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Sloped off to the pub at 16:55 this afternoon with people from work to watch the inauguration, due at 17:00 London time.

The pub was pretty full (very unusual for a Tuesday afternoon) and the TV already turned to the inauguration. Everyone was watching.

Obama was sworn in and the whole pub (including the lawyers) clapped and cheered. None of us were American.

Obama's speech was watched with rapt attention and approving murmurs - the nod to non-believers (bunch of Godless Brits), the reference to science, the message (obvious but not explicit) that extraordinary rendition and internment must stop, the call to those who use violence to open their fists. Oh, and a ripple of amusement at the past reference (non-specific but obviously to the Founding Fathers) to the enemy at the gate, on the basis that the enemy in those days had been, er, us. *g*

Afterwards, general agreement that it had been a very impressive performance, not making light of the problems and acknowledging the difficulties ahead but most of all giving a sense of hope, of change. For the better.

Oh, and that Michelle looked lovely and had Bill (Clinton) been trying to peer down her dress! (Clinton remains very popular in Britain, BTW, so it was said with a wry acknowledgment of his foibles). Also, that Obama remains rather fanciable. *g*

Congratulations America on your new President.

Date: 20 January 2009 20:34 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jacquez.livejournal.com
...oh, *Bill*.

Date: 20 January 2009 20:41 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
*g* Yeah, but I don't think any of us thought that he actually was trying to peer down Michelle's dress (think it was just the camera angle). It's just that because he's who he is, he might have been...

Date: 20 January 2009 23:35 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raincitygirl.livejournal.com
the call to those who use violence to open their fists. Oh, and a ripple of amusement at the past reference (non-specific but obviously to the Founding Fathers) to the enemy at the gate, on the basis that the enemy in those days had been, er, us. *g*


Snicker. I hadn't thought of it that way.

BTW, very, very little got done at the office this morning during the inauguration (hey, it was morning for us, even if it was evening for you guys and early afternoon back East). My boss's boss actually came to get me and remind me that it was on so I didn't miss anything. I figured if the big boss was actively encouraging it (and playing the show on the television in his office for everybody), it couldn't really be considered abuse of work time.

Date: 21 January 2009 01:59 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filenotch.livejournal.com
Man.

Just.

Man.

Something in my eye there.

Date: 21 January 2009 16:39 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keletkezes.livejournal.com
that Obama remains rather fanciable

Yes, he's quite unusual, as I can't recollect saying 'Well, he's a nice looking man (too)' about any former US President...

OT to this...

Date: 25 January 2009 17:50 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olympia-m.livejournal.com
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

I hope you have a fantastic day and that the year brings you everything you want!!!!

Date: 26 January 2009 18:17 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] libitina
Happy Birthday! Though I hear it was, so yay!

Date: 26 January 2009 21:35 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akaspeedo.livejournal.com
I managed to somehow miss this post and just miss your birthday. I hope you had a wonderful day.

As for Obama, I keep pinching myself.

Date: 8 February 2009 03:42 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isosarei.livejournal.com
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and memories of that day! I remember specifically wondering how British and British-Americans felt when they heard that reference, and am relieved to hear the reaction among your coworkers was one of mild amusement.
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