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Inauguration day is here! I have the day off work and I’m glued to the television. I love the interviews with people on the street who made it to Wash. D.C. and are reveling in the spirit of the city. The temperature is 17 degrees there, yet millions of people are in the street already, many hours ahead of the swearing in.

Inauguration Day

You can’t help getting swept up in the excitement. An incredible historic event is about to happen.

As I watch this unfold, people say things that bear reporting:

Colin Powell on departing GWB (a final rattling off of the talking points): He kept us safe since 9-11, although that’s not to say it won’t happen again. (That’s the first time I’ve heard someone add the last part, and I was a little startled by it. And let me repeat what I heard elsewhere, keeping us safe on all the days except 9-11 is about like a girl saying I’m a virgin except for that one time.)

Bob Woodward (on MSNBC) on the challenges Obama faces: When Obama walks into the Oval Office tomorrow, it will be as if George Bush left it full of hand grenades with the pins pulled.

Please add your observations and feelings today. As Joe Scarborough said this morning, I invite our conservative and Republican friends to join in the happy, hopeful spirit of this day. American desperately needs change and we all need to be part of that change.




Late Night Club Utah: This Land Is Your Land – Seeger and Springsteen

An awesome song performed by the inimitable Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen (I think that’s Seeger’s grandson with them) on January 18, 2009, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. during the festivities and celebration of the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

I’m a big fan of Seeger and I love to hear him sing this protest albeit hopeful, wonderful song. How about we make it our unofficial national anthem. Come on, everyone, sing along! I am!

*Cross-posted at RedStateBlues.

UPDATE: 1/20/2009
Apparently there is some controversy brewing over the posting of this video on YouTube. HBO initially claimed copyright to the performance and YouTube was ordered to take it down. However, HBO appears to have now relented. But the question is asked over at Daily Kos, does the inauguration belong to HBO or to the people of the United States? How do you copyright the inauguration, or even allow only one broadcast outlet to have all rights?

HBO ought to listen to the words of the song.

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