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Lunch break at Pixel - Mark's Journal
Lunch break at Pixel
Inauguration at PixelSo late this morning I decided I felt like watching some TV with friends. I grabbed a (quite awesome) roast beef on baguette across the street, and popped down to Pixel for a bit. They opened early (six hours early) because they had a hunch I might not be the only one who felt like watching some TV with friends around lunchtime today. Turns out they were right.

I'm more than a little impressed at how many people I know were there today -- in the city, on the Mall, or even at the Capitol. While I had no desire to be there personally, I can understand the draw of being part of history, and I'm glad I participated locally rather than watching in a little window at my desk.

What a relief that Senator Kennedy seems as though he'll be OK for now. My first thought when I heard he'd had a seizure and was being taken to the hospital was that at least he'd made it to today, as he promised, but I'd much rather keep him around a while longer. (Yes, Mrs. Cooper made it, too.)

One thing that struck me recently about today's events is that an awful lot of people I know and hang out with have no meaningful recollection of anyone but a Bush or a Clinton as President of the United States. My friend Adam commented this afternoon that this was the first time he can remember bothering to watch the inauguration, even though this is the tenth he's been alive for. I have vague memories of President Ford taking office, though I couldn't swear to you I watched his inauguration; I was too young to care that much. The first inauguration I can clearly recall watching was President Reagan's, and I'm pretty sure I've watched each new President be inaugurated since.

Tonight, I'm not sure what I'll be up to. I may be checking out the gatherings at Felicia's and/or Pixel, or I may just relax at home. Either way, I think I'm heading home shortly for some leftover deep dish pizza.
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kaitl From: kaitl Date: January 20th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was a Reagan baby, but only really remember GHW Bush, Clinton, and GW Bush. I have very distinct memories of marching on the National Mall yelling "Hey hey, ho ho, George Bush has gotta go!" (re: GHWB) during a women's rights march-- probably 1990ish.

I think this may have been the first inauguration I watched... which I guess is kinda sad. *shrugs*

Glad you found a good place to take it all in :)
sunpony From: sunpony Date: January 21st, 2009 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
My political memory is pretty long. I remember watching Reagan's first inauguration and thinking "what an a-hole" (I was 13 at the time). I campaigned for Dukakis and I watched Clinton's first inauguration, this time thinking "what a charlatan."

And I've voted for Nader since.

I watched Obama's swearing-in today, mostly out of curiosity. Decent speech that I am re-reading to ponder further, and like others quite taken by the turnout and feeling. I do not envy Obama; he has quite an array of tasks before him. We'll see what his solutions are.
shogunmouse From: shogunmouse Date: January 21st, 2009 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
January 2005, I went to Pennsylvania Ave and was able to sit on the bleachers for a front row view of the stuff. It was because of GW's unpopularity that the seats never sold and I was able to do that.

Would I do it again? Nope. Never. I dont care who won. I was still a part of history.

And I even live in Murrland. I could have gone there... assuming the metro wasnt shut down between my place and the action. But it was because someone was hit by a train.
terpsichord From: terpsichord Date: January 21st, 2009 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think Ford had an inauguration as such; as I recall it was more of just a swearing in ceremony since he took office upon Nixon's resignation.
mama0807 From: mama0807 Date: January 21st, 2009 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I clearly remember being in Kindergarten class while Carter was still president, when Reagan was running to become president and having a discussion about this.
nighthellcat From: nighthellcat Date: January 21st, 2009 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
My earliest memory of a president is Regan. The first inauguration I was alive for and would have remembered would be the first shrub. The first inauguration that I actually watched was Clinton.

My University's marching band marched in the second shrub's first inauguration parade. There's no way in hell I was going with them, even if it was a free trip to DC. (I'd have been arrested for making obscene gestures. lol)
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