But the other half of me is quite glad and satisfied that I was able to view the celebrations from the comfort of my own home, on television, with all the camera angles and close-ups. I loved that all 5 of us, my parents, my brother and sister and I, were able to sit together near the T.V., happy, warm and plenty proud. I find that much preferable to being jostled in that kind of crowd, tired and hungry, but feverishly hopeful that I'll spot Obama with my own eyes so I can tell my grandchildren in the future.
A few comments on the Inauguration events:
1 ~ I could hardly believe that Former V.P. Dick Cheney was in a wheel-chair. I hadn't heard about his fall or back problems or whatever he has, but I was really surprised. I was laughing inwardly when I first saw him leaving the White House with Joe Biden. I mean, you've gotta admit, it's pretty pitiful that this guy, who used to have the second most important job in America for 8 years, managed to end it all in a wheel-chair. That's the final image he's sending everyone. A little embarrasing, I would think. I don't want to sound mean or anything, but I personally think he deserved it.
2 ~ I really liked Air and Simple Gifts, the composition that John Williams wrote special for the inauguration. It was just so beautiful, I can barely think of words to describe that kind of music. I want to hear it again sometime soon. It was cool that the famous musicians Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma actually participated in playing it, on violin and cello, respectively. I don't know their works a lot, but I know their names, and they did really good. That very last cello note by Yo-Yo Ma? Wow.
3 ~ Barack's speech after he was sworn in was amazing. This guy has a gift for delivering profound speeches. I can picture him doing a great job as my president. He will get the job done and make change happen everywhere, because everyone wants to help him, and why wouldn't they? He makes me want to be a better person, and help this country. Though I didn't decipher any "Ask not what your country can do for you" moment in his speech, I still loved it, and I have a feeling that it's going to be just as, if not more, historic.
Okay, that's the second complete post I've written on a library computer. But you know what? I don't really mind in this case. The main reason is that I've still got 20 minutes on my session to go, so I'm not exactly rushed, unlike the last time.
On another note: Guess what, J.? I got the book If You Want to Write. If this book is as helpful as you say it is, then I bet it'll be super useful for me before I start my writing day tomorrow. Besides that, I want to say something that I'm not proud of repeating to you (I know you probably have a lot on your mind right now without me bugging you all the time), but...
Wehn aer uoy giong ot sned em yuor pulogroe??? I ma gntietg vrey itpanmeit wtinag aonrud lkie tihs.
There. If you're smart, you'll know exactly what I'm trying to say.
On a closing note, I hope everyone is as proud of this enormously historic day as I am right now. Thank you, and God bless America. Good luck, President Obama!