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In which politics are discussed (BEWARE)

21 January 2009

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I had six straight hours of class today, otherwise I would’ve gone to London to party it up. If you watch this video, at 0:53, you’ll see 2 tables full of my peeps celebrating at the Hard Rock. Pretend I’m one of the people with their backs turned.

Instead, I wore my Obama buttonday-132

and managed to catch the Inauguration on the telly at Medicine, one of the campus pubs, with a friend of mine from New Zealand. It was rather fun to provide commentary during the opening bits about who was who, and what was going on, and why I was laughing at the ornery looking man in a wheelchair. There were a handful of other students there (no other Americans as far as I could tell) but everyone got really quiet when Obama started speaking, and there was polite applause at the end, by which I mean, everyone went back about their business while I cheered like a maniac.

It was a bit upsetting that after all of the great orating that has come out of Barack Obama, he stumbled over the oath of office!! However, I maintain that it was all John Roberts’ fault.inaug-3

Every time I think about the speech, I get goosebumps all over again. Here’s one of my favorite parts:

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less.

It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.

Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

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I agree. Thumbs up.

Other exciting events in my OBAMA DAY celebration include watching a billion hours of coverage of the post swearing in events. Rachel Maddow is my new favorite person, and I don’t really understand by Chris Matthews says “Americans” the way that he does, but anyway, gotta love that non-stop coverage.

Tomorrow morning, I fully expect to wake up to angels singing from the heavens and baby bunnies prancing in the meadow and people spontaneously hugging each other on the sidewalk and cookies wafting their fresh-baked goodness through the air.


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