Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Time in the Sun


Happy Obama Day everyone!
Today, Obama is the name on the tip of everyone's tongue. Everyone is talking about him.
Here on the West Coast we watched the ceremony in the morning around 9 AM. Since most of us were at work, most workplaces arranged for televisions to be tuned into the inaugural ceremonies. On my floor, around 15 people gathered to watch. Some even clapped after he was sworn in. Most of us dispersed after he gave his speech.

I thought his speech was really long, but I still listened raptly to what he had to say. My favorite part was the excerpt below in which he indirectly addressed the issue of torture:

"As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and we are ready to lead once more."

In addition to the gravity of the moment, all eyes were of course glued on Michelle's wardrobe. What would she wear to the inauguration and then the 10 inaugural balls in the evening? During the swearing-in ceremony she wore gloves from J. Crew and the kids were dressed in Crewcuts. I'm sure J. Crew is just loving the attention. For the inaugural ball she wore a gown by a 26-year old Chinese guy. Wow, he has just become an overnight sensation as well, joining the Cuban American designer of her yellow outfit this morning.

Well, I hope they enjoy the honeymoon and parties while they last because tomorrow there will hard work awaiting him.

*POTUS = President of the United States

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