Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day 2009

Inauguration Day should be a holiday so we can all participate in the ceremonies. It would be impossible for everyone to come to Washington, DC, but there could be local celebrations. Today was the first day of classes of the Spring Semester at NJIT. The had a large TV screen set up in the campus ballroom for students, faculty and staff to watch the proceedings. I arrived at 11:45 and so the swearing in and Obama's speech. At 12:30 I ate lunch and then it was back to work. We can only hope for the best in the future. I think economically, we have hit bottom but a turnaround will not happen overnight.

I recalled the inauguration of John F. Kennedy 48 years ago today when I was in the 6th grade at PS 139 in Rego Park. We were talking about bringing in a portable TV so that we could watch the swearing in. It turned out that there was a big snow storm that day and school was cancelled so we could stay home and watch everything.

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