On This Day

20 01 2009

we gather to proclaim hope over fear. . .

The time has come to choose our better history. . .
ALL are free to pursue their full measure of happiness!

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20 01 2009
Nance Confer

We fly the American flag in front of our house. Through every administration. Maybe it is especially necessary during some. . .

But I was particularly happy today that I needed a new one and “had” to go get one and put it up just as our new President was taking the oath.

I don’t care how windy it gets here today. That flag is staying up. 🙂

Nance

P.S. Why did Roberts screw up the oath?

20 01 2009
JJ

Wasn’t that a shame, for all of history now to be garbled on the record? Oh well.

I knew he was leaving out “faithfully” just as he skipped it, and saw Obama know it too — you KNOW he had the oath of office memorized in perfect form! — but then (in a metaphor for his amiable way of leading) try to repeat it accurately “wrong” anyway because Roberts was officiating and that the proper thing to do. And then you could hear belatedly, when Roberts realized it and messed up a second time by interrupting Obama’s smooth cover, trying to correct it. (And then didn’t he just leave out a bunch?)

Reminded me of Princess Di messing up Prince Charles’ middle names at their wedding, except this was the official’s fault, not the respondent’s nerves.

Did you see him smile though, at the little couplets at the end of Lowery’s benediction? Mellow-yellow and red getting ahead . . .that was a nice moment.

20 01 2009
Nance Confer

That was lovely. And the poem read earlier? What was that? I was busy at the flag pole 🙂 and missed the intro but it was beautiful in a very real way.

And Aretha! Stunning in her church hat! 🙂

Nance

21 01 2009
25 01 2009
writestuff444

So JJ, the critics who found the speech uninspiring…with no lasting words for history to remember it..I say, the ones you posted above seem pretty decent..but what others stood out for you as powerful metaphor, or poetry?

25 01 2009
JJ

Let’s see Betty — well, I thought his race speech last March was more soaring by far. This wasn’t full of poetry, more like a sobering explanation of what ails us and how it will be treated.

Or maybe I just remember it that way today, because the kids and I just came from a Sunday matinee of Frost/Nixon. James Reston as a young man is oh-so-radical and angry and although I’m not as much angry as just annoyed at the enormity of the stupidity of it all, I couldn’t get Bush out of my mind, of course — we’re at a similar sober moment with an awful lot of cleaning up to do. Andwe may not know right now, all that we’ll eventually learn about it. And there’s a whole VietNam section reminiscent of Iraq WMD, about misapprehending (or outright lying) to justify invading Cambodia (Frost referred to it as a Bamboo Pentagon that was never found.)

So now I can’t get the movie out of my mind, and FAVD and I are poking around our library looking for the 1,000-page blue-covered hardback Nixon memoir that I’m pretty sure I still have (she is amazed it exists at all — unlike the WMD and the Bamboo Pentagon, apparently — and that her mother as a college student would’ve read the damn thing, just trying to understand. Today it’s so clear!)

I should’ve written more about the language President Obama used while it was fresh in my ear, and before I got all that misspent youth overlaid on top of it . . .(is that redundant, to say “overlaid on top of it? Not very poetic anyway!)

25 01 2009
writestuff444

Well, we knew in the 70’s that Nixon was not to be trusted, but I never associate him in the same light at Bush…because he was so smart! I think too smart for his own good as our grannies use to say. I haven’t seen the movie yet, no time right now for movie going, but it’s on my list. 🙂

25 01 2009
JJ

This film plays Nixon as if maybe he was on the Asperger’s spectrum, hmmm —

26 01 2009
writestuff444

yeah..that fits in my memory of him..never thought of it that way..I would have thought more along the lines of narcissism to the extreme! but yet, they say he was a very loving husband and father,,which makes me doubt that he was a true narcissist..

26 01 2009
NanceConfer

I recently heard a comment about Bush that was along those same lines, Betty. The report was about how few pardons Bush had issued and the comment was that people close to Bush see that he is extremely generous and loving toward his family and immediate inner circle. But his “compassion” does not extend beyond that small group of people.

Nance

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