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You know, today is what New Year's should feel like and never quite does.

There could be no inauguration viewing at work, so at lunchtime, Intern A and I stole Intern B's apartment keys, ran down the block to his building, and watched it on his enormous flat screen with his cats for company. I loved every moment of it. I could hardly believe that it really happened. I looked at those shots of 2 million people gathered on the Mall to celebrate, and I just had to laugh even while I was tearing up. I thought, "This is us, this is the real US."

I know that the past eight years have been us too, have been our dark side and our greed, fear and anger, but. This massive party to honor the fair election of a man who encourages us to hope and to be responsible and to break down the barriers that still keep us apart...it's much closer to the image I hold in my heart and mind of who we are and what we stand for.

We brought dignity back, you guys. We elected a man who brought class, and kindness, and respect to his first day on the job. I had forgotten what it felt like to not be ashamed of my leader. I am just flat out grateful to be reminded today, and so, so looking forward to tomorrow.

Date: 2009-01-21 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kassrachel.livejournal.com
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Date: 2009-01-21 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giddygeek.livejournal.com
You tooooo, Kass. Honestly, I just want to go around and hug everyone who voted for or supported the man. I am feeling the love. *grins*

Date: 2009-01-21 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arallara.livejournal.com
You know, today is what New Year's should feel like and never quite does.

Dude, that's it exactly! Yes. Exactly.

I'm glad you got to watch it. I had to work today, but I told my supervisor I was going to take a 15-minute break and at least watch him get sworn in live online. I taped hours of coverage, though, including the rest of the actual inauguration ceremony, so my mom and I will watch that soon. How good that it was during lunchtime on the east coast!

Date: 2009-01-21 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giddygeek.livejournal.com
The inauguration ban was so obnoxious! Intern A and I were lucky -- we have staggered lunches at work. Some of my coworkers don't have their lunch hour until like, 2pm. But we have the 12-1 lunch and Intern B's apartment is literally just down the block, so it worked out really well. I'm glad you got to watch the swearing in -- the whole ceremony is amazing. I keep watching bits of it and sniffling. Yay for watching later with your mom -- you will looooove it.

Well. Most of it. Some of it (coughWarrencough) I could've lived without. *G*

Date: 2009-01-21 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilydale.livejournal.com
You said that very well. :-)

Date: 2009-01-21 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giddygeek.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm feeling a little incoherent with glee, so that is good to hear. *grins*

Date: 2009-01-21 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teenygozer.livejournal.com
Well said! I guess eloquence is catching!

Date: 2009-01-21 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giddygeek.livejournal.com
Heee. Just watch, by 2010 we'll all be speaking in something close to complete sentences! *G*

Date: 2009-01-21 01:32 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] loveyouallwrong.livejournal.com
All day, any time someone mentioned him, I was literally making cartoon heart eyes.




♥_♥

Date: 2009-01-21 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giddygeek.livejournal.com
Me toooooo. It was just that kind of day! We'll repeat it in four years or so. *grins*

Date: 2009-01-21 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bethbethbeth.livejournal.com
Oh sure...I'd just barely stopped crying for the day, and your post just made me weep again. :)

Date: 2009-01-21 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giddygeek.livejournal.com
*hugs* It is just that kind of day, Beth! Happy tears FTW! :)

Date: 2009-01-21 07:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shihadchick.livejournal.com
♥!

This is one of my favourite posts from today - well said, indeed.
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