Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inauguration Day

Ned and Penny watched their first presidential inauguration on television at my friend Julie's house.  They didn't seem particularly interested - although Penny does love to watch TV!  It was hard to listen to the commentary and speeches while three infants ate, cried, played and finally (after it was all over) slept.  Here they are with Georgie, Julie's little girl who is a few days younger than my kids. 



Watching such a quiet, peaceful transition of power (especially to another political party) makes me appreciate living in the United States. I was a little disturbed by the posters of President Obama - looked a little like those posters I saw in Latin America of dictators. I hope that people realize that just because we have a new president it doesn't mean that terrorist threats are over or that the economy will automatically bounce back. It isn't our government that can fix those things but rather the country collectively (don't get me started on "economic stimulus" packages that both Bush and Obama advocate).  I am thrilled that Americans seem so electrified and hope everyone uses that energy to make changes at a local level. 

In more fun news American Idol is back and my sister does an AWESOME recap. She used to just email it around but thanks to her new love of blogging you can all enjoy. Check her out after each episode.

9 comments:

A. said...

Yeah, I'm a little overwhelmed by the "rock star" treatment Obama's been getting. I don't think the mania is going to make his job easier - he needs to be free to focus on his very important job.

Stacey said...

I think his head is firmly attached and he'll be OK. Thanks for the AI shout out!

LauraC said...

I'm with you on the economic stimulus packages! I won't get into political beliefs or debates on anything though :)

That pic of all three babies watching the inauguration is classic!

Theresa said...

I agree on those posters, although there is now one hanging in the National Portrait Gallery...artist named Sheperd Fairey. You can buy one on Ebay for like $2,000.

Yeah, the whole rock star thing bothers me. I am 100% an Obama supporter, but then you have these yahoos that know nothing about the issues and are just caught up in the hype. It is sort of like a giant group of pink-hat-wearing Red Sox fans. I am optimistic, but not delusional. I think the expectations are way too high, but hope that Obama will rise to the challenge and make all Americans proud. And for Americans to feel connected and empowered is what is going to get the country out of its current state - not any sort of stimulus package. We definitely agree on that.

Goddess in Progress said...

Inauguration tummy time! I love it! And Ned's hair is really starting to come in, huh? He'll out-grow Daniel in that department any day now. :-)

Theresa said...

However, I did not mean to be disrespectful by saying "yahoos", because the fact that the President drew in so many people that would otherwise be outside the system is what got him elected. So I guess I like the "pink hats"!!

G. said...

I don't watch AI, but your sister's recap may get me watching!

Nancy said...

I don't even remember what I was going to write...Theresa's "It is sort of like a giant group of pink-hat-wearing Red Sox fans" made me laugh out loud and forget *blush*

Either way - what a very cute picture :)

JRowe said...

And Georgianna was thrilled to appear on your blog! Thanks for coming over!