I live-"blogged" the inauguration, except by "blogged" it was more like "a combination of writing in long-hand and twittering via text." And, I have no real timestamps, just chronological order....but you pretty much can figure out the timeline. Enjoy!
Upon waking up and checking my text messages from Twitter: I have 26 tweets from nprpolitics' coverage of the inauguration. TWENTY-SIX. But it's okay, because it's a big day today.
Later, at lunch:
It was mentioned that Martin Luther King (whose birthday was actually last week, but was celebrated yesterday) said in his famous speech "This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty." (If you may recall, I learned a piece to the MLK speech last season) It just resounded in me so deeply...MLK day was yesterday, we're here today inaugurating our first-ever African-American president, and we're invoking a uote from the great Martin Luther King, Jr right before the song is sung by the grande dame of African-American mezzo sopranos. I was in tears before she ever started singing.
Also: Nice hat, Ms. Franklin.
Following Biden's oath, while we were cheering:
Fellow: "You think they're cheering for Biden, or cheering 'cause Cheney's gone?"
Me: "Well, I know I'm cheering for the former....but I'm also cheering really hardcore for the latter."
Fellow: "You are going to get along really well around here."
Right after Obama's oath (these are all via Twitter-text, so if you "follow" me you've seen these before):
HOLY SHIT PEOPLE WE DID IT. OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER.
During the speech:
Obama quoted my favorite Bible verse. Looove.
Some favorite statements and/or reactions: "Starting today we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin the work of remaking America." XD
"What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them."
"Know that America is a friend of each nation." WORD, Mr. President. You freaking rock. "We are the keepers of this legacy."
The awesome statements in this address are coming too fast for me to quote via text.
"We are willing to extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist." YEAH!!!!!!!
"Let us mark this day in remembrance of who we are and how far we have traveled." Again, I can't fully quote the awes ome-ness because it's coming at too rapid a pace!
I'm crying..... crying a LOT right now. But it's cool, because I'm crying HAPPY tears..... yes we can! Or, as my company director is fond of saying: "Yes, we did!"
After arriving home:
Nap. Must nap.
Was woken from my post-celebration nap by a friend pounding on my door. Um,not cool. He was yelling "Barack is in the house!," and I was like, "Yeah, he's been there for hours already, pal; where've you been?"
No, no, no, no, NO Ted Kennedy, do NOT compare our new President to JFK, THAT IS NOT A GOOD OMEN FOR US. Don't make me come over there.
Well, Obama made it through the parade safely. He even made part of the parade on foot. This is good. But seriously, people, stop comparing our kick-ass new President to JFK. Yes, they both have being awesome in common, but....you know where I'm going with this, do I need to spell it out for you?
Seriously, though, what a great day. I've been waiting for this for EIGHT YEARS. Woo-hoo. Let's do it, America.