Kind of busy today- had to return the rental car, had a bunch of work, and then the festivities of the inauguration.
It’s kind of weird in that four years ago, this day was such a big day for me, and this time around, it’s just a sense of relief that we as a nation had the good sense to send a good man back to the White House. And while everyone was spending time talking about Michelle’s attire (I loved her jacket), what really hit me was looking at the kids. They were just middle school kids in 2008, but now you can see them both blossoming into beautiful adults. Malia is going to be supermodel beautiful, and reminds me of Hermione in Harry Potter when you just knew she would grow up to be beautiful. Sasha is the one I love, though, and you just know she is the ornery one. Every time the camera was on her she was fidgeting or giggling or pulling at her clothes- just adorable.
At one point, after they walked the parade route, the entire Obama family was under the heated review pavilion, and the whole family was sitting in a row under the watchful view of the cameras, and it just cracked me up because they are the most normal damned family ever. The girls were giggling and taking pictures of mom on the cellphone, mom was just doting on the kids and making sure they behaved in public, and dad was paying attention to his blackberry and occasionally look up and would smile when they pestered him enough. This is the face of America. The only thing missing was Bo taking an untimely dump on the promenade, and it could have been any family in America.
And it brought a tear to the jaded eye of this grumpy old man.
BTW- every time I see Jill Biden I know why crazy uncle Joe smiles so much.