I felt so pleased today that many students felt annoyed that they had to come to school instead of staying home to watch the inauguration. It meant they understood the importance of the ceremony and the day. I had my writing lab students watch it from 11:30-12:15 in a classroom with other kids. At first they didn't entirely pay attention, but when the invocation was spoken, they all got quiet, and when Obama took the oath, I only heard televisions overlapping as he spoke. What a great speech; what a great day.
I told my students that today they truly became a part of history; their kids will one day ask them how old they were and where they watched President Obama's inauguration. I told them everything would be a little different. I hope I told the truth--I think I did. We spoke about how he won't get everything fixed in four or even eight years, but that he can get this country moving in the right direction. He gives so much hope to so many that I have to believe we will want to change as a nation for the better. We've had so little hope for the past five years (more, really).... I want to see what we can do. It's not just about one man but about what he represents. I felt that today. Perhaps it's corny, but he made me proud to be an American again.
The speech isn't up yet, but I wanted to post this: