Jan 20, 2009

Congratulations Mr. President!

First- a word of warning- I was up all night last night, so I might not be totally lucid. My son had the opportunity to sing with a choir at an inaugural gala last night, so he had to grab it! Unfortunately, his Physics professor was expecting him at an 8 am class this morning, so we left our house at 2 am after my son returned and drove through the night, arriving just in time for him to grab a coffee at Starbucks and go to class.

Luckily my hotel let me check in early. I had already gotten a parking ticket on campus this morning, and the bookstore had cancelled my son's book reservation because he had not picked it up yet, so I was in no mood to sleep in my car this morning. I got a nap in, and woke up just as the swearing in ceremony started. Here is the view from my seat for the inauguration:

With that in mind, excuse my while I share my rambly thoughts. First, holy crap, I am the same age of the President of the United States! Somehow I find that scary. I guess the next step will be being older than the president, but this is just a little strange for me now. Second, I was surprised by how emotional the swearing in has made me. I have been the cynic, when I hear everyone talking about the change that will be coming, I sort of think "I'll believe it when I see it" because I know that change is often so hard to bring about, and we have been disappointed before. It was so moving to see the huge crowds of excited people. President Obama's words were so strong and effective. My sleepy foggy brain can't put my feelings into words. I'll just say God Bless you, Mr. President and then I will go finish my much needed nap!

8 comments:

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

How awesome!! I missed the inag, but I will watch it taped later.

Estela said...

I teared up when President Obama & Michelle got out to walk during the parade. The crowd was so cheering so loud, I couldn't help it! haha

Maggie said...

Oh, me too Estela, partly from the crowd, partly because you could see how much they are devoted to each other.

kim* said...

congrats mr prez.

Dori said...

It was a wonderful day and seeing those crowds of people, all there together,it just made me tear up. What a day! :)

Bella Casa said...

It's a beautiful day, is all I could sing that day! So much hope and promise...so much to fix after 8 years of the other administration though...a long road to go, but at least we have hope.

AVCr8teur said...

How exciting for your son to be part of the inaugural. Who needs sleep when you are part of history! I was thinking about the same thing the other about a President in my age range. Seeing crowds everywhere cheer Pres. Obama on really made me feel good.

Marie said...

I AM older than the president now!! First time ever. :(

Dick Cavett wrote a great piece too about getting choked up (I'm Not Weeping It's An Allergy). Too funny. There's a link to it in my blog post about the inauguration.

You must have been so proud of your son! Congratulations.