The DC office was closed today so I worked from home. Good progress in the morning, one phone meeting, and then I took some time to watch the inauguration on TV. It’s all been said already, but let me just give a few of my own impressions:
- Kind of funny how our Chief Justice doesn’t know the Oath of Office. It seems to me I had to learn that in sixth grade.
- Great speech by Obama. A lot of metaphors and imagery, but what most impressed and excited me was "We will restore science to its rightful place". Kind of sums up some of what went wrong with the last eight years.
- How about the crowds on the National Mall, and how well-behaved everyone was?
- How about how youthful, funny and energetic Obama seemed throughout the day; he seemed to be having a great time.
- It seemed that almost everyone was enthusiastic about President Obama; sure, there were a few exceptions, professional blatherers like Rush Limbaugh. But for the most part, it seems like everyone in the world is a fan.
There couldn’t be a greater contrast between the incoming Obama and outgoing Bush. It really does feel as though we’ve been in some kind of coma for the last eight years, and we are now waking up and the veil has been lifted. The darkness is receding and the sunlight is overtaking the land.
Congratulations, Mr. President.
Waking up this morning was like coming out of a long, dark coma. The the skies here in Virginia were overcast and rainy, it nevertheless seemed bright and sunny to me. Our hope has been returned. Our pride has been returned. We can once again be the nation that helped save Europe from Nazi Germany and the worldfrom Japanese imperialism in World War II; we can once again be the nation that put a man on the moon. There is still a long way to go, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Things are still broken, but there is now hope that we have the right leaders to fix them.
I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992; Bill Clinton in 1996; Al Gore in 2000; John Kerry in 2004. But never have I been as excited about an election, never have I felt as inspired by a leader, and never have I felt such pride in casting my vote as I did yesterday for President-elect Barack Obama. How cool is that?
The major networks have just called it. I am just thrilled. Thrilled! I don’t think this will sink in until tomorrow. But it will be more or less a landslide. I’m so proud of my country today!
I sneaked out of the office at 10 AM and headed over to my polling place in hopes that the lines would not be long. I was in luck. It took me seven minutes to go through the line and vote. It took me longer to do the round-trip to the polling place. I was told that first thing this morning, the lines were 90 minutes, and they would probably be up there again after work today. So I guess I came at the right time.
What a thrill it was to check the Obama-Biden box on my (electronic) ballot. Never before, in any election that I have voted in, was I so excited by a candidate. I can only imagine that this is how people felt when voting for John F. Kennedy back in 1960.
Otherwise, I voted the straight Democratic ticket, and then for a few measures for the city and county of Arlington.
I was back in the office at about 10:30.
I was up ridiculously late last night–until almost 2 AM. I started playing Tiger Woods 2009 at around 9:30 PM and ended up in a tournament that I eventually won, but it took a long, long time. I can’t recall the last time I did something like that. Nevertheless, I was up at 6:30 this morning, excited for election day.
Yesterday was a strange day at work. I couldn’t find my groove, but I am feeling much better this morning. I finally got to talk to vickyandnorm yesterday. We had played phone tag for a while.
I’m planning on leaving work at 3 PM to go vote. Lines in "battleground" Virginia are expected to be long, even though we have early voting and a record number of people made use of it. I hope that by avoiding "peak" hours, I won’t have to wait too long. I’m very excited about the election today. Six key states close early (by 8 PM Eastern) and Virginia is one of them. It looks like if Obama takes Indiana or Virginia, we are in good shape. If he takes both, we may have a landslide on our hand. I still have no doubt that Obama will win–now it’s just a matter of by how much.