Yes We Did!

Yes We Did!

Inaguration Day 2009 We are flying the flag today for Barack Obama, for the restoration of the Constitution of the United States of America, for the revival of the American Dream.

I hate crowds, but there’s part of me that now wishes I’d somehow managed to go to DC. What a day. What a miraculous day. I have a staff meeting that starts just when he’s supposed to take the oath and I think that I’m just going to have to call in late. I can watch the speech on TiVo, but I need to see, in real time, that this actually happens. That it’s real.

I really have no words to express how proud I am of America. How thrilled I am that the long long shadow of the Reagan revolution, a shadow that has fallen over my entire adult life, might now be lifted. That selfishness disguised as individualism might no longer be the norm, that working for the collective good, that working to raise those who among us who are least able to help themselves might once more be seen as a civic duty, that millions and millions of little children will see that yes, we can.

The waterworks are starting already. It’s going to be a very emotional day.

6 thoughts on “Yes We Did!

  1. I wish so much that your dreams would come true.
    Sadly, they will not.

    While this administration simply CANNOT be any worse than the last one, politicians are still selfish, they only work for the collective good of “them” and “theirs” and with the “constitution being restored” you mean all of it except perhaps the second amendment?

    Sorry. I sound bitter. I just think we’re only marginally better off. Politicians are too deep into the “you scratch mine, I’ll scratch yours” to make a difference. 🙁

  2. I think it was so great yesterday that the Peotus and the Vpeotus and thier wives did service as an example of what Obama talked about in his speech today. I am energized and have faith in the future and Mr. Obama and the American people finally waking up gave that to me.

  3. I’m sorry you’re feeling so gloomy about things Meadowlark, but don’t go raining on my parade. I am thrilled that we have a Constitutional scholar at the helm, and am ready to pitch in as he asked us during his speech in order to rebuild our economy and our political system. I watched the inauguration with my entire workgroup on an audio and video bridge — my manager, a newly-naturalized Indian-born citizen, three writers in Ireland who were as thrilled as we were, and folks in San Jose, Raleigh, Miami and here in Montana. We were all thrilled to the core. I continue to believe that Yes. We Can.

  4. I also have enjoyed watching the festivities today and I plan on fully supporting our new president in any way I am asked to serve. But I have been intrigued by the peoples response to volunteerism. The people I know have been volunteering their whole lives and it has been an integral part of their lives. So why with Obama do people think this is a new idea?

  5. As thrilled and sniffly as I was throughout the inauguration, the devil on my shoulder was gleeful at the sight of Bush being escorted all the way to the helicopter that took him away. I wish the festivities would’ve included a group of villagers with torches and pitchforks, chasing him out of D.C.. Ceremonial only, of course.

    Obama may not have invented volunteerism, but he’s surely blown new life into it. The Reagan-Bush junta has depressed me since I was twelve. I am renewed and animated by Obama’s energy.

  6. yer right. I was just crabby and that was stupid to do just as you said – rain on your parade.

    I hope you’ll forgive me, and know that I actually do feel a teensy tiny bit optimistic after listening to some speeches. I mean, there’s just no way it could get any WORSE than the last 8 years.

    Sorry again. 🙂

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