Sunday, I flipped back and forth between the Eagles game and the concert for Obama. I'll admit to getting choked up watching Pete Seeger sing "This Land is your Land." And I also got a kick out of seeing Garth Brooks sing "Shout." I would actually love to be on the mall today to be a part of what is bound to be a very emotional ceremony for many people. My son is watching the inauguration with his whole school. Geeky Girl is going to ask about it. I'm recording it just in case.
Barbara Ganley tweeted that the inauguration reminds her to recommit to community involvement. Me too. Something I've been thinking about for the last couple of months is in what way I should get involved. The PTA doesn't appeal to me because they're more involved in cookie baking than school reform. I am already somewhat involved with our local democrats, but I want to find something that crosses political lines. As it happens, our state representative is holding a business disctrict revitalization meeting this week, a couple of hours before the school board meeting. I'm planning to go to both.
I think it's going to take a lot of effort not just by the administration but by all of us to get through the wars and the economic fallout. I hope the Obama administration encourages that kind of participation as his campaign did. I think many of us stand ready and hopeful.
Update: Also read Leslie's amazing post.