I love the whole inauguration ceremony. I think it's pretty damn powerful - proof of our freedom and our democracy. The President of the United States is arguably the most powerful man in the free world, and yet this position can change hands peacefully. Even after the bitter lies and mudslinging of this most recent election, things work out calmly and peacefully in the end.
However, I do have to feel uneasy about so much pomp and circumstance when we're at war. No reason to hold off on an election unless the US itself was being invaded, but when people are dying left and right overseas, why blow so much money into balloons and confetti? And since this is his second go-around, it doesn't seem to be as important as a newly crowned leader's celebration. ::shrugs::
I personally would have liked to have seen a more minimalistic celebration. Kind of quiet and dignified...sure, have the bands march down the street and all, but cut some costs and send the cash over to the tsunami survivors or the soldiers over in the Middle East. No need for NINE formal balls all in one night. =P
Current Mood: pensive
Current Music: Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams