Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today is a good day.

I'm going to take a break from my blog-coma to just share my thoughts about today.

I don't work in a very politically charged environment. It seems more of a keep it up your sleeve kind of office. But today, for a moment, a handful of us gathered in the large conference room to watch the inauguration on CNN live.

For 30 minutes, a handful of like-minded but very different people sat in awe, watching a truly historic moment. I've seen the facebook updates all day long -- some people arguing that despite the historical significance, he has no magic wand. And while that's true, I think something should be said for such an amazing rally of people who seem just a bit more hopeful and a bit happier.

It's amazing to watch, and I'm happy to sit back and watch stoic people smile, and watch cynical people crack - just enough - to think, well, maybe.

While I was watching, I heard from a friend who's traveling in Europe. Where he was in Brussels, people were gathered around a TV to watch.

I'm happy to have seen it. I hope for the best. I feel today, more than most days, that there is always hope for change, because change is inevitable. It will happen. It's just a matter of keeping up with the tide.

Hugs and kisses to you, Interweb.



Srg said...

I agree with you completely. I watched it at my desk at work while eating lunch. Between the historical significance and the hope for change, I left work today with an air of optimism, which is always a good feeling after a day at work.

Geiger Girl said...

I didn't get the chance to watch it at work, but I read the text of his speech. It actually brought a tear to my eye. Eloquent and powerful. I'm looking forward to the follow-up.

Andy said...

I spent the day talking to students about what they thought of the inauguration.
First grader to classmate: I don't like this show. I want to watch Spongebob.
Classmate: Duh, (kid's name), this is the inaugumation. It's the president.
First grader: I'm bored anyway.

The future is in safe hands.