So I’m sitting here at work, wanting to watch the inauguration but the company’s network is too jammed to let any decent streaming video through. (My PC at home is recording it via Hulu.com, hopefully it’s working…but surely it’ll be available on any number of DVDs being hawked by networks trying to make a quick buck.)
Anyway, I’m trying to figure out how I feel about today. Part of me is jubilant: “Finally we’re getting rid of that slimy little criminal puppet! Finally the embarrassment I’ve felt for my country is beginning to ease! Finally there’s a glimmer of hope that maybe we’re not completely screwed after all!” I’m also indulging my mean-spirited side and relishing the thought of Republicans around the nation squirming in their seats as waves of fear and loathing wash over them. This worldwide celebration must be making them physically and spiritually ill. When was the last time the world celebrated the election of a Republican this way? It must be filling these right-wing blockheads with dread and despair and embarrassing defeat. It’s delicious, and I hope they feel this way for months to come. They’ve earned it.
Then there’s the other side of me saying: Oh shit…this country is so desperate for a change that they’re expecting miracles from Obama, and look at the fucked-up mess he’s inherited from the aforementioned puppet. People are going crazy over this, their hopes are getting unrealistically high. And knowing how much blockage he’ll encounter from the Republicans, they may be headed for a lot of disappointment. So it’s a mixture of optimism and wariness of being too optimistic. The hype and expense of this event is unbelievable… Rush Limbaugh is calling it “the Immaculate Inauguration.” I hate to say it, but I sort of agree with him on this one. It feels like blind hope with unrealistic expectations. But maybe that’s just me being a cynical, late-30’s curmudgeon. 🙂
We can’t trust that the Dems won’t screw him over as well, either. After all, we’ve been burned by the “change” mantra before, right? The Dems won their majority a couple of years ago with big talk about ending or severely limiting the war, and instead they’ve fed it and kept it alive beyond all reason. Is Obama really going to do great things? And more importantly, will his fellow politicians allow it? I guess we’ll find out soon enough. We have to give him a chance, but we should also pay careful attention.