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"So Where Were you on Jan 20th Inauguration Day?" 


Date Range: 01/20/2009 To 01/20/2009   Comments: 8   Views: 25,976
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Dear Friends, Where are you right now? Where did you watch (or ignore) the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States? If you are working, are you able to view the progression? The first African American man to be President (and lest we forget, the USA almost had a running candidate that was a woman for president, or a woman VP!). A memorable day indeed.

I am on the East coast of the United States and the time is 1pm. At noon Barack Hussein Obama Jr was sworn in and gave the people of the country some words about sacrifice and privilge, and hope, and people in other countries that if they shall unclench their fists, we will extend our hand in friendship.

Powerful words. A light sense of humor when he stumbled on the words of the oath administered by Justice Stephens and waited for the cue (and they were actually said in a different order which was funny for those who care).

A light in the fog.

Barak is a leftie (left handed) like me. He's a product of a bi-racial couple, as is my wife, both of whom struggle with identity and placement.

It's a day for history, and one election that will be studied in text books for years to come.

So where were you today on this memorable day? I was sitting in a cafe with many others, laptop in front of me, TV blaring while everyone - white, hispanic, black, asian, all stared at the computer wondering what the next four years will bring for each of us. New jobs? Relief? Security? Pain? Sacrifice? What exactly?

Tell us, where were you at noon EST on January 20th, 2009 as we embark upon a different journey?

Added: Bush's legacy in 10 words as told by 10 columnists:
Thoughts on this?

By: Channel 4 News

Channel 4 News online asked 10 leading columnists to give their verdict on George W. Bush's presidency in 10 words. And find out how you can take part below.

Roger Cohen


"Misunderestimating a president's ability to harm his country is dangerous."

Roger Cohen writes for the International Herald Tribune & New York Times.

Ann Widdecombe


"Unfairly caricatured, he goes leaving America to smarm and spin."

Ann Widdecombe, MP writes for the Daily Express newspaper.

Tony Parsons


"No president in history ducked shoes as well as Bush."

Tony Parsons writes for the Daily Mirror newspaper.

Darcus Howe


"Guantanamo, Fallujah, Gaza, Enron, Rumsfield...a steep descent into barbarism."

Darcus Howe writes for The New Statesman.

Mary Schmich


"A weak leader with strong opinions led the country astray."

Mary Schmich writes for the Chicago Tribune.

Johann Hari


Collapsing economy, unravelling climate, one million dead Iraqis. Heckuvajob, Bushie.

Johan Hari writes for the Independent newspaper.

Jonathan Freedland


"A fraudulent war, shattered economy, and a shredded national reputation."

Jonathan Freedland writes for the Guardian newspaper.

Jane Moore


"A man who proves ANYONE can be President of America."

Jane Moore writes for The Sun newspaper.

Peter Riddell


"Bush squandered the global support for the US after 9/11."

Peter Riddell writes for The Times newspaper.

David Ignatius


"He never fit the role history assigned him."

David Ignatius writes for the Washington Post.

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Member Since
Aug 2007
Brian Childers said:
posted on Jan 20, 2009
At work

Watching the event strealing live online, trying to call my friend who's there and getting a "network busy" signal....

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Aug 2007
Susan Janneck said:
posted on Jan 20, 2009
I watched

I too am on the East coast. I work in a cancer center and a lot of us gathered around some of our patient's TV monitors in the treatment center and watched as Barack Obama took the oath of office. I thought his acceptance speech was one of the most moving I have ever heard by a new president, one that will want to make us all step up to the plate and right the things that have slowly been going wrong. I was so happy to see the waves of people out there who journeyed to Washington to take part in this historic day. We are good and caring people and will show the world once again what we are made of.

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Sep 2007
Kristina McIntosh said:
posted on Jan 20, 2009
I was at my desk

Grading papers, listening to the speech on the radio (yes, the radio, throwback to a quainter time) :)

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Aug 2007
Kristen Kuhns said:
posted on Jan 20, 2009
On the bike

At the gym, watching the tv above my head and riding the incumbent bike!

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Jan 2009
Jack Simonez said:
posted on Jan 20, 2009
At home

Took the day off to check it all out (actally was off work anyway HEHEHE) but in front of the TV.

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Aug 2007
Archibald Sharron said:
posted on Jan 20, 2009
At the center

With the other seniors watching this historic event. 

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Jan 2009
Dale Hannity said:
posted on Jan 22, 2009
I was in a restaurant

Having a cup of coffee with an old dear friend. We watched the tube and raised our glasses to a better tomorrow for our grandchildren. 

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Aug 2008
Adara Bernstein said:
posted on Jan 25, 2009

I was at work, but took some time to watch the CNN coverage of the Inauguration online. They were doing a good job with lots of close-ups. Was looking at the crowd a lot too - how many of them braved the cold weather to stand out there for hours waiting to see an hour of history being made!