January 21, 2009

Reflections on other inaugurations

Yesterday was a memorable day, reflecting upon other inaugural scenes.

January 20, 1969, I was in school in Washington, D.C. We walked from our campus to the Capitol grounds, then down Pennsylvania Avenue to watch Nixon's inaugural parade. Caught a glimpse of Tricia Nixon's blonde hair in the limo as they passed by.

January 20, 1973, was a Hooray-We-Don't-Have-to-Go-to-Work Day. A blank in my mind. This was Watergate Era. I lived in metropolitian Washington during Nixon's terms. As a history teacher, it was a great place to live and work, to see political history in the making.

January 20, 1977, my mother and I, with a newborn daughter on my lap, watched Carter's inauguration. He quoted Micah 6:8: "
He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God" He walked down Pennsylvania Avenue with his wife Rosalynn, and daughter Amy dancing at his side. A humble President for the People.

Obama said humbly at the luncheon speech (don't have the exact words), "It's not about me. It is about the American people." We are bonded together.

3 comments:

Rebecca said...

What a great pic Betty! And great memory! The newborn caught me eye but then I realized there was also a cat on your lap! How sweet! You know your stories always bring a smile to my face and my heart!

Sarah said...

Love your stories, Girlie! And your "vintage" photo is awesome!! :-)
Oh...and by the way: I have "challenged" you! The details are on my blog- I think you will be perfect for this one: for your great stories and your pictures, of course! This one is made for you!! :-)

Sarah said...

I have to add to this: Betty- you're not vintage, only the photo is! At least I thought vintage was the word I was looking for. Maybe retro is what I meant. I think CRS has a hold of my brain again. So who is actually the vintage one of us, I wonder, lol! At any rate- I love the pic. Makes me think it would be fun to get some pics of me from the 60's to post. Wow-wouldn't that be a hoot?!