Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Thoughts on the Inauguration, Part 2

I was fortunate to be at one other inauguration--George W. Bush's first swearing-in in 2001. It was a snowy, slushy day, and a trek to get there by car, and changing Metro lines.
But it was moving and worth weathering the chill. I did not vote for him, nor have I been a fan of Mr. Bush's policies, and yet, I was so pleased to witness a cherished tradition of turning over the helm. How fantastic is it that we can make such a full and peaceful transition between administrations, without fear of some kind of mutiny or martial takeover? We take these peaceful transitions for granted. And they are a real sign of our healthy democratic system. Yesterday we saw the joy that can come with a transition, and the grace with which Mr. Bush left his post. The beauty of such a process is not lost.

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