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?