Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Is It Real?

Do we really have a new president? I'm still pinching myself. I have a lot to say and not much time to say it in. I'm very busy for the next several days, with blogging consisting of mostly pre-done photo posts on the Pagan's Eye.

I feel pride and even a touch of patriotism - not the rah rah my country right or wrong type, because I'll never be that style of patriot. But I feel proud to be an American. Being the child of immigrants, the Obama story touches me deeply.

I liked what he said about unclenched fists. I hope our own American fist will begin to open into a hand that can be identified by the world as one that seeks to help.

17 comments:

  1. i loved that line too. it was just wonderful.

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  2. Everything he said was wonderful.

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  3. much of what he was saying to the world applied right here at home to left and right. the speech included everyone and everything and why folks are calling it not one of his better- beyond me. it wasn't soaring rhetoric but that isn't what we need- we need a call to action and reassurance and that's what we got :)

    and, yes, virginia, there is a santa claus- i mean new president :)

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  4. what betmo said - word for word ;)

    what a day it was!

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  5. Add me to the list, I feel exactly the same way! It was an incredible day and one I'm so glad that I lived long enough to enjoy!

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  6. Well put, about America unclenching our fist... I think that line in Obama's speech is the one that will be remembered and quoted the longest.

    I wonder who wrote the speech.

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  7. He writes his own, and wrote that one; been working on it off and on for a week, I heard.

    Imagine Dubbya writing his own speachifyin'!

    Seriously though, the message was just right: celebrate today, 'cause starting tomorrow, we have a butt-load of work to do.

    All of us!

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  8. Grrrr! I'm sooo jealous! I need someone to put it on a CD and mail it to me. The speech, that is. We had to let go of DirectTV and we get NO broadcast reception out here. Everytime I try to load it from YouTube it stalls out.
    Maybe I can find a transcript. It won't be the same, though.
    But yes, PS, I know what you mean about feeling a peculiar sort of patriotism.

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  9. Despite the fact that a couple of things in the speech made me feel a bit uneasy (the defeating our enemies stuff, for example) there is definitely an incredible feeling of hope that things will be different, the nightmare is over. You can feel it everywhere you go. It won't last forever, but it's unlike anything I've experienced before. And as I recall, when Bush took office, it was all about him. "I won! I'm preznit! Yeehaw!" It's so refreshing to have someone in the White House that acts as if it's not all about him, carries himself with dignity and is intelligent.

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  10. Thorne: sorry you missed it. I almost did because our podunk little country school has no TV reception. Imagine that. But a few of us got to go to a staff member's house during lunch and I got see Aretha (with that freaky-cool hat) and unfortunately Rick Warren, whose speech was unmemorable and the swearing in.

    Ed: I felt a little uneasy with that defeat the enemies stuff, too. Sounded too hawkish and Bush-like. But I guess because he's young and new, he feels he has to act tough??

    I won't always agree with everything he does or how he does it but I won't feel the level of animosity I had toward Bush and everything he stood for. We have a president we can at least respect, even if we disagree. I hope that's the case, anyway.

    And sorry for saying so, but I think Michelle Obama is a gem and those little girls are so adorable. They just all around bring new energy to this job.

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  11. The eyes of the world are on this eye and I beleiev he can deliever. It must have been a good day to be an American.

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  12. Desert Diva: It's a great feeling; like we're starting over.

    Babooshka: it really was a great day for us!

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  13. Congratulations with the new president. We here in the Netherlands are delighted and glad the Bush administration is over and done with.

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  14. it's like America is going to be America again....

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  15. I've been saying/writing "Our President" (not to mention "President Obama") anywhere and everywhere the past few days.

    In my (as of last Sunday: what a birthday gift!) 47 years of life, born and raised an American citizen, I've NEVER had that "Our President" feeling before. Never. God, it feels goooooood! :-D

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  16. JCF: I hear you! I'm only two years ahead of you and I feel the same way. Only I was naturalized American in 1973.

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