On Monday, January 21st 2013, Barack Obama had his inauguration ceremony for his second term. Googliebear and I watched in rapt attention, and some scattered ideas occurred to me by the end of historic moment.
For the first ever, a President has mentioned gay rights in the address. I was hoping this would happen someday, and after Bill Clinton disappointed not once, but twice in this regard, Obama stepped up to the task. Bravo. Took the politicos long enough.
This speech was one of the few times Obama showed anything close to an angry, okay more like heavily annoyed, temperament. This seemed like his version of rage. From calling out climate change deniers, gay haters, and failed Vice-Presidential candidates, it felt like Obama has found some teeth.
While not about the politics, but the tastes of the President, the choices of performers and what they did was interesting. I am a fan of none of these artists, but each one provided a glimpse of what America offers.
While Googliebear and I are Canadians, and proud of it, we both realize the power and importance of the U.S. Presidency. We wish Obama much luck in everything he faces for the next four years, and this traditional Irish poem represents our feelings:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.