so proud to be an American

I couldn’t be home tonight to watch President Obama take the oath of office. So driving home, I started dialing around the radio, hoping to find something… maybe a station broadcasting bits of his speech that I’d try to catch pieces of when the interpreter paused… What I found was a news station talking about our new president… and our old one. I don’t understand a lot of what’s said on the radio. But I clearly heard them call President Obama “the President of all the world.” And I also heard them call President Bush a war-loving “crazy.”

Another American ISE told me today she’d forgotten today was anything out of the ordinary. That when French people said to her “it’s a really big day for your country,” she had to stop to figure out what they were talking about. Forgot? I do sometimes feel a little out of touch living here… but, please.

Since getting Kaitlyn to bed, I’ve been glued to the online coverage. The speech was touching. Watching the new President and his wife walk along Pennsylvania Avenue was something else. But I don’t know how long I’ll be able to stay awake to watch the rest. I did see the float from Illinois touting John Deere. Good thing Bill had already gone to bed.

One Response to “so proud to be an American”

  1. D.A.D. says:

    We hope with the infrastructure rebuilding Obama wants to do, and quickly, the need for heavy equipment will again rise. Amazing how economics are so interwoven amongst industries, worldwide. Yes, Obama does seem to be viewed by so many as a savior to the world-based economic troubles. Driving back from Rancho Mirage to LA this morning, went past several new projects (I’m sure these aren’t Obama-related already!) and noted so many large earth-moving devices poised. Multiply that by thousands of projects and maybe there’s rapid hope after all!

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