How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of goodwill.--Einstein
Great pix! What a day! It has been such a long time coming...I'll be going to sleep happy tonight.
All the blood, sweat, and tears our ancestors went through for us to see this moment...it's beautiful to behold.
It all gives me chills.I am working on a blog post about this, but here's the thing: my ancestors owned slaves. I have lots of documents from the public records here about that, my people buying and selling other people.I didn't vote for Obama to atone for my white guilt. I swear I didn't. I want him to be president. I really like and admire the guy tremendously. I'm inspired by him.BUT, having said that, I get chills when I think about this finally happening. It is historic. It's been so long coming. It's been so long that MY people have been on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of justice and humanity. It's not about atoning for past sins (and just his presidency won't change the racism problems we have), but it's about just finally getting on the right side of things, you know???I can not know what it's like for African-Americans to live to see this day. I just know that it makes this southern white girl and descendant of slave holders very teary eyed. So long coming...Speaking of ancestry...It really disturbs me that Obama's mother isn't alive (and father too).It upsets me when ANY presidential nominee's parents aren't around to see it (Kerry's mom died of cancer the year before he ran). I sit there and watch the convention and think, "Aw, but his mamma should be there...."Well, there is Obama's grandmother.Hey, guess what? My husband, kidlet, and I found a cheap hotel we could afford in the D.C. area (by Andrews Air Force base, actually) during inauguration. We're going to see it, baby!And, as I said in a previous post, I just got roped into volunteering for Mary frickin' Landrieu, so I expect some inaugural tickets from her at least.
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