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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Morning in San Francisco

This morning. San Francisco's beautiful City Hall in the early morning light.

As the crowd grew larger behind us, spreading out to the sides, everyone so full of anticipation.

And then it was his moment. Our moment.

Finally. Finally.



I can't say more than what you already feel inside, so we can just enjoy the feelings together.

One thing that was wonderful and creative and perfect to share was this, though. People inscribing their wishes and hopes for our new president.

1000 Origami Peace Cranes on canvas.

Up close, you could not make out the image as easily.

I got a chance to make my small mark on a spot of canvas.

And then the moment had arrived.

The canvas was turned and uplifted.


Just Jules January 20, 2009 at 12:32 PM  

I am so happy you were able to capture a bit of your own history today. I hope we all as Americans can feel like we belong again. Hope... that is the word for today.

Eternal Lizdom January 20, 2009 at 12:37 PM  

What an amazing thing to be part of!

My favorite moment in his speech:

"It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate."

Susana January 20, 2009 at 12:39 PM  

We've been following the inauguration on the news, here in Spain. Congrats on a great, truly historical day!

Laura Doyle January 20, 2009 at 1:49 PM  

What a heart-breakingly beautiful outpouring of hope and joy and human connection! There may never have been another time in history when so many of us from around the globe have been connected in spirit, in the same thought, at the same time.

Char January 20, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

what a great way to mark history

Mari January 20, 2009 at 1:53 PM  

Beautiful! The return of hope! Fly!

Gabby January 20, 2009 at 3:19 PM  

Ding Dong, the witch is DEAD. Everyone, out in the street now and sing!

christina January 20, 2009 at 4:40 PM  

Happy, happy day, my friend. ; )


Ron McBride January 20, 2009 at 5:09 PM  

and we all breathed a sigh of relief.... Thank the Lord Above!!


Cynthia Pittmann January 21, 2009 at 1:50 AM  

I love that "Be the change you seek"-but it is so much easier when you can feel proud of yourself. I'm so overcome with emotion about the change in the United States. I've been teaching the 60's (social/political)in my classes for years...and the vision is alive in my brain. To see an African American First Family at first was at inicially a relef but now I am overcome with the truth that people can change. And yesterday, when I heard an American say, "He's not my president." I knew that even those who hang on to sufficating prejudice will one day be compelled to change.

A Cuban In London January 21, 2009 at 1:52 AM  

A great day for the US and for the rest of the world. Thanks.

Greetings from London.

paris parfait January 21, 2009 at 3:39 AM  

Wonderful art for a truly wonderful day we'll never forget.

Anonymous January 21, 2009 at 4:58 AM  

what a very emotional day. even for me, a canadian. now to look forward.

Sara January 21, 2009 at 7:36 AM  

what an amazing piece of history to catch and be a part of!

Elizabeth January 21, 2009 at 7:50 AM  

We are giddy and dazzled
and so terribly happy
my daughter thought the best bit was when they wheeled Cheyney away

Relyn Lawson January 21, 2009 at 8:55 AM  

That is an incredible piece of art. I love public and participatory art. I especially love the kinds of minds who think of these amazing projects.

Nancy Ewart January 21, 2009 at 9:41 AM  

I loved the part where the crowd sang "na-na-na-na good by!" to Bush as he departed. I was terrified that he and Cheney would pull some sort of coup at the last minute and remain in power. Of course, their "allies" are still in Washington DC and will do their damndest to destroy anything positive that Obama tries but I sure hope that he can prevail. The right-wing thieves have plundered the world long enough.

rochambeau January 22, 2009 at 6:00 AM  

This post makes me cry, again.
Thank you Tangobaby!
I'm still overcome with joy. It's still surreal!