The inauguration

I definitely wanted to watch the inauguration today – mostly the swearing-in and Obama’s speech.  Our IT department had set up the CNN feed on our in-house broadcast system, and one of the computer classrooms in the library was set up for it.  I had decided to stay in my office to watch it, though – but I got signed on too late, and the video wouldn’t come up.  So, I went downstairs to the classroom to watch.  As it turned out, I was glad I did.

A group of our students slowly filtered in – all ages and races – and mostly stood at the back of the room.  The ceremony was running a little late, and at 12:00 noon, CNN announced that Obama was officially the president, even though he hadn’t taken the oath yet.  The students cheered.  A few minutes later when he did take the oath, they cheered again.  They stayed and listened to his speech, and clapped at a couple of places during it, as well as at the end.

It was great to see and hear the students’ response.  Sometimes it can seem to us like it’s hard to get the students fired up about anything, especially the younger ones.  I hope this sticks – that this gives them a sense of involvement to the point that they care about politics and feel that they can make a difference, and keep voting!


3 responses to “The inauguration

  1. serendipity hopeful

    Students may not respond but i am sure they do ponder.

    Congratulations to President Obama and to all Americans.The peaceful and orderly transition of power is something you can rightly be proud of. Your ability to self-correct through the various stages of your nation’s history augur well for your future.

    As a foreigner who wants good things to happen in any and all parts of the world, I wish Americans will work more in harmony with their president. How successful Obama can be as American president will depend on how well his fellow-Americans can rein in their demands for their expectations to be satisfied.

    Keep the hopes alive

  2. serendipity hopeful


    Seeking your prayer for someone in real need of it.

  3. I will definitely pray for your daughter’s friend, and for the doctors who are trying to figure out what is wrong with her. How sad.

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