Steven Harper (stevenharper) wrote,
Steven Harper

But these cuts I have, they need love to help them heal

The first inauguration I remember watching was George H.W. Bush in 1989. I was in second grade. Our teacher brought in a crappy 13-inch black-and-white TV with an antenna so we could watch it. (Knowing what I know now, I seriously doubt she voted for him, but I suppose it was important to her for us to watch the process.)

Next, of course, was Clinton's first in 1993. I didn't see it live, but I vaguely remember watching highlights on Channel One. (Anyone remember that?)

Clinton's second in 1997 was on MLK Day, so I would have been home from school, but I don't remember watching it. I probably did, though.

For George W. Bush in 2001, that was on a Saturday. I was a sophomore in college. Again, I probably watched it, but I don't really recall.

GWB's second in 2005, I was in grad school (round one). I may have been in class at the time. No distinct memories.

For Obama's first in 2009, I watched the whole thing. I was filled with all the hope he had inspired. I felt happy to watch it.

Obama's second in 2013, I wasn't quite as happy but still enjoyed watching it.

And then... I know many people refused to watch the inauguration this year. I was of a divided mind myself. I decided what I would do was not watch the swearing-in or the speech, but I would watch everything from the luncheon onward. I don't regret my decision, but I think it goes without saying that I was not filled with any of the hope I had eight years ago. I am still having a bit of a time wrapping my head around this whole thing. I'm just hoping if I do another recap like this in 2021 that things will be different.
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