Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Of Raspberries, Batman and Presidents

It should be Inauguration Day every day of the year! My children, minus oldest daughter who is away to school, are still deep in dreamland. When they awake, this country will be under the direction of a new commander-in-chief.

I have enjoyed the silence in my home as I watch the events of the day unfolding on NBC. I always tune to NBC. I love the familiarity of the voice of Tom Brokaw. And I know if the children were awake, we would not be tuned to NBC, but Noggin or Disney would be rocking our day.

I am watching Dan Quayle, Walter Mondale, Al Gore. A little former VP parade. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, George and Barbara Bush, and Bill and Hillary Clinton make their entrance as middle daughter parades her tired self downstairs to join me on the couch.

The husband and I were in Washington, DC in June of last year and it has provided me with a reference for this day. I am amazed to see the sea of people on the mall. Almost 2 miles of people. How cool to be there this day.

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but he has my full support as President of this country. And change is good. I appreciate the service of George Bush. He is a good man. He was faced with difficult challenges. And he made tough decisions. And his popularity has suffered. But he led our country and I respect him. As I will Obama. This truly is a historic moment in our history. How far we have come. What a wonderful country we live in!

As President Obama was concluding his speech little son made his entrance- complete with a little black mask on his face. And it is good to know that whether we have a Bush president or Obama president, little son is still free to be Batman whenever he desires. I believe that is covered in the Constitution's Bill of Rights under the 35th amendment which states

"Citizens of this country shall be free to be whichever superhero they so choose and may change their superhero status at any moment, even if it be 400 times a day so long as there is a cape or mask to support said hero."
I think middle daughter summed it up best when she uttered to me, just before then President- elect Barack Obama stepped onto the steps of the Capitol to be introduced, "Mom, I wonder what raspberries feel like." Exactly.

And then there was flag-waving and cheering and whistling and applause that could be felt rippling across the country. And we have a new leader. May God bless him and God Bless the United States of America!

Where do you think I could get a hat like Aretha's?


Anonymous said...

I loved Aretha's hat. I have to say that I like her usually but was a little wierded out today by her rendition. But, I suppose it's a matter of taste. But, again, I loved the hat.

You're right too......God Bless America.

Heather (wife to Dave, mom to Jenna) said...

I am often entertained by your postings- yet have never commented.

I love this post! Just because we didn't vote for him, doesn't mean he doesn't deserve our respect. I also love our country. I love the fact that most days we get to watch Noggin and Disney (or in my case PBS or DVRed episodes of Backyardigans) and that is great. We are lucky to be moms raising children in a nation where we get to choose what we want to do and be! Thanks for saying it so nicely versus all those negative postings out there. We need to stand up for what we believe in, but we also need to be respectful of such an incredible moment in history.

wonder woman said...

I echo your thoughts exactly.

Meg said...


Except for the hat. I want one like Bush Sr. Can we say Sexy? lol

And I agree with Kate, Aretha was not my cup of tea today.

Happy Tuesday!

Randibee said...

Ditto...I could not have said it better.

How did I miss the hat?

Randibee said...

Oh yeah--I was struggling with the screaming 2 yr old and crying 4 month old and sick 6 yr old, and therefore missed some of history being made--however, that is okay, since I make history everyday in my own little home...