I saw the simple ceremony where Obama took the Oath of Office on Sunday.
"I did it!" he told his youngest daughter and they hugged. Michele gave him a kiss and his oldest daughter was obviously proud of him. If I was being inaugurated as President I would think that this was enough.
Didn't he think to say, "Enough! I have hostages in Algeria who are dead and money problems to solve, I don't need a whole day of parades and balls." He will have to wear a fancy suit and shake lots of hands. Then I guess Tuesday he will get back to solving the big problems.
I shouldn't begrudge him this HoopLa. Maybe it is good for the country to spend all this money and give a big party for the new King...err...president. He won. I get it. I am proud of him and I need him to do well. I just think everyone would have respected him more if he had let this simple ceremony on Sunday be enough.
I would have liked to see him give his speech from the White House and over the airways on Monday, then take the rest of the day off in honor of Martin Luther King. Wouldn't it have been amazing if he took all the money saved and put it towards paying off the National Debt? It would have been a drop in the bucket but it would have been so symbolic. I know people who don't accept their tax refund and want the goverment to keep it.
I think goverment is for solving problems and taking care of us. On this big Ceremonial Day I feel kind of abandoned, like a child who wants to play with his Dad and instead has to watch him get all dressed up and go out for a party. I know parties are important. Maybe I am just a little jealous. I know he and Michele will look great and have fun.