Watching the Inauguration

I have a few computer-based jobs this afternoon, so I’ll pretend to do them while watching the inauguration.

The BBC’s Obama montages are practically making themselves – the guy looks presidential just standing still. I’m looking forward to the speech.

Update later:

That was fun. I liked that the BBC reporters couldn’t help but get caught up in the atmosphere, and it all got quite exciting.

The i-hate-gay-people religious chappie was pretty annoying, but I enjoyed watching my twitter timeline fill up with sarcastic comments. As one of them pointed out, his speech was the usual schtick of giving deities credit for the work of man. Obama and his team pulled off a hell of a win, but apparently it was all god’s doing. Whatever.

Happily, Obama’s speech more than made up for it. I thought it was impressively not-simplistic, even in the sentence construction – you had to pay attention to fully catch the meaning of many rhetorical flourishes. Modern political speeches are often full of short, basic sentences, so that was refreshing.

And I doubt it was deliberate, but the sun glinting off his newly-installed presidential lapel pin was Proper Hollywood.

I obviously liked the promise to “restore science to its rightful place”, and this has gone down well on plenty of my favourite blogs. But this was little compared to the later reference to America being a land of “Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and…” – I’d heard him say this before, and was really, really hoping he’d do it again – “non-believers”. Spec. Tacular. Atheists were for once recognised as valid people in the US political process, and in front of George “I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens” Bush Sr, too.

Then came another religious dude who spectacularly missed the point of the speech by praying for god to fix everything for us. Sigh. Still, despite the unfortunate religious sandwiching, the meat was fulfilling.

I’m a fan of soaring oratory and grand ideals. Cynics will be, well, cynical, but I don’t care. It’s worth hoping.