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January 20th, 2009
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How Wonderful Was That?
And how much did I cry?

Even Rick Warren wasn't that bad. What's the deal with Roberts screwing up the oath? You might think he didn't want Obama to be president :-).

I thought the poem was a bit disappointing but the quartet was amazing. Beautiful music, brilliantly played, accessible to anyone, and does any musician look as *happy* performing as Yo-Yo Ma does?

The speech - inspiring, moving, *smart*. The history geek in me wanted, when he said, "Now 44 Americans have taken this oath" to have him add "and two of them were Grover Cleveland" but I guess it would have ruined the solemnity of the occasion.

The benediction was lovely, I thought.

A beautiful ceremony. And a wonderful day.

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From:fantasyenabler
Date:January 20th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
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"and two of them were Grover Cleveland"

*Snerk. Snort.*

*Spews Diet Coke everywhere*

Okay, it's official. I am a huge geek. I found that hilarious. :)

I also thought the speech was very well done and that it contained some fantastic language. In fact, it outshone the "poem" to a tremendous degree. As did the music. I loved it. The composer, John Williams, and all of the peformers breathed some real life into an old Shaker air.

As did the young man who wrote the bulk of this speech for Obama, I'd have to say, only in this case he breathed that air into the crowd at the Mall. Speaking as someone who is neither a Democrat nor a Republican, who actually prefers third party voting, my thoughts during most political speeches are usually, "Uh, huh. Uh, huh. Nice words. Now let's see if you can actually make it happen." This speech though...it would be nice to see much of what he mentioned become a reality, and what I do like about Obama thus far is the fact that he has energized people who were previously quite lethargic about concepts like "civic duty," "community service," and "personal responsibility" to become more engaged in neighborhood activities. If he can continue to rouse such energies, perhaps he can actually make it possible for many of the items he mentioned to be accomplished.

Given what's happened in the past though, I think that at least for now, I'll take my usual "Wait and see," approach. Hopefully, somewhere around April, I'll start to be pleasantly surprised.

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From:mofic
Date:January 20th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Sister Geek! To add to the geekiness, my reaction to John Williams was "Star Wars John Williams?"
From:fantasyenabler
Date:January 20th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
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I know! :) It's nice, though, to hear one of his compositions played in such a venue, even if it does incorporate a previously existing song. I've always loved his music, but people don't typically want to discuss the "Theme from Superman" strictly on its musical merits.
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From:ringthebells
Date:January 20th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
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"and two of them were Grover Cleveland"

*snort*

Yeah, that might've had a negative impact on the solemnity. But, um, if at any point you happen to become President of the United States yourself, you should probably try to work it into your speech. It would be memorable! :-)

It was a beautiful ceremony, and a great speech. I am so happy for you guys right now -- and for all of us!
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From:mofic
Date:January 20th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
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But, um, if at any point you happen to become President of the United States yourself, you should probably try to work it into your speech.

I'm constitutionally ineligible. Or at least until this year I thought I was and now I'm not so sure. Still, not very likely :-).

I'm happy for all of us, too!
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From:ringthebells
Date:January 20th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
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I'm constitutionally ineligible.

Oh, were you born in Canada?
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From:mofic
Date:January 20th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I was born in Winnipeg. But I was born a US citizen, so maybe I'm a "natural born citizen" if John McCain, who was also born outside of the U.S., is.
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From:ringthebells
Date:January 20th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
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It sounds likely!

Me, I was born in Halifax as a Canadian citizen, but I was the daughter of an American citizen (my dad), so my dad used to joke that they could probably figure out a way to declare me eligible to be President if they wanted me badly enough. :-) (I, uh, don't think I'll be running, though.)
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From:mofic
Date:January 20th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
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I was also born to a U.S. citizen father and Canadian citizen mother. I have dual citizenship.
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From:ringthebells
Date:January 20th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Ah, a very similar situation, then! Except I don't have dual citizenship; perhaps it would have been possible, but my parents never pursued it. (I am, on the other hand, still eligible for dual Canadian/British citizenship thanks to my mother's side—however it would require about $2000 to process the paperwork, so it's not worth it unless I suddenly decide to move there!)
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From:mofic
Date:January 20th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
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I don't even think it was a slip of the tongue. If he'd said "43" it would seem to contradict all the "44th President" stuff.

I think there just wasn't any elegant way of saying "Well I'm called the 44th president but that's only because we have this convention of upping the number by one when we change presidents but not when someone is reelected. And really, if not for Grover Cleveland this wouldn't be an issue."

Edited at 2009-01-20 09:28 pm (UTC)
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