Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Change, Relief and Doubt

You don't need me to tell you that today was a historic day that will have a profound effect on all of us.  But I will anyway.

We will no longer be able to make jokes at George W. Bush's expense every morning at the water cooler.  How will we possibly fill our time?  With work?  Jeez.  That's not a change I need.

Hopefully though, the W. Quote a Day calendars will continue to be released every year so we can all remember how lucky we are that those 8 dark years are finally over.  

Work set up the projector in the auditorium so that we could watch the inauguration over lunch.  Obama's speech was great, but I don't know how it will rank in the grand scheme of all inauguration speeches.  While it was a nice speech, it didn't light a candle to the benediction by Reverend Lowery, who was a civil rights leader in the 60's and perhaps, one of the oldest rappers... "Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around ... when yellow will be mellow ... when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen."

Amen brother!  I am white and I will embrace what is right (I mean, left)!  I don't know about the yellow being mellow though.  I'll have to ask some of my Asian friends.

ABC news just told me that there were no arrests on the Mall.  And I haven't heard of anyone getting snuffed out from the cold.  Damn good day.  A damn good day that I've waited for for a long time.  I'm relieved that it is finally here and can't wait for Obama and his team to start to put things straight.  But I know its going to be a long difficult road.  Its going to take a long time to undo what 8 years of the Bush administration.  And I hope that people can hold on, do their part, and keep the hope alive.  The guy can do it, but its going to take years.

And, if you got to watch any of the ceremonies today, you might have noticed that Obama wasn't shivering.  The dude was totally wearing mantyhose.

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