Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

Wonderful, uplifting, historic. Even if it did take about 8 hours to actually see it.

Due to an early morning physical therapy appointment, I had to work through lunch, and clocking out for lunch was the only way anyone at my place of employment would have gotten to see it. One brave soul (about 6 months away from retirement and a true-blue I-don't-give-a-damn-what-you-threaten-me-with type) tuned in on her computer. Everybody else headed over to the break room or continued working as though it were just another day. Maybe those who appeared indifferent were doing exactly as I did -- going home to watch it on You Tube or news rebroadcasts on cable. But the atmosphere in the office was distinctly one of "We didn't vote for him and therefore we have no interest in anything other than making snide remarks to each other about him. And if you leave here to go watch it, well, we know all about YOU, don't we?"

Even a friend of mine from church, who works for a different company in the same building (a major sponsor of liberal events in our city), reported something similar. They had a TV there, but people who went over to watch felt vaguely uncomfortable, as though something were being recorded unfavorably in their personnel file.

I remember about 10 years ago, when I lived in Atlanta, the company I worked for installed a TV on every floor so we could watch -- are you ready? John Glenn participating in a space shuttle mission!

Some people recognize that history is a force that transcends personal opinion.

Best wishes for success and happiness, President Obama!


Kay Dennison said...

Amen!!!! Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it!

I thought his speech was excellent.

Comrade Kevin said...

You can't win over everyone, sadly.

I picked up a book today entitled Why Obama Won. Unbelievably, here in my home state of Alabama he only got 10% of the white vote. But the flip side of that is that he has a 53% approval rating in the state going into his first term.

Sometimes I wish I could convert the willfully ignorant and if that didn't work, then there's always brainwashing. :-)

Dusty said...

My school district in northwestern Oregon asked the teachers to do their best to gather into large groups and watch cable feeds of the inauguration, because there were so many teachers who wanted to watch the event with their classes that the district feared it would crash our network if everyone watched an online feed -- all that is available in most classrooms.

Does that make you feel better?

Volly said...


It does. I heard about some schools where students were not allowed to watch the ceremonies, with the excuse that it was "controversial."


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I actually didn't watch the ceremony, but only because I was busy with other things. I did, however, listen to it on CBC radio and it brought a tear to my eyes.

Yowza! I don't normally comment on wv, but you are not going to believe this one: change

How prophetic is that?