Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Watching the Inauguration of Barack Obama... with a Cat

Today, it feels good to say, "I am an American."

Today, I am so happy and so proud of my country.

Today, we have a new President, Barack Hussein Obama. And a new First Lady, Michelle Obama. And a new First Family.

And I have only one word to describe the feeling: JOY.

So consider this blog post my Ode to Joy -- with Black Cat.

And as much as I love Felix, this picture may be my favorite image of the inauguration:

Let us hope that today marks the beginning of many new and wonderful firsts for this country -- and the world.

God Bless America. And God bless Barack Obama and his family and his administration and keep them and us safe.


TommyMac71 said...

My cat, the famous Fumbles, is Obama's first critic.

A mere 5 minutes after his speech, she was chasing a catnip mouse behind the television and promptly stepped on the power strip and shut the TV down, like that....

larissa said...

I have hope today
Al, Trinity - don't care much
Except for the lap

Anonymous said...

I hear you sister! AMEN!

Dave S. said...

A great day indeed. My only regret is that I was unable to watch at home with my family. Also, my office is not on the flight path to Andrews AFB so I did not get to see the Bush-copter flee the Capitol.

From what I gather, the proceedings went downhill after the speech so perhaps it was just Fumbles expressing her taste in poetry.

Anonymous said...

The prayer at the end was the best speech/poem/prayer of the entire event!

J. said...

I enjoyed Obama's speech greatly but Reverend Joseph Lowery's benediction at the end was equally powerful and funny and sweet.

Btw, had Felix jumped over the set the other way, he probably would have unplugged it, too.

LOBO said...

My cat Phil is "African American" too. But she slept through the whole damn thing!

-She's just not politically motivated.

J. said...

Hey, a cat's got to get her 16 (or is it 18?) hours of sleep, LOBO. And Phil's a beauty. So clearly that beauty rest has paid off. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Anonymous said...

Hey, it's a beautiful thing; however, and I don't mean to be a kill-joy but, am I the only one who thought the following was unnecessary:

Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.

I'm already setting my DVR to see SNL do their take on today.

EMM said...

I was just as proud to be an American during the last administration. I never let policy or president take away what/how I feel to be an American.

The transition went smoothly and today was a wonderful. Today, I am more hopeful.

I think Independents and Republicans will be more willing to say positive things about Obama from day 1 and to continue to be proud/happy Americans.

When Obama throws his first pitch at Nationals Stadium this season, I doubt there will be any boos...which there should have NEVER been for Bush. I'm glad that our President will be shown the respect his position deserves.

J - Felix makes me laugh - he looks like he can talk...can he?

Annie Mosaic Cat said...

Very wonderful day and post.
Sadie may be part Maine Coon. She came as a very tiny and dehydrated, starving stray kitty, so who knows? She's very sweet, and very afraid of anyone but her family. Total low maintenance cat. Perfect, really.

I took the shot of her with the pol blog out of the post. It's nice to have a place to go to be irreverent and potty-mouthed and snarky, and since my handle is a give-away, I'd rather keep my antics over there more private, you know?

Happy First Day of the Rest of Our Lives, J and kitties!
LW and kitties and dog