Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

I have tried to stay very unpolitical in my blog for many reasons:
1.) I have lived and worked in politics since I was 18
2.) My blog was a place to be silly, record my life and not to work
3.) I usually blog to avoid KW's constant barrage of political commentary from FoxNews, CNN, and MSNBC--this helps to keep me from screaming at the TV (which KW finds less sexy than I would like to come off before we go to bed).
4.) Politics, by nature, is divisive...and I don't like to piss people off.

However, I am breaking my political silence on the blog today because today is an important day.

I was not happy about the election outcome but today is not a day of being divisive or being mean. Because it IS a momentous day to finally break the biggest racial barrier of our country. However, I do not think there are a lot of posts/ers out there saying what I feel because it is unpopular and uncool. Well, I have never been either of those things so why start now...

When K-dubs asked me what I felt about the inauguration, I said, "sad for President Bush." He found that weird, but for someone who worked hard for 2 elections for President Bush and worked in the White House as an intern (no Lewinsky jokes, please) I am sad that things did not work out better for him. I do not enjoy the "don't let the door hit your butt on the way out" jokes. I do not enjoy the snide and derision. That is why I don't give it back.

I am not an Obama mama. I did not change for Hope. But I do not wish ill will to Obama or his supporters. I am glad that we have successfully seen our nations 44th peaceful transfer of power (which does not happen easily around the world). And I pray for the safety of the people out today (my agoraphobic nature screams in pain at the sight of all those people).

I do hope that every one's hope is worth the hype. I hope that our nation continues to grow and prosper. But I am keeping my policy hat on and waiting to see what comes because that is what counts now: what he will do with the presidency now that he has it.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled silliness.


GranolaGirl said...

I felt the same way looking at him today on television... He looked so sad. People have been so MEAN to our former president, and no one deserves that.

I bet he will sigh a huge sigh of relief when's he home on the ranch in TX with just his family.

As Elijah sad beside me watching Yo Yo play his cello, I told him "we're getting a new president!". He replied "but I want the old one!" as only a 3-year-old can.

Curtis said...

Good post, AE. I may link to it from my blog if the little one allows me to blog tonight. Well said, I feel the same way.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with you. I think I may be the only one in my town who does!

A2 Michigan

Krystyn said...

Here's my attitude, which seems similar to yours.

I was not a supporter, but as a nation, we've elected him, and I must stand behind behind my president elect (whether or not I voted for him).

Charity said...

I could NOT agree more!

Found you from McMommy Chronicles. Great post!

Now we just have to wait and see.

On the topic of Pres. Bush, I am a huge presidential history buff and find it amazing how differently history often remembers these men as opposed to how their were viewed while in office. He is a very moral descent man who has done what he felt was best and is very humble and down to earth. I admire him in many ways. The fact that he doesn't feel compelled to come out and defend himself and his decisions speaks volumes about the confidence and clean conscience of the man :)

Kim H. said...

I totally typed a comment and lost it - so forgive me if you get this twice.

I also agree with you completely - I felt sad for President Bush as well. I was forced to watch the ceremony today - it wasn't a choice at my office apparently. But the worst part was the disrespect that was shown for the wonderful man leaving office.

I am also saddened by the emphasis being placed on the race of our president, yes - this is the first time that we've elected an African American - BUT anytime we have an election it is a historic moment. We've only had 44 presidents afterall. :-)

Buffalo Betty said...

A woman beside me flew in from Nigeria just to witness this Inauguration. The goodwill extended throughout the District both by residents and visitors is a welcome addition I hope sticks around long after the hulabaloo dies down!

Erin said...

Amen, Amen, Amen. Way to go, southern girl!

Liz said...

:::bravo::: Well said! I completely agree!

The Microblogologist said...

That is a very nice way of saying how I feel about this whole thing. I hope he does not mess up as bad as I am afraid he will. Given my home state's current political cesspool status and his abysmal voting record it is hard for me to be optimistic about him but he is my president and I also do not wish him ill. I am so disgusted with how people are about President Bush, it is amazing how forgiving they were of Pres. Clinton who in my opinion was significantly worse. We shall see.

The Mrs. said...

I'm not going to lie, I cried when I heard on the radio in the car that Pres. Bush was in HMX1 headed to Andrews Air Force Base to head back to Texas. Its sad that the nation can't appreciate his service to us all and his work to spread peace to others. I can only hope that the new pres will keep my husband as safe.

Robynn's Ravings said...

Thanks for a straight up opinion. It seems if you aren't falling over yourself about O'Bama you have to limit the First Amendment in your life.

If you'd like a lighter look at life, drop by and read about False Teeth and Pastors today on my site. Maybe it'll give you a chuckle. :)

Susan said...

Great post!!! :)