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A New Dawn (and Glimpses from the Inauguration)

“Are you able to watch the inauguration from work?” I type an IM to my son.

“Nah, I’ll have to catch some of it later,” he types back. He has victims to interview and briefs to prepare – it’s a normal day, not a holiday in his state.

I am glued to the screen. AdventureMan comes home and joins me, just in time for the swearing in and Inaugural address. WOW. Our new President is inspirational. He doesn’t tell us it is going to be easy. He says we are all going to have to work hard to turn things around. He reminds us that together, united – we can do it. Wow.

AdventureMan said what was most exciting to him was that we are celebrating 200 years of peaceful transition of power. The pendulum has swung right and left and center, administrations have changed, and by the Grace of God, it has happened peacefully.

Taking the oath of office:


Crowds watching in Kenya:

Inaugural speech:

An estimated 1.4 million Americans stood hours to watch Obama become President in temperatures below freezing:




Singing the national anthem:


Signing his first documents as the US President:

What? You thought I forgot? Here is the new dawn in Kuwait – a pearly morning, another great day in Kuwait. Thanks for your patience. 🙂


January 21, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Africa, Bureaucracy, Character, Community, ExPat Life, Interconnected, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Political Issues, Relationships, sunrise series | , ,


  1. I missed some of it.. I was out and came home, joined my dad 🙂 I am still not in the mood to post! I have things on my mind to blog about, but when I actually try to write… I freeze :-S hehehe

    Comment by Ansam | January 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. Good no-Bush morning 😀

    Comment by kinano | January 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. An interviewer on the BBC asked what, in my opinion, is one of the most puzzling of questions…. Are you happier that Bush is leaving, or that Obama is taking over?

    For me it’s the latter, but I did have to think about it for a second. Both are cause for a big celebration 🙂

    Comment by Bu Yousef | January 21, 2009 | Reply

  4. “Our new President is inspirational” …He is, to the whole world 🙂
    I felt a bit sad when I saw how age took its tole on George Bush… our hero 😛 But he seemes like he was enjoying the even 🙂

    Comment by noura | January 21, 2009 | Reply

  5. I meant George Bush Senior 😛

    Comment by noura | January 21, 2009 | Reply

  6. Dearest Ansam – We know whatever you are doing, you are doing what you are meant to be doing. When you are meant to be blogging, you will blog. This is extra-curricular, this is not life. Life trumps blogging any day, any time. 🙂 We are all thinking of you and happy to see you when you can be here.

    LLOOOLLL, Kinan. He is gone. We can afford to be gracious. 🙂

    Poor young George. Bu Yousef, giving him the benefit of the doubt, he is a good man, he meant well. He wanted to beat his Daddy, and he didn’t. His daddy had a lot of class, good manners, good upbringing. I think his daddy thought the wrong son was president. He just didn’t have what it took to be president, IMHO. My major concern is that greed has taken the surplus from the US treasury and turned it into a huge debit, the environment (and our childrens’ futures) have been endangered, all because of greed, arrogance, and a good-old-boys attitude.

    OOps. Maybe I am being too candid.

    Obama seems to me to have character and integrity. We shall see. Actions speak loudly in politics.

    Noura – I saw that too! I was wondering how he could be so jovial, at the inauguration of his son’s successor! He looked like he was having a GREAT time, even with the hip problem – you know he celebrated his 80th BD by jumping out of a plane and parachuting to the ground?? Did you know he and Bill Clinton have become good friends? I love it – anything is possible.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 21, 2009 | Reply

  7. It’s amazing who you can be friends with if you put politics aside. Having grown up in the Washington DC area during the turbulent 60’s and 70’s, where politics etc were our local news, I was incredibly moved at the inauguration ceremony. I found it particularly moving that it occurred so close to Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Truly a movement begun reluctantly by him has come to fruition. I have many African American friends and mentors from my school days that I would love to see today to share in their pride and amazement that they were able to this come to pass in their lifetime. One of them was a Tuskegee airman, several had had crosses burned in their yards by KKK members. And yet, this is not about a Black man but about a good man with a vision. I pray that he has what it takes to bring out the good and selflessness so need in the US to pick us up and get us strong again.

    Comment by momcat | January 21, 2009 | Reply

  8. Did you watch yesterday’s prayer service, Momcat? I almost wept, it was so beautiful, people from all religions praying together for the fate of the nation, so POWERFUL. I think our military experiences have colored our view toward diversity – when people count on one another for their lives, what’s on the outside counts for nothing compared to what is on the inside. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 22, 2009 | Reply

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