Favorite part of the speech

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 08:07 PM

Now safely inside and thawed (minus about seven layers of clothing) I’ve been listening to NPR, where the consensus seems to be that the speech was dark. But I found it strangely hopeful. After all, the revolutionary warriors made it through the icy waters, the soldiers whispering from Arlington are calling a nation to serve “something larger than themselves.” I find these encouraging words for dark times. But on the metro line waiting to leave the Capitol area, the emotional highlight of the day seems to have been the words “so help me God.” As one eight-year-old told me, on her way to the parade, “I liked it when he read the Bible.”

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cynthia s

I am a high school teacher and our regular first period this morning was replaced by students, teachers, staff and administrators watching the inauguration of Barack Obama where ever we could: the library, the cafeteria, the auditorium. As we arrived in the library, one of my students,"D", a boy who seems to have his iPod cords permanently embedded in his ear canals, slouched in a cubby. I tried to coax him into joining his peers, but he was happy to hide out and fiddle with his music. Fine, I thought, his loss. Half way through Obama's speech, I glanced over at "D"--the iPod had disappeared, he was leaning toward the screen and his full attention was on the new president. I smiled.

Jan. 20 2009 09:37 PM

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