I don't remember voting for it, but now that it's out there...
Judging on the web traffic, you would think Aretha's hat took the oath of office today. I think Obama should give that bow a cabinet position, don't you? Maybe Secretary of Sparkle?
Seriously though, I loved the President's speech. I can't remember the last time I was able to listen to an entire political speech without getting apoplectic with rage. Even when Bush said things I agreed with (which happened more often than I would ever admit in public), his delivery and voice and mannerisms seemed so patronizing and arrogant to me that I couldn't get through more than a couple of minutes. Today, however, I listened; I absorbed; I feel like I may have learned something. I don't have any delusions that President Obama will be any more successful managing the current crises than his predecessor, but I most certainly appreciate his ability to create an atmosphere of hope and change. He seems to have inspired the country to be more positive, more pro-active, more open... and really, that's what he will need to make the changes that we so desperately need.
Good luck, Mr. President. I, for one, am completely in your corner.
And Aretha, dear lady... you are CRAZY and so was your inauguration day bonnet. Keep up the good work.