Tuesday, January 20, 2009
What was your favorite line in the inaguration speech?
My company planned a large customer gathering for today. Guess the marketing wienies don't do politics. So I showed up at 7:30 and started getting the books laid out for a morning of seminars as I noshed on the fruit (where do they get such big blackberries this time of year)? I told T how much I had hated to get out of the car and turn off the radio. A quick word by her, and CNN was on the big screen. Upstairs, they had CNN on 3 big screens in the lunchroom, and the room was packed. Ninety customers came in and were riveted by the screen images. When we said we needed to start the seminar, I heard a few wistful sighs. When we announced we would stop for the swearing-in and speech, there were vigorous nods. So we did. When they started to swear Obama in, CNN magically appeared, and we all clapped. T and I hugged with tears. When Obama said, "Now is the time for the role of science to resume its rightful place" both T and I cheered, and everyone turned around to look at us. Past time! It will be hard times to come, but we all desperately needed a day of hope and celebration.