Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Belated Inauguration Note

we watched the inauguration together...

I couldn't make it to go to DC for the inauguration day. Post-holiday financial issue, added with the fact that I got sick, so that it was just almost impossible to travel 14 hours in total (7 hours each way), plus the fact that my class started on January 21 were the main reasons why I couldn't make it to be there.

I avoided TV and pre-inauguration news because I didn't want to feel bad about not being there. And it was just good enough to rest an dealt with our fever and cold in a cozy house, somewhere in Albany, where the entertainment tools were our laptops, books and a pile of DVDs. Yet I couldn't stand to just miss the hype. It was historical, I knew it, and I wanted to be somewhere that I could cheer and cry together with other Americans.

So that was it, I browsed, and I found that Albany Public Library invited the community to watch that historical moment together.

Yet before running to the bus stop that morning I rushed with Facebook-CNN's project. CNN provided live streaming of the inauguration through FB and I had a good laugh to see my friends' comments and status. At the same time I was amazed to see the power of internet-mediated social networking, where my friends, at that time watched the same thing, while virtually we were in different parts of the world. It felt like there was a huge TV across this planet, where that TV broadcasted CNN, and we were all sitting and watching nicely in a living room called Facebook, had some pop corns and soda (not beers, sorry, coz I simply just don't like beer.. hehehe..), and we chatted. Really chatted and threw some comments as if we were sitting next to each other!

Then, I went to the Public Library. As we got into that humble building on Washington Avenue, we could see a small TV and some chairs rowed in front of it. My Hun and I laughed at the first time coz we thought that we could have just watched it at my apartment - as I also have TV there. Then we found that actually there was a nice big screen in the auditorium, yet the quality of the internet streaming was very, very awful. Finally we all moved back to that little TV, when the invocation was about to start. I sat on the floor with some other ladies who were not tall enough to watch from the back part of the row.

Quiet. Solemn. I was touched to see those Americans. A big African-American guy, rasta haired, with a tattoo on his arm, laid down on his chair, so enchanted by the show, crying. An African-American couple hugged each other, same expression. Some white old ladies also cried, also the youngs, and I.

I can say that I'm not a fanatic fan of Obama, but I cried during the speech too. Not because of his words (even it was indeed, a compelling speech), but more because of the scene that I saw, live in front of my eyes: the hopes, the trust, the happiness, the overwhelmed emotions, all in those people's eyes... A tissue box was passed to all of us. When I looked around, seems that none didn't have tears flowing from their eyes. Everybody smiled and cried at the same time.

That view, made me say a wish: "I wish Obama's administration could fulfil those people's wishes..."
Hopefully, hopes will be fulfilled.

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