“Wake up! America’s about to inaugurate its first African American president!” John bellowed this morning as I slowly slipped out from between the sheets and took my place on the couch. I don’t have the most exciting “where were you?” story as I’m sitting, wrapped in fleece blankets from Iowa, with my MacBook on my lap, writing blog posts and checking RSS feeds. As such, I’ll ask you…
I’ll be updating this post throughout the morning with photos and comments.
Update: The CBC is confirming that a visit to Canada it at the top of Obama’s agenda, “U.S. president-elect Barack Obama plans to travel to Canada for his first international trip after he takes office, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Saturday. “We have been in close contact with president-elect Obama’s transition team. We can confirm that the president-elect has accepted the prime minister’s invitation to visit Canada soon after he is inaugurated,” a statement released by Stephen Harper’s office said.”
Update: Aretha Franklin just sang, followed by the swearing in of Joe Biden as Vice President. Now we have another musical performance, arranged by John Williams.
Update: “That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.” [Text as prepared for delivery]
“Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.” [Text as prepared for delivery]
“America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.”
Photos captured from the CBC’s coverage, January 20, 2009