America 2.0 - Remaking Our Nation

“You must be the change you want to see in the world”
- Mahatma Gandhi


So, any thoughts on yesterday’s inauguration activities? I watched it after I dropped off Ben and started doing a little play by play, but then I had a conference call (right when they were swearing him in!) and then had to work so I really only did it for the first hour or so. All in all, I am so happy that there was such an incredible turnout. I sat here, in/on my office/couch watching history being made. There were a lot of motions that I felt, that I’m sure a lot of my fellow Americans felt - pride, happiness, hope, amazement…I am looking forward to the next four years. I know it’s not going to change overnight, but I have a feeling that things are going to get better.

Anyway, here’s my thoughts:

  • George H. Bush is really getting old. He’s my preferred Bush president. It’s a little saddening to see him struggling to get on the stage.
  • Jimmy Carter is still lookin’ good. He kinda reminds of Jerry Lewis for some reason.
  • I met Rahm Emanuel once. He was INTENSE, like he was looking into my soul. He was campaigning to be a congressman at my train station, shaking hands with people passing by. He made sure to look everyone in the eye as they shook their hand. Friendly, but you got the feeling that he could make you spontaneously combust with just a look.
  • The Bush daughters are lookin’ good. The open letter that they wrote to the Obama daughters was sweet.
  • Am I the only one who is completely enchanted by how cute and well behaved Malia and Sasha Obama are?
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  • I know that Rick Warren was a controversial choice to do the invocation, but when I listened to his words I felt that it could have been applied to all people - regardless of age, race or sexual orientation.
  • What the heck was that on Aretha Franklin’s head?
  • Was that an encyclopedia that Joe Biden did his oath on?
  • Nice to see that Itzhak Perlman is still alive and kickin’.
  • I had an 11am call with a client, the same time that Obama was being sworn in. Once we got on the call, they were like, “Can we make this fast so we can get back to our desktops and watch the inauguration?”
  • I think it was really moving to see Michelle Obama, the descendant of slaves, standing next to her husband as he said the oath to become the President of the United States, holding the bible of the man who freed her ancestors
  • I was really surprised at how short the oath of office was. You blink and the thing’s over. Then again, it was a few seconds longer because Chief Justice John Roberts switched around the words to the oath and Obama had obviously memorized them, then got thrown off when they were switched around.
  • Goodbye, George Bush…I’ll miss watching your speeches and laughing with Dave, saying to ourselves, “What a goofball!”.
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  • I wasn’t as wowed by Obama’s inaugural speech as I thought I would be. It was a good speech, but it didn’t floor me like his DNC 2004 Keynote speech did. There were several memorable lines, my favorite being - “And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.”
  • I envy those people who made the trip there to witness history. However, I’m kinda glad I watched it from my couch, in my heated home, as well.
  • I watched CNN’s coverage, and as the day wore on, started getting really annoyed when they all started talking over each other.
  • With that said, did anyone catch when CNN had Quincy Jones on the phone, and Campbell Brown had a question - when they said she had a question, the first thing Quincy said was something like, “You’re a pretty little thing…” and you could hear the CNN guys laughing and Campbell get flustered. After that, the whole thing went down the drain because he wasn’t listening to her question and one of the guys ended up asking Quincy the question for her.
  • Everyone’s been talking about Michelle Obama’s style - I think her daytime dress was great for a first lady, but I’ve seen her wear better. I guess I was expecting a little more “wow!”
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  • Jill Biden, however, was sassy in her red coat and go go boots
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  • It was pretty cool (though pretty risky) that the Obamas came out of their car so many times on their way to the parade. I’m sure that they understood how far people had come and how much the moment meant to them.
  • I have a feeling that Joe Biden feels like a rock star right now, and he loves it!
  • Am I the only one who thought it was awesome that Obama threw up the shaka as the Punahou marching band from Hawaii passed?
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  • Big props to my ol’ college chum Vernon, who marched in the parade with the Gay and Lesbian Band Association, the first time that any association for gays and lesbians had marched in the inaugural parade. Way to go, Vern!
  • At first I didn’t like Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown, but when she stood straight she looked elegant in it, which won me over.
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  • I’m so happy that we’ve got people leading our country who can dance. Well, at least Michelle does. Barack tries, but you know Michelle’s the one with the moves. Their first dance was beautifully done by Beyonce, who got teary eyed at the end when she realized how incredible the occasion was, which, of course, got me teary eyed.
  • Ahh…I think that’s about all I have. Today was a long, amazing day. I have such hope for the future of this country, as well as for the citizens that live in it. We are recharged, we are excited about what lies before us, and although we are in hard times, we all have the feeling that together we can climb out of this dark pit into the light.

    Yes…yes we can.


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2009-01-22 04:56:53

Nino says

I loved how Obama’s speech didn’t let anyone off the hook and just plain laid out the cold, hard truth…

I had forgotten how sweet Aretha’s voice is…

Held my breath/froze for the first few minutes when the Obama’s got out and walked Pennsylvania Ave.

Charles Gibson busted out laughing when ABC’s cameras caught Rahm Emanuel shaking hands with the crowd, then raising his right hand to his face, thumb to nose, fingers extended and waving…

Enjoyed the little bits of the parade & ball on my cell between flights…

I feel the hope Obama has given our country…

2009-01-22 08:46:56

Valerie says

awesome post Yano!

2009-01-22 10:30:21

Sue says

Tues. was a day I thought I would never see. I’m so proud of the gains our country has made but we still have a ways to go. I love our new president and his family and wish them all the best.

2009-01-24 22:13:18

Dee says

One Bush was enough so no Bush should ever be allowed to try out for the White House again! Plus Rick Warren is still an idiot!

2009-01-27 11:14:25

Jackie says

I felt the same way about Michelle’s ballgown. It eventually won me over…. plus with her elegance and class, she was exquisite in it. I LOVE all the inaugural pictures. It still gives me goosebumps.

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