Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Not Yet

Well, there are still American troops in Iraq; the economy remains in a tailspin; nobody has yet invented cheap non-polluting fuel sources; and I could still stand to lose a few pounds around my midriff.

Come on, Obama-dude, get with it!

Nevertheless, in spite of the dilatory nature of the much-needed changes that have yet to arrive on the shores of our fair country, I—along with countless other human beings whose sociological Venn diagrams overlap with my own—remain beside myself with glee after yesterday’s long-awaited inauguration of the 44th President of the You Ess Of A.

I was on the bus to school during some of Obama’s speech so I listened to it on radio, which was heartwarming in a kind of old-fashioned way although it caused me to miss the sensation that was Aretha’s hat, although I’ve seen lots of pictures since and not a one of them has disappointed.

At Cascadia, there were TVs showing the event everywhere, so I got to catch the last few minutes of Obama’s address which really served to remind me what a relief it’s going to be for at least the next four years to have a Commander-in-Chief who not only knows how to turn a thoughtful phrase and who actually seems to understand the words coming out of his mouth, but who is also fairly easy on the eyes.

The other thing that was sort of striking in a 21st century way, was how many of my colleagues in their offices had their computers tuned to a live feed from our nation’s capitol, something I’m sure wasn’t even technologically feasible a mere four years ago—not that many of them would have been watching even if it were.

It will be interesting to see what sort of changes transpire in the next four years, technological and otherwise, in whatever form we witness the next inauguration, though, it’ll be hard to be a more welcome sight than this one.


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