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January 20, 2009

January 20th, 2009

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It was so exciting to see everyone at work crammed into the conference room watching the TV, watching the new President of the United States be sworn in, listening so intently to his inaugural speech.

And it was crazy and exhilarating to see people lining the streets and pouring into Washington D.C., hundreds of thousands of people really excited to be an American, I have never in my entire life watched that many people come together and shout out the President's name, over and over again like a mantra. I was astonished, really, because I can't even remember watching an inauguration before this one (except on TV later that night, as part of the news.) But this one I started watching as soon as I got up, I drove into work so I didn't miss a minute listening to it on the radio, and later we all watched it together at work and cheered.

Even if you didn't like the guy and didn't vote for him, I'd imagine you have to be amazed and surprised at how he's bringing people together to feel good about our country, even on a cold January day (well, cold in Washington D.C. I live in Los Angeles where summer started two weeks ago and people are wearing flip-flops and tank tops.)

Later, Corey and I met in the breakroom upstairs to eat our lunches and when were done, we got in the elevator to go back downstairs. The little TV screen in the elevator showed the new President and the new First Lady getting out of a limo for the traditional Presidential parade. So we rode the elevator down to the lobby and back -- three times -- so we could watch it on the TV. I can't imagine doing that for anyone else!

What an exciting day. So full of hope!

Posted by laurie at January 20, 2009 1:39 PM