It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Sigh…

“Why are you crying, Mary?”

“Because I’m so very happy, sweetie. It’s okay.”

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January 20, 2009 - Posted by | commemoration | , ,

11 Comments »

  1. Amen.

    and amen.

    Comment by Cindy C - "Darcy'sMom" | January 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. Watching the inauguration were we? I shed a few happy tears myself.

    Yes, on my laptop with the tots gathered round. The picture was added the moment after you commented.

    Comment by Zayna | January 20, 2009 | Reply

  3. I thought I could do laundry while watching it, but then I was just temped to use clean shirts to wipe my eyes. Finally decided that sometimes there are just more important things than laundry!

    There are indeed.

    Comment by Jill in Atlanta | January 20, 2009 | Reply

  4. It is a great day to be an American, regardless of your political views.

    As I listened to Aretha Franklin singing right before the oaths, I shed a tear as the significance of the moment truly hit me. Because as I gazed upon the face of the man who was about to become our president, a man that I did not vote for but hold out the utmost hope for…and then looked around the room at the faces of six happy, beautiful children playing, half of whom are black…the realization struck me that this is the man who is going to show each of these six children that they can be, do, achieve…ANYTHING!

    Professor of constitutional law at Harvard is no mean achievement, come to that, but if you’re an American citizen, can there be any higher achievement than this?

    Comment by Bev | January 20, 2009 | Reply

  5. WOW, he’s got a lot to live up to poor bloke!

    I am delighted that he got in, and sure it will be good for the US in various ways, but to be honest, I’m not holding my breath for world peace to suddenly break out.

    Course not. I suppose there are people naive enough to think it might, but most of us are just relieved, hence the euphoria. But I don’t think it will be good only for the US; with a country as powerful as theirs, his administration will, like all others before his, have some sort of global impact.

    Comment by Juggling mother | January 20, 2009 | Reply

  6. Amen.

    Comment by daysgoby | January 20, 2009 | Reply

  7. Me too.

    Except that I cried during Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill and Gabriela Montero’s beautiful rendition of “What a Gift to be Simple” right before the swearing in.

    I know it as “Lord of the Dance”, but it’s the same song — same words, too. It was lovely. (Someone I know was rather pleased that Yo-Yo Ma got a bigger round of applause than Rick Warren…) I was also touched by Aretha Franklin. Great stuff.

    Comment by karyn | January 20, 2009 | Reply

  8. My husband was born into this country at a time when he would have hardly been able to sit next to Barack Obama on a bus, let alone even imagine watching him become president. So, while there are plenty of wonderful African-Americans role models who have achieved greatness, President Obama has now achieved what, not long ago, most people did not expect to see in their lifetime. And now he is a very PUBLIC role model, someone that young people will hear about every day.

    And no, I don’t expect world peace, and I don’t expect all our country’s problems to be fixed in a few days or months or even years. But I am going to be optimistic and hopeful.

    Comment by Bev | January 20, 2009 | Reply

  9. I’m late but in full agreement. In fact, I was also folding laundry (or trying) while watching but was afraid I’d end up using my husband’s shirt to wipe a few tears away as well.
    (I did get the laundry folded while I watched a bit of the luncheon, afterwards–so it was a Very Good Day!)

    Comment by LoryKC | January 21, 2009 | Reply

  10. Oh yes. I was working my ass off and missed the inauguration, but was all teary when he won the election. Oh, totally.

    Comment by Suzi | January 22, 2009 | Reply

  11. We were there, and we cried.

    Comment by Allison | January 26, 2009 | Reply


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