OK, I know you're all probably getting sick of my obsessing over the inauguration, but indulge me for one more post. I'll get back to being my usual jaded wonky self soon enough, I promise.
I loved these pictures of Obama's first day on the job. It still hardly seems real that he's actually the president. So it's amazing to see him in the Oval Office, getting down to business.
At work, everyone was trading their inauguration stories. It sounded like the people who just wandered down to the Mall and found spots near the Washington Monument generally had a better experience than many of the people who had tickets, who spent a lot of time on lines to get through security (and some of whom didn't make it in at all).
I really enjoyed reading about the experiences of these kids from Chicago who were selected for a trip to DC at Share My Inauguration.* They clearly appreciated the historic moment, but also had a definite kids' perspective on the whole experience.
As I said yesterday, I had a better time at the inauguration for not being responsible for keeping D safe and happy. I think he probably showed good judgment in turning down my invitation to come with me. But I'm also a little sad that I don't think he appreciates quite how momentous a day it was. He's learned about segregation and Martin Luther King, Jr. in school, but it's a pretty abstract concept to him. And there's something lovely about that innocence too. But I wonder if 8 years from now, he's going to be pissed that I didn't schlepp him down to the Mall so he could claim bragging rights.
One of the things that was interesting about the inauguration is that everyone there was consciously aware that it was a Historical Moment. I wonder if the people who attended the March on Washington knew right away that it would be Important. I'm pretty sure that most of the people who attended Woodstock (the other comparison I heard a lot) didn't know that it was an Event until after the fact.
* Full disclosure: I was asked to plug this site as part of MomCentral blog tour, but I'm happy to do so. They seem to be great kids, and I'm glad that they got the opportunity to be here.