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orca
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Just a reminder for U.S. citizens (though those of you living outside of the U.S. may find it interesting to watch as well) that today is the Presidential inauguration. This is a big BIG deal. What we're watching today isn't any old, once-every-four-years Presidential inauguration. Today the first African American president of the U.S. is being sworn in. This is huge. This is one of those things you want to remember so you can tell your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc. what it was like and what you were doing when it happened. You can watch it for free streaming live at www.hulu.com. Also, please feel free to share your thoughts and feelings about this here.

[ 01-20-2009, 08:39 AM: Message edited by: orca ]

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Heather
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I woke up this morning, took out the dog, had a sip of coffee, then remembered what day it was and burst into (very happy) tears.

This IS huge, and for SO many reasons, certainly including the fact that we FINALLY have a person of color as President (and this makes me weepy, again, oy).

But even just as someone who works for reproductive health and women (and who has literally fought the Bush administration more than once), I honestly feel like today a fascist government is being overthrown, and a HUGE weight is coming off my shoulders.

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For those in Canada who are interested, www.ctv.ca is streaming live as well.

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I have gotten teary-eyed more than once today. I cried when I went to vote in this election and I cried when Obama won, and now I'm crying more.

It's speculated that in his first week in office Obama may overturn (again) the global gag rule, which prohibits US funding from going to foreign organizations that provide abortion counseling, make referrals for abortions, provide abortions, or lobby to make abortion legal or more available in their country. Clinton overturned this piece of policy when he was in office, but George W. Bush quickly reinstated it.

To read more about what Obama may possibly do this week (the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is on the 22nd), here's a brief little article:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/19/obama.abortion/

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I can't remember ever having gone misty eyed upon hearing a politician speak, but I cried during the Victory speech, and again today during the Inaugural speech. It's just so ... huge. [Big Grin]

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orca
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I ended up missing most of it because of class, but one of my professors was nice enough to show it during class (however the website she used skipped a lot, so I'm watching it again now). They also had a few rooms on campus where people who didn't have class could go and watch it. Definitely the teary-eyes on my end, too, which wasn't so good in front of my class (fortunately, the professor was emotional, too, so at least I wasn't the only one).

I'm a little disappointed, though, because it seemed like a lot of my peers just couldn't care less about the inauguration. Then again, there are still a number of McCain/Palin stickers on student cars, notebooks, and backpacks. That's one of the ways you can tell a professor's car from a student's car: the professors have Obama stickers, the students have McCain/Palin stickers.

It was a really nice speech. I can't remember hearing a president talk about openness with other countries and a general desire for peace and conflict resolution the way Obama talked about it. It was a really beautiful thing to hear. (And I greatly appreciated the slight nod to nonbelievers. It wasn't much, and he still invoked God a whole lot, but that's far far better than certain other presidents who refuse to admit that nonbelievers, or any religion outside of mainstream Christianity, exist. Yeah, I see the irony, too.)

I'm also just SO relieved that it went smoothly. I've been fearing something would happen right before he was sworn in and we'd be plunged back into this nightmare called the Bush administration. I feel like Alice, crawling back out of the rabbit hole.

[ 01-20-2009, 02:26 PM: Message edited by: orca ]

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I am not from the US obviously but I, too, really like Obama. I unfortunatly didn't have the chance to watch his entire speech, only a part of it but it did also made me very emotional. [Smile]

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Hey cool, here's the speech if you want to see it. I have a feeling this will be shown on TV for quite some time to come.

Can I say that I'm a little sad there wasn't more dancing in the streets? I was hoping for people to spontaneously burst into song and dance and crowd the streets. Hopefully, another time, within my lifetime. (And yeah, I thought about just doing it myself and seeing if people would join in, but then I chickened out. [Embarrassed] )

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I was really struck by Obama's words at the Youth Ball last night. It doesn't feel patronizing coming from him, whereas I think there are plenty of people who can talk about youth but not to youth.

Still counting myself as a youth (in many ways), I saw firsthand how young people really rose to the occasion during this election and were incredibly active campaigning, volunteering, and the like.

It's exciting to have someone in office who I think truly believes that any sustainable change that is to happen in the United States is going to need to involve youth. I don't think it's possible to fix anything without our buy-in and support.

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...and indeed, the Global Gag Rule is no. Freaking. More.

It's been a long wait, people.

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I am so elated! And hopeful for a new era of sex ed that looks through a lens of cultural competence and harm reduction, rather than moral mandate.

Today is a good day, and I'm also struck by how excited and happy I am that I know so many men who are standing right there along with our female friends, family, colleagues, partners, acquaintances and recognizing that this is not just a huge deal for women--it's a huge deal for all of us.

Here's to continued support of choice, autonomy, and overall sexual health.

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It's pretty freakin' awesome to see that happen.

I was sharing the news with a friend, and we both marveled at how surreal it still is to hear White House news and not automatically roll your eyes and turn away.

(And the best part? My Republican-voting friend was complaining that Obama is making it hard for him to remain cynical, what with all the good stuff he's making happen. Hah!)

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