Monday, January 19, 2009

I Have to Wonder

Let me save you guys the trouble... if you already know my politics and don't agree - you might want to skip this post... although - I'm not bashing anything... just stating my opinion... which you are entitled to not agree with - so long as you realize that I'm just as entitled to have it. :-)

I walked into the office this morning to find this sitting in my email inbox:

Democracy is an unparalleled vehicle for change. Our country’s democratic process allows for the planned, people-driven transition of leadership of our country from one President of the United States to the next. This transfer of leadership begins with each new President’s Inauguration Ceremony. While any Presidential Inauguration Ceremony is an important event in the course of our country’s history, this year’s ceremony is especially significant. For the first time in our nation’s history, an African-American man will be inaugurated and assume the office of President of the United States of America.

Barack Obama, the forty-fourth President of the United States of America will be inaugurated on January 20, 2009. The live Inauguration Ceremony will be broadcast by television and over the Internet on Tuesday morning beginning at approximately 11:00am CST.

Staff assigned to, or visiting, the Bissonnet Street location on the morning of January 20th are invited to join us in the Board Room where we will view the Inauguration Ceremony as a family. Directors, please arrange for as many of your staff members as possible to be able to attend.

The entire world will be witnessing this great occasion in the history of the United States. We as Americans have a responsibility to not only watch ourselves but to also ensure that all those within the scope of influence are watching as well.

Senior citizens who never thought that they’d live to see this day should be watching together in groups wherever possible to witness and reflect upon how far we have come.

Adults who are caught in the maelstrom of current financial, political, and social crises and who will be immediately impacted by this transfer of leadership should be watching in groups so that they can be formally invited to stay informed and to do their part to help themselves, their communities, and our country to get through these difficult times.

Children in classrooms should be watching as the world that they will inherit changes forever. The significance of the day should be explained to them and every effort should be made to ensure that “Barack Obama’s Inauguration Ceremony” is a memory that they will keep for a lifetime.

If you, as a site manager, have not already made arrangements for the Inauguration Ceremony to be viewed at your location, then please do so as quickly as possible. If you will require assistance from Facilities or IT staff, please contact them immediately.

Please join us in witnessing this unprecedented event.

I had to first, fight my initial urge to vomit... but really - can I just say that this isn't at all about the fact that I'm less than excited about our new president. It really has nothing to do with that at all.

I wish the president-elect well, and hope that tomorrow is everything he's dreamed of for himself, the people that have supported him, and his family. I pray that he can lead our nation to put aside some of our differences and come together to make things better, but I know that it won't be all of his making when that happens. God will be leading the healing and rebuilding of our nation - so long as we don't allow people to cut him out of our government entirely.

What I am so unbelievably tired of hearing about is how historic the day will be... yes, we elected a black man to be our president and it's the first time... which is a great thing and I'm not making light of that fact. (I do not believe that the response would be the same at my office in particular if he were a conservative republican though.)

BUT don't we realize that anytime we inaugurate a new president - it's a historic day.

If McCain/Palin had won - it would have been a historic moment for women - as she would have been our first female vice president, but I have to wonder... would we be hearing the same things in the news? I think not... and I doubt that they'd be making such an effort to have our staff watch the ceremony.

I know that I have readers out there that will disagree with me, but I just wish someone would wake me up when it's over. Honestly... I am a huge fan of the man that is leaving the office, and I know that is an unpopular opinion - which I own and am alright with... but you know what? I never watched his inaugural speeches either...

So when I am respectfully sitting in my cubicle tomorrow working while everyone else is in the conference room watching the ceremony... how will they treat me? Hopefully with as much respect as I will give them to exercise their right to be excited and entertained by their new president.