A New Day Dawns…where were you?
I spent the better part of yesterday at Wendy’s. We watched the speeches, the music, the crowd and the swearing in. I feel blessed to have witnessed such a monumental moment in American History. President Obama’s term in office started with a moving call to action. I felt it was one of those get up off your collective ass and make something happen kind of speeches. I like that. We are a Nation built from blood, sweat and tears. We are a Nation of innovators, doers, thinkers, inventors, boot-strappers. We can rebuild our Nation. I felt like he made it pretty clear that we are each responsible for doing our part, whatever that part is, to get the country back on its feet. He didn’t promise that government would do it all for us….they will do their part, we must do ours. Now…I need to figure out what my part is. (Stayed tuned)
I spoke to Henry after the event was over and he was as full of excitement as I was. The art department drug a big screen TV into the entry area of the building and even placed a good number of chairs around. They had some difficulty in caching all of it, though. They had to watch the BBC feed (7 minute or so lag) because the CNN feed was choppy. Unfortunately the BBC had to run its broadcast test thing right in the middle, so they lost that. Then they wen to the choppy CNN coverage and it was lost…so one lady had a tiny radio that she turned up full blast to at least hear what was going on and then they went to someone’s office and watched some online. They finally go the V going again and got to see the end. Let me say that everyone was pretty determined to see and/or hear it! I have pictures below.
You may remember that we were in Iowa for the caucus. We actually were able to caucus because we were living there for his school. We were Clinton supporters…but I had a feeling that she may not make it and it turned out that she didn’t. I’m not sorry that I supported her, but I am also not sorry that ultimately she was not the one. I was very happy to vote for Obama and I think his temperament and his work ethic will be just the thing our country needs. By the time November rolled around, we had moved back to TN. So, we got to vote for Obama in our home state. I finished my Tuscany Shawl just in time to wear it to vote….so it is really my Obama shawl. I wore it again yesterday when he was sworn in. I think that is one piece of clothing that I will always keep and I will always associate it with this moment in history.
Here’s a bunch of photos from my experience in TN and Henry’s in Iowa.