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Re: Inauguration at 3am by peripatetically on 20 January 2009 12:31pm
Missy, I believe she is referring to your alarm clock. Were you really setting it?
Re: Inauguration at 3am by kazzzz on 20 January 2009 1:44pm
OK It's on now and they're showing footage of someone in the White House painting a wall, they're filming him through the window.

Re: Inauguration at 3am by mrsthing on 20 January 2009 6:31pm
"...and this is the first time in nearly 8 years that the walls--the interior walls--of the White House have been painted. Our source at the White House tells us Mrs. Obama picked out the color herself after looking at samples for just under 15 minutes, the shortest time we know of that it's taken a first lady--future first lady--to pick out a new color for the White House interior."

Oh Kazzzz, wait till you hear his inaugural speech! Watch for Malia fidgeting during the invocation, and Michelle gently correcting her.
Re: Inauguration at 3am by Miss-M on 20 January 2009 10:50pm
Alas, I didn't set my alarm clock. It's like the night of the living dead at my place, so I need all the sleep I can get! :)

Clagster, did you stay up until 3am??
Re: Inauguration at 3am by peripatetically on 20 January 2009 10:59pm
I wonder if she picked purple for the walls?
Re: Inauguration at 3am by peripatetically on 20 January 2009 11:53pm
Oh, the lunar vehicle in the parade! ACE!!!!!!!
Re: Inauguration at 3am by peripatetically on 20 January 2009 11:55pm
I bet they can't wait to get to bed tonight. Lord what a long day. And they still have to get dressed for10 inaugural balls.
Re: Inauguration at 3am by kazzzz on 21 January 2009 12:50am
No Missy I deffo didn't, that was on around midnight I think, I went to bed shortly after that.

I had the telly on this morning and there was a lot of coverage, ALL of it was interviewing coloured folks who were talking about Martin Luther King and how they could tell their grandkids that they were there for the inauguration of a black president. There was just nothing else for ages so I turned it off.
Forgive my cynisicm but is this ALL about him being black? Good for him but all but the focus seemed to be solely on that issue. If there IS integration in America, does it matter if he's black, white or purple polka dots?
Don't get me wrong I'm not criticising Obama at all, I think he was a wonderful choice and I have high hopes for the future with him in office. But the focus on the black issue is just ridiculous. It's not relevant to him doing his job at all.
ACTUALLY, he's a bit sexy eh gals? ;)
Re: Inauguration at 3am by MMMmmm... on 21 January 2009 3:00am
Kazzz - it's about so much more - but it means a lot to African Americans. Imagine having your people be abused slaves, then 2nd class citizens who couldn't vote, couldn't go in places the privileged people could go, had to give up their seats on buses, were not respected... In a country that said: All Men Are Created Equal... People were hung from trees, whipped, beaten or killed for "looking" at white women, terrorized, dragged behind vehicles until they died because their bodies fell apart, world class singers like Nat King Cole had to enter performances through the back door, through the kitchen...

So this is a most beautiful, meaningful day for them...
Re: Inauguration at 3am by mrsthing on 21 January 2009 3:09am
Kazzzz, in my lifetime, though slavery was outlawed and civil rights acts passed, there's been a lot of prejudice against black people. It wasn't until the 1970s that black people and white people could legally marry in the US. There was a lot of tacit bigotry and racism in hiring black people, in treating them at hospitals, in educating them in integrated schools--across the board. To have a black man voted--elected by a majority vote--into office, is unbelievable.

They said that not far from where Obama stood to take the oath of office, there used to be a pen where slaves were kept who were building the White House. I don't think any white person can truly understand what it means to black people in America, many of whom can trace their roots back to slaves.

I hope one day it won't matter. I'm so glad my daughter said to me, "What's the big deal about him being black?" And I do believe that Obama was elected because of the content of his character and not because of the color of his skin. Today, though, it matters.
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