Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration 2009

I'd like to thank former President George W. Bush for keeping our country safe after 9/11, and I look forward to the next four years with President Barack Obama. :) I missed the acceptance part and just caught the tail-end of the inauguration on talk radio during lunch today. I was rather impressed by Elizabeth Alexander's poem that she recited at the event, and I just had to google it tonight.

‘Praise Song for the Day’ - The 2009 Presidential Inauguration Poem

Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each others’ eyes or not, about to speak or speaking. All about us is noise. All about us is noise and bramble, thorn and din, each one of our ancestors on our tongues. Someone is stitching up a hem, darning a hole in a uniform, patching a tire, repairing the things in need of repair.
Someone is trying to make music somewhere with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice.
A woman and her son wait for the bus.
A farmer consider the changing sky; A teacher says, “Take out your pencils. Begin.”
We encounter each other in words, Words spiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed; Words to consider, reconsider.
We cross dirt roads and highways that mark the will of someone and then others who said, “I need to see what’s on the other side; I know there’s something better down the road.”
We need to find a place where we are safe; We walk into that which we cannot yet see.
Say it plain, that many have died for this day. Sing the names of the dead who brought us here, who laid the train tracks, raised the bridges, picked the cotton and the lettuce, built brick by brick the glittering edifices they would then keep clean and work inside of.
Praise song for struggle; praise song for the day. Praise song for every hand-lettered sign; The figuring it out at kitchen tables.
Some live by “Love thy neighbor as thy self.”
Others by first do no harm, or take no more than you need.
What if the mightiest word is love, love beyond marital, filial, national. Love that casts a widening pool of light. Love with no need to preempt grievance.
In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air, anything can be made, any sentence begun.
On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp — praise song for walking forward in that light.

© Elizabeth Alexander (source)

Another thing that I adored is Michelle Obama's white dress by Jason Wu. I simply love it, and if I were to have another wedding, I want my dress to look like that :)

Picture by Rick Wilking / Reuters


Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography said...

I missed pretty much all of it because I was so busy at work yesterday. : ( But Michelle definitely looked stunning!

Erica Larson said...

I loved the poem & dress too! It is allways so cool to watch Inauguration day. No matter what side of the fence your on, it makes you proud to be an American!

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