The Democratic’s Party

oToday is a day for the history books. At 12:00pm Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be in DC right now, but the mood in North Carolina is absolutely electric. My band, The Beast just played a sold out show celebrating the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. and, well, the United States of America. The show was packed with ecstatic Obama supporters, many of whom played an important role in turning North Carolina into a blue state this year. Our show was one of hundreds of celebrations taking place here in NC and one of the tens of thousands of events taking place in the United States and internationally. I’ve been told that bars in DC will be open 24 hours all week. All week! Folk in the District have been taking full advantage of free performances from Bruce Springsteen, U2, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, as well as historic political readings from Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington and Queen Latifah and live telecasts from Oprah, CNN and MTV. Instead of being on the edge of their seats, it seems as if the world is out of their chairs and partying like it’s 1999 in preparation for this afternoon’s historic inauguration. While exact figures are uncertain, CNN reports that 1 million to 2 million attendees are expected for the inauguration, and tens of thousands of police officers, federal agents and National Guardsmen are being deployed in an unprecedented effort to ensure that the inauguration of the 44th president runs safely and smoothly. Also unprecedented is the reported $50 to $150 million budget for this year’s inauguration – the most expensive in history. I take solace in the knowledge that even in these harsh economic times, Americans still know how to splurge on a good party.

If you’re not too hung over, President Obama’s inauguration speech is at 12:05pm this afternoon. Don’t miss it!

2 Comments to ‘The Democratic’s Party’:

  1. Graeme on 20 Jan 2009 at 10:35 am: 1

    I listened to a podcast on the inauguration this morning abd one comment stood out:

    “I voted for Obama, sure. But is this as important that a 25 year old Martin Luther King organising the civil rights movement? No, it’s not.”

    I disagree. I think the answer should be “It could be, we don’t know yet.”

    From the UK, let me say this… Amercia, welcome back to the grown-ups table.

  2. Julie on 20 Jan 2009 at 4:50 pm: 2

    Obama is from a different generation, alot echoed in his speech.

    When he stood up on that podium today and said what he said, it was inspirational. Obama has alot on his plate and he’s ready to get a nation back on its feet, the remaking of America is important.

    For all those great black hero’s who came before him, those hero’s who are no longer with us who worked so hard for recognition and equality would agree today was a proud day for all the blood sweat and tears not only for African Americans but for all Americans who believe change can happen and not give up hope.

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Published on January 20, 2009 at 2:38 am. 2 Comments.
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