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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today is the day

Inauguration day. I am finding myself a bit speechless today. I feel like I'm seeing history in the making...and I am. We are. Today is history in the making. I feel a little bouncy and twirly, like Morgan always is.

I had so much I wanted to say about today, but I'm having trouble with the words. I never thought I'd see this in my lifetime; an African American in the White House. It's so much bigger than that, but this is so huge. 40 years ago, my Aunt couldn't marry her boyfriend in her county, because it was illegal. (Might have been in her state, I'm not sure, but she fought her county on it.) Because she was white and he was black. My uncle could go to war for this country, die for this country, but he couldn't marry the woman he loved because of the color of his skin. Today, a black man is going to be sworn in as our next President. It's just....I don't have the words. It's huge.

I never thought I'd see a man or woman in the White House, who I actually liked. (Clinton was okay, but I was a kid when he was elected. I didn't pay much attention to what he'd done, until it was too late.) A man who I believe has substance, intellect, responsibility, new ideas, and accountability. That last one, is huge for me. An honest man in the White House, what a concept. I am not clueless, I do not believe he is perfect, nor do I believe tomorrow the world will magically change. But I think he will help us move in the right direction.

Mostly though, I am dam excited. I wish I could be there. With my 2 million other Americans. Heck, I'd take being able to watch it on TV live. But no, I have to wait for my husband to come home. I am TIVO'ing it, while I am sitting at home. Logan owes me big time for this. Tonight, as a family, we will watch our new president be sworn in. We'll watch his speech and whatever else they are showing. I'll let my girls stay up and watch, even though it will run past their bedtime. Because today is a great day in America and I want them to be a part of it; to understand, to the best of their ability, that today is a special day. Today we welcome in our 44th President.

Welcome President Obama. I am so thrilled for you.


Jaden Paige said...

The only reason my post this morning is so short is that I just don't have the words to explain how I'm feeling. It's beyond my comprehension, really. It's amazing. Incredible. Wonderful.

Here's to new beginnings.

Becky said...

even though i'm not a huge fan of his it was def an awesome event in history. i watched it live!

debra said...

Since I had to work, I recorded it all too. I am overcome with emotion and I can't wait to see how things unfold over the next four years.

Please, please, please...let it be all we're hoping for.

heartatpreschool said...

It is truly an AWEsome day!

PsychMamma said...

Well said. J called it "Obama Day." I called it a beautiful day. I have hope, and that's a good thing.

Susan said...

What did you think about his speech? I thought it was terribly moving and strong. It was a good day.

J at said...

You are totally awesome for waiting. I was on a stupid conference call during...can you believe someone scheduled it then? I taped it and watched RIGHT after.