A day full of hope and change


Last night on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow said her goodbye to former President Bush. (God, that feels so good.) She also gave a shout-out to our brother site, AfterElton.com, while discussing the controversy over HBO cutting off openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson in his prayer as part of the inaugural week in Washington yesterday:


Personally, one of my favorite moments from the inauguration in general was Maddow’s comments on George Bush Sr., who her fellow commentators noted looked “old” as he shuffled down the stairs slowly to attend the ceremony. Maddow responded: “Maybe he’s just bundled up for the cold. I walk like that when I’m cold, too.”

Obama’s speech was a lot about responsibility, and how we all, as American citizens, have personal responsibility. We can’t expect one person to clean up the huge mess we have on our hands. You can watch the speech in its entirety below or read the transcript.


The excitement of today has been felt all over the world, and here are what some in the blogosphere have had to say about the occasion of putting our 44th President of the United States of America in his rightful place today:

As Bush’s helicopter took off, the crowd sang “Hey Hey Hey Goodbye.” — Jennifer Vanasco (365gay.com)

Nearby, a family poses for a photo. Instead of “cheese” they all yell “change!” — Erica Anderson (MTV News)

Here’s our new president … he delivers a reality-based speech instead of Bush self-delusional pablum. — Pam Spaulding (Pam’s House Blend)

Like a lot of people, I was concerned about the invocation — and while I publicly asked for people to give it time, I was on the inside pretty worried that there would be some subtle references to abortion or same-sex marriage. However, what we got was something entirely different — a completely generic Christian prayer. — PoliticalPirate (DailyKos.com)

I was struck by the fact that people were ready to be moved, not only by citations of, but calls to American greatness. So much discussion of the challenges we face, the difficulties, of the things we have done that we should not have done. But people cheered, these challenges will be met. — Rachel Maddow (MSNBC)

What was your favorite moment from the inauguration?

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