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I planned to work today, but I couldn’t tear myself away from the TV (from which John made this pic). From the celebratory inaugural concert Sunday, to the rare North Carolina snowstorm outside our windows, to Aretha’s singing of America the Beautiful, to the quiet, moving transition of power, to Obama’s inspirational speech and–most emotional for me–to the joyful, tearful faces of the people on the mall, it has been a day to savor. I can always work tomorrow, but the events of today could not be missed.    

8 Comments

  1. Margo on January 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Omigosh Diane, is this a remarkable picture or what? You have keenly expressed what I couldn’t put into words…this is definitely a day to savor and will be etched in my mind forever. I am so proud of this day. I was fortunate to be able to watch the TV this morning and the entire swearing in. I will be glued to CNN the rest of the day and evening as Gary and I watch everything unfold. So many people joining together…I’m absolutely in awe.

  2. ronnie on January 20, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    In this case a picture is worth a thousand words.
    I had an out patient surgical procedure this morning and was so happy to spend the day in bed watching the festivities. I am feeling very positive and hopeful of the future.

  3. Margo on January 21, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Diane, how did John capture this picture?…it’s outstanding! Ronnie’s right, this pic IS worth a 1000 words.
    I had very little sleep last nite since Gary and I stayed up watching TV constantly. I can’t ever remember so many people being brought together by 1 man since I was a little girl. The spirit of our country is shining today with light and hope…

  4. Diane Chamberlain on January 21, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Ronnie, I hope you’re recovering well. You sound in good spirits.
    Margo, John snapped constantly during the inauguration ceremonies. Where I take one photo and hope for the best, he takes a thousand. That’s why he’s the pro and I’m not!
    I know many of you, my readers, were not Obama supporters, but I’m sure we all share the same hope that, with our help, our new president can get the US back on track.

  5. Margo on January 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Ronnie, take care and hope all is well.

  6. Ann on January 22, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Diane, that is a magnificent picture! I stayed glued to the television all day and into the night. The fact that there were so MANY people at the inauguration and no protests and no arrests is amazing. I think that proves that “Yes, WE Can”.

  7. Margo on January 22, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Perfectly said Ann…’Yes We Can’ and Yes We Will!

  8. brenda on January 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    My students went to D.C. It was cold and lots of walking. They did not know what to expect. They were so disappointed that even those who had tickets could not see HIM…I had warned that this might happen. They still HEARD it and were excited about that!!!! One of the exchange students from Germany could not believe what D.C. looked like-and so many people…she was thrilled. She happened to be one of the people taken in an ambulance-but she is okay now.

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