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At Last!

And so I watched all the inauguration footage I could see on Tuesday, and still felt like I couldn’t get enough.  I don’t think I’ve watched that many consecutive hours of television IN MY LIFE, but this was a once in a lifetime event.  As President Barack Obama said in his speech…this is a new era!  It took 35 five words, but it’s a done deal.  Who would have thought that after all the months of campaigning, all the blogs, all the debates, all the pseudo-scandals, all the hours of camping out on CNN/Meet The Press et al, it would only take 35 words?

I remember Reagan winning in 1980 and 1984.  I remember the first Bush presidency, and of course I was able to vote for the first time when Clinton won in 1992.  At that time I was living in Maryland, and only watched inauguration footage long enough to see Maya Angelou.   Y’all know I didn’t watch one pinky toe worth of coverage when “W” won, so this was all uncharted territory for me.  I didn’t know what to expect, but I was too afraid to turn away because I didn’t want to miss a thing.

Now that President Obama is 2 days into his first hundred days as Commander-in-Chief, I will of course keep him and his family in my prayers.  I have nothing but optimistic thoughts about his presidency, and I believe in my heart that as a nation we are entering a new era.  If we all do our part we, along with President Obama, will turn this country around.  I also wanted to take a minute to reflect on my favorite moment of President Barack Obama’s Inauguration, and on a lighter note pick out a few of the more memorable moments too!

Hands down, my favorite moment was when President Obama stood there with one hand raised and one hand on the bible and said, “So help me God.”  At that moment it was official, and I clapped.

Now regarding the memorable moments, I must shout out the church ensembles.  The Obama girls in their cute church coats, and Aretha Franklin in that church hat!  I remarked on Facebook how cute the Obama girls looked with their freshly pressed hair and church coats.  Rick, my FB friend, admonished me for not mentioning Aretha Franklin….so here goes!

First I must look at Aretha in a historical context.  She’s not just the Queen of Soul.  She’s not just one that often takes fashion risks.  She is part of the soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement.  Aretha sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King JR, so singing at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama was only fitting.  Now regarding that church hat….Black people love a church hat.  No matter the occasion; be it a funeral, wedding, christening, graduation or Communion Sunday, a big church hat is going to be somewhere on the premises.  So we might as well all get used to seeing more church hats paraded around political events, because so long as the Obama’s are in the White House, somebody will be wearing an ill-advised church hat…full of feathers, rhinestones, sequins, or some other tacky adornment!

Now I have been known to sacrifice comfort for fashion, so I know Michelle’s feet are probably still hurting today.  She strutted around in those pumps all day in the freezing cold DC weather.  Not only did she do the cute shoe thing, she also opted not to have on a real coat!  President Obama had his suit jacket and cashmere coat on, but Michelle was cute in her yellow ensemble.  PETA would have been mad at me, because I would have been walking that parade route with my full-length fur on!

And finally, I must give it up to Beyonce.  I am not a Beyonce fan (at all), but she did an awesome job singing “At Last”.  It was probably the most fitting song for President and Mrs. Obama’s first dance.  At Last, Barack Obama has been sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America, and I could not be more proud.  So Epiphanyblog, those are my faves…what’s yours?


January 22, 2009 - Posted by | Life, News, Obama, Politics


  1. LMAO!!!! Yeah, with a brother in the WHite house, the church hat is here to stay. What did Omar call his granny’s church hat on The Wire????

    My favorite moment was when they showed Obama coming through the tunnel by himself before he took that oath. You could see the humility in his eyes.

    Comment by JBlaze | January 22, 2009

  2. Talking about Aretha’s hat, did you see this?


    Comment by Chicki Brown | January 22, 2009

  3. At Last, Thank God and God Bless the Obama family. First of all I thought it was extremely touching to see Malia and Sasha walk out with their heads held high and smiling- acting like they were supposed to be coming to see their daddy take the oath of Presidency- with their grandmother trying to catch up with them–how cute was that, and yes their outfits were adorable.

    Seeing Barack walk out of the tunnel was awesome- he was ready!!

    Last but not least Mrs Obama was beautiful and graceful all day and night. Their first dance was absolutely romantic!! Beyonce did her thing.

    The entire ceremony and festivities were amazing and you could not stop watching. I also thought it was a very dignified and classy send off to Mr and Mrs Bush escorting them to the plane and watching it take off.

    Comment by Cheryl | January 22, 2009

  4. Rev. Lowery topped it off for me. We are all going to hear that benediction in church on Sunday. Like you, I watched TV for about 24 hours straight. Afraid to go to sleep, watching all the balls and waiting for the first day when President Obama woke up in the White House. I was in Denver and I remember looking at the window at the mountains and feeling like we had made it to the top.

    I thank all involved for making it a peaceful and joyous day. I was excited to learn that there were no arrest or violent acts in DC that day.

    God is good. Put him first and he will do the rest.

    Comment by Venom | January 22, 2009

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