Inaugurations: Here’s to the Optimists

InaugurationToday is Inauguration Day 2013.  Cue the oh-so-tired Washingtonians.

Here are some real quotes from my “Facebook Friends” (before I deleted my account last evening).

“OMG, the tourists are clogging up the Metro.”

“I’m not going, that’s oh so 2009.”

“The return of the economic destroyer in chief” (this obviously from a disgruntled Republican who has rewritten history).

“Limousine gridlock.”

The newspapers also get into the act. “Experts” who see the world through their lens and no other, have all the answers for what ails President Obama, the political parties, or the country as the second term begins.

Well, I refuse to play that Washington game.  I have a son and four of his college classmates down on the mall today, and they are excited to be a part of history. Andrew and another friend from Washington have spent the last four days touring one friend from California and one from Vermont all around the city – hitting the hip neighborhoods, going to Evensong at the National Cathedral, watching the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery, viewing the L’Enfant plan for the city from Arlington House, seeing the museums. They’ve had a wonderful weekend, and they left early this morning – Candice’s turkey sandwiches in tow – to work their way through the crowds to get to the mall to be a part of history.

Inaugurations in the United States are amazing events, and not because of the spectacle. After one of the most expensive, nasty, and divisive elections since…oh, I don’t know, Andrew Jackson vs. John Quincy Adams (at least for the divisive and nastiness parts)…we have a peaceful transfer (or in today’s case, continuation) of power. When one thinks of how power transfers in many countries of the world, it is amazing that we’ve kept this going for more than 200 years.

So I join Andrew and his friends in their excitement today.  There will be plenty of days when we can rail against the problems in this world. Today is for the optimists.

More to come…

DJB

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