Inauguration Day

Here are my plans for the day: sit in front of the television.

I had plans, for about five seconds, of making my way down to D.C. to watch history in action. After all, it’s not like I’d have to take time off from work.

Then I laughed myself silly. I hate crowds, and the thought of freezing my butt off just to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama on a Jumbotron just sounds like an uncomfortable and expensive headache. I know a few people who are down there — some covering the event, some escorting high school classes — but I think the couch will suit me just fine.

I debated keeping my son out of school today to watch history live, but I’m hoping they do something to mark the occasion at the middle school (although he’s going to be eating lunch at 10:30, something which still boggles the mind). In any case, it’s set on the DVR, so we can watch it all over again once the kids get home.

What are your plans for the day?


27 thoughts on “Inauguration Day

  1. I’m going to watch the ENTIRE thing on Fox News (with a big ole smile on my face!). If things start to drag though…I may parlay it into a drinking game with my kids.

  2. Watching the inauguration from the comfort of your couch sounds like a great idea. I’ll be over at 10:45…I’ll bring the chips and soda.

  3. Finally, the end of an error and a new beginning. I’m so excited! I’m watching the festivities on CNN High Def. (Fox News is showing Matlock reruns all day.)

  4. It’s the first time I can remember that I’ve actually been able to just sit and watch, without taking notes, without interviewing people afterwards, without writing or editing. I think I watched Clinton at a school the first time and a bar the second, or maybe it’s the other way around. Bush was in the newsroom.

    I have to admit, I do enjoy watching politicians and wives walking in and ticking off “Met him, interviewed him, interviewed her, God he was a dope, met him…”

  5. Let me guess…the one who you said ‘God he was a dope’. Is it the same one who was walking OUT of the White House today?

  6. I’m not sure if Dubya was the Bush son I met while I was covering the 1988 presidential race in college, so no, that wouldn’t be him.

    You may not have read my Dan Quayle story:

    I’ve met Clinton (very charismatic), seen Hillary in a crowd, met Gore, interviewed Tipper, met Biden, Bush Sr. spoke at my college graduation, met Carter… and, of course, I spotted Kerry and Kennedy and who hasn’t met them?

  7. Can’t consider yourself a true MA resident unless you’ve shaken the hand of Kerry and Kennedy.

    I think former Grafton resident Jeff Barnard put it best today on…

    “I see this as a change, but not as a change from white to black, or from Republican to Democrat. Now my hopes reside in this new generation of leaders from which Barack Obama has risen.

    Yes, I want change. I want a change from corruption to honesty, from thievery to integrity, from blind ideology to sanity.

    Everything I’ve read about what is to happen today seems focused on the color of Barack Obama’s skin. I’m still waiting to find out what the color of his soul is. And yes, …I do have hope.”

  8. Love Michelle’s outfit – only a strong woman can pull off chartreuse from head to toe..and who is getting CNN in HD in Grafton? Why don’t I get that? I DVR’d it for my 4 year old who can’t wait to watch it.

  9. I read that she has vocal issues when it’s cold, to the extent that she turns off air conditioning in a venue because it affects her throat.

    That hat was amazing, though. On anyone else, it would have looked silly. On Aretha, she was daring you to mock her fierce bow.

  10. A bit too much fanfare for me.
    I will say though, What the heck is Mrs. Biden wearing? A skirt above the knee? big black boots and a short red jacket? ICK

    Hasn’t she ever watched “What not to wear”?

    BTW, why is there no comment from our press re: the cost of this event? Latest estimates are close to $200 million. I guess that’s a rhetorical question, because the press won’t ever bring it up like they did with the last administration.

  11. Define “press.”

    No, really. I’ve always wanted to know.

    Are we talking newspapers? Magazines? Television? Radio? Internet? Are we talking working reporters? Editorials? Op-ed columnists? Comedy Central?

    And where have you been where it’s not been reported and yet you have a figure?

  12. Yikes, have i hit a nerve?
    I guess I should have been more specific.

    Press, I mean, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, Boston Globe, NY Times. I don’t really read magazines.

    I heard the figure on that evil right-wing talk radio.

  13. Mo3, just so I get your point correct, “there (is)no comment from our press re: the cost of this event?” except for when you heard it on “that evil right-wing talk radio.” (I assume you are referring to gods’ gift to humans’ NPR).

  14. I’m assuming you mean editorial comment? Because I have read about inaugural costs in actual reporting.

    And I spent most of my adult life being told “your paper doesn’t care about…” or “you always…” and have been rather puzzled. The paper doesn’t care about anything. It’s a paper. There’s an editorial board that’s paid to express opinions, but they don’t influence actual coverage.

    My favorite example: when I went from covering Marlborough from the daily Enterprise-Sun to the daily Middlesex News, I was told my coverage had “changed” and I was now “anti-Marlborough.” I was still reporting the exact same kinds of stories. The only change for me was the font and paycheck.

  15. In my opinion, the Globe is slanted to the left. There is never a doubt as to whom they will endorse. Bad press re: Republicans get “above the fold” coverage. Somehow bad press re: Dems, the font gets much smaller… it finds its way to the back of the paper…

    BTW, I don’t listen to NPR. Our tax dollars hard at work….NOT….

  16. Hmmm… Mom of 3 and Sarah’s Mom, maybe the two of you should get together for a spot of tea?

    Seems like you have a lot in common.

  17. Hmmmm.

    Seems to me that those of us on the “right” side of the aisle can extend a genuine invitation … only time will tell if those on the “left” side of the aisle can do the same…

  18. Well, the invite was sincere.

    I hold no animosity in my heart for folks with different view points.
    Sometimes curiousity, but not animosity!

  19. I know it was – that is what was so special about it – and I would gladly have tea with you – 🙂

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