Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Taking A Deep Breath

OK, the Obamas just got back into their car after walking down the streets of DC for a few blocks. I have held my breath the entire time they were out. Thank heavens they got back in the car. I mean, I'm thrilled that he got out, but even more thrilled that he got back in.

That makes me think, really, about all the things that that family will be giving up in the next few years. There will be no playset on the White House lawn. There's no outdoor pool. I doubt they'll be going to Six Flags anytime soon. Biking through the streets of DC will probably be limited. The girls will not be taking their puppy for a walk around the block, or probably even be outside alone, ever. Wow.

I am so grateful to them. For their sacrifice, and for giving me the ability to feel proud of my leader again. I mean, I was a huge Clinton fan, but this... this is something entirely different. I have been ashamed to be American, to be honest, for the past several years, and in this one day, I feel redeemed, like there is a chance for us all to be a shining beacon again, and that I can be a part of that.

8 comments:

Devan said...

I was holding my breath too. Scary to think of how exposed he seemed.

Rebecca said...

It is scary. There's a whole lot of crazy people out there. I'm glad the day went off without any problems.

Kristi said...

I was nervous, too. So many things could happen. So many crazy people out there.

I think this is the first time that I feel truly inspired by our leaders. President Obama (I love how that sounds!) makes me want to go out and do whatever I have to to change the world. Don't get me started on our First Lady. I.LOVE. HER. She is so freaking fabulous!!

Hotch Potchery said...

This may be the first time EVER, I watched the entire inauguration, so proud of us, as a country, as the President said, choosing HOPE, not fear.

In my very unhappy state, I was VERY happy.

Swistle said...

I couldn't even watch them do it! I had to keep leaving the room, and then running back to make sure they were still okay!

clueless but hopeful mama said...

Amen, sister. Twas a beautiful, NERVOUS TUMMY, day.

Marie Green said...

WORD, Astarte. WORD.

I was so nervous too. Wow, what a live they will have. I'm fascinated by the whole family- probably because they are so close in age to my own family. (Well, not really, as my oldest are only 6, but close ENOUGH where I can relate to "parenting elementary aged children").

Fiona Picklebottom said...

My husband actually said, "Nobody shot at him." Which made me think that the whole country is kind of collectively holding its breath in the hopes that some nut-job doesn't try something.