By some inauguration day minor miracle, both of my boys stopped crying long enough for me to hear the actual swearing-in of our new president, and while I’m trying to keep my expectations reasonable, to bear in mind that President Barack Obama is a man, a good, intellectual, thoughtful man, but still a man, one who’s entering office at the worst of times, I can’t help but feel elated, as if that Mighty Mouse theme song is now the new order of things: “Here I come to save the daaay!”

How moving the benediction, and Elizabeth Alexander’s poem! Thanks to Wom-Po, here are links to an article with the poem’s text and video footage of the reading itself — I don’t think the text is lineated properly, being merely centered in paragraphs, but I’d need to get a glance at the poem in Alexander’s actual hands to know for sure (we’ll get our chance — Graywolf Press will publish the poem as a chapbook in February).  But I’m a text-based visual sort, so it’s nice to read it for myself, however provisional the line-breaks or format.  And the article itself is worth reading, too.

What a day. Tomorrow, reason and reality will return. But today, we praise, and hope, and celebrate!

2 responses to “Praise.”

  1. How lucky you are! Matt came home from work to watch it with us, Eli woke up from his nap so he wouldn’t miss it. I made popcorn (signifier of family movie night, afternoon, noon, whatever) and, through the crunching, I got to hear the actual swearing in too. Not the speech though. I had to TIVO that. All the way to Eli’s checkup I was singing in the car – the end of a LOOOOOOONG 8 years has finally come!

  2. Well, the swearing-in was the only part of the ceremony I was able to hear uninterrupted. I had the radio tuned to NPR in the kitchen AND the living room, but the moment of grace was just a moment, so I only caught snatches after that. Definitely a popcorn-worthy event!

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