Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Welcome...

... President Obama. And First Lady Michelle. I've been sitting here watching the festivities and choking up more than once with the overwhelming emotion of the moment. Forget the historical stuff, this is personal. An immigrant myself, I'm tempted to say that this is the first time I have felt... American. And today, it's a good feeling.

8 comments:

thailandchani said...

It's the civility. I haven't seen that in government for, oh... 20 years. :)


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citizen of the world said...

I could not stop crying as I watched.

roger said...

a fitting end to the bush diaries.

the whole thing, every inspiring and uplifting comment, aretha franklin's "my country tis of thee," and especially obama's speech, was a subtle but deep rebuke to bush and the republicans....and too many democrats.

Anonymous said...

the only as good as Aretha was Pete Seeger singing Woody Guthrie's "this Land is My Land, this land is Your Land" the other day.

pix-a-daisy said...

Yes! A truly historical day, indeed. I especially thrilled that my kids got the chance to watch some of it at school (grades 3rd and 6th).

kitewood said...

Welcome to what I always believed America could be.

Cardozo said...

I experienced a palpable sense of relief as the oath was administered.

Thanks, Peter, for your voice of humor, compassion and sanity during the last painful years of the Bush administration.

"We will extend a hand, if you are willing to open your fist."

Hows that for a Buddhist president?

Nancy Youdelman said...

Woohoo! What a wonderful time I had watching the inauguration. It made me love this country again.

I was especially taken with Obama saying to choose hope instead of fear.

Thanks Peter for your heartfelt post!