Here I sit, watching, with the rest of the country, the second inauguration of President Obama. I love all the pomp and circumstance of any state occasion, be it here or in any other country. I am actually one of those people who adhere to the famous quotation:
I can remain glued to my television for hours on end watching a royal wedding or a state funeral. I especially love any ceremony having to do with the peaceful transfer of power, something we have come to take for granted here in the United States of America. I don’t want to think about how many inauguration ceremonies I have been able to watch. I remember Dwight Eisenhower, and, of course ,John Kennedy, and all who have taken the oath since.
I cannot remember every speech or what every first lady wore, but the feeling of security engendered by the proceedings’ constancy, has always made me proud to be an American citizen. Today, so far, has been no exception to that feeling.
But, and there always is a but for me. I never cease to be amazed at how alike all people are in their reactions to common events. At the luncheon, as the President and the First Lady, Vice President and Mrs. Biden, and the Boehners et al, got up to inspect the Lennox Vases presented to them from the committee, they all just stood there trying to make small talk for the still cameras. I just knew they were doing what we all have to do when we are posing for a picture but attempting to look natural at the same time. A very uncomfortable look crosses everyone’s face in those moments. Try to remember back to the last time you tried to appear nonchalant. If you see this moment at the luncheon replayed on the news tonight, watch for that moment.
I bring this up only to stress my belief in the saying, “we all have more to unite us, then that which divides us”. We all, and I do mean all, from the President to the Congress and all our citizens, need to keep this in mind as we move forward.We need to do the best for every citizen, and not just the group that we find ourselves in at this moment. I hope we can all respect our neighbors’ opinions and strive to compromise. This is the only way we can move forward as a nation, and not as a band of special interests with a flag in common.
On this day when everyone in Washington pretends to be one big dysfunctional family, pulling together for the sake of the children, the constituents, lets all find a way to keep this feeling alive. Just as we must tolerate crazy Uncles, busybody Aunts, meddling In-laws and annoying Siblings, all those things we have all learned to do so well in our private lives. Can we take those talents and use them whether as citizens or politicians, stop arguing and start acting as one cohesive unit dedicated to serving the greater good.
Some words popped into my head as I was writing this and it took awhile to find the quote, not from JFK, as I originally thought but from Ted’s eulogy at Robert’s funeral.
“My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.”
I could not say that any clearer, this is what Washington needs to do starting tomorrow at 9:00 am.
PS. Enough with the heavy stuff. The dress is gorgeous, Jason Wu; and Jimmy Choo shoes. This is the really important part of the day! Right ladies!