Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Inauguration

Today as you all know, was the inauguration of our nation's first black president. A very historic day for the United States but also for the rest of the world. Today as our principal addressed our school she talked about what an important day it was and talked about racism and how this is part of the fight against it. Later at 9:00 our time they suspended classes for 4th grade and up, and we all crowded into our small library and watched as Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States. The internet wasn't very good so the live stream we were watching was stopping and starting so it was very hard for the non-english speakers to understand. Nonetheless they were clapping for him, and all stood for the national anthem.

After school we went to our landlady's house to pay our rent and she was watching the parade. She told us what an important day it was for the world and how happy everyone was. She also told us that this morning she was praying with her Virgen de Guadalupe (like the Mexican Virgin Mary) for Barack Obama's safety and hopes that he will be able to support the weight of the task, that as of today, has been placed upon his shoulders.

Today was a historic day for everyone.

3 comments:

Ms. Hayes said...

Posted by Aashay:

Theo you are right it was a very historic day especially for America and Kenya since that’s where Barack Obama’s father was born. We got to watch the inauguration with the other 4th grade classrooms. My teacher, Ms. Hayes, thinks I will be president some day. She calls me her “world leader”. Hope to hear back from you. Aashay Madhani

Angelique said...

Hi Nathan,
I am glad that you shared your experience with the inauguration. I have been interested in how the rest of the world reacted to the election of President Obama. Sometimes, it seems like really important moments happen in our lives or in the world and we don’t realize their importance until later. With this inauguration, I felt like EVERYONE all over the world was so aware of what an historic and great moment this was not only for the USA but for the entire world, right in the moment as it happened. I felt like it made the world's people closer. Thanks for sharing your thoughts…
Angelique

Ms. Hayes said...

Hi Nathan, Sorry about that. We thought we were responding to Theo. The class would LOVE to hear from you as well. Ms. Hayes