The Obama Inauguration: Get a Piece of history

The excitement in the air is almost tangible.    On Jan 20,  2009,  Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.    For me, his presidential campaign was remarkable not just because he was making history as the first black president but because he generated a feeling which had been missing in American politics for a long long time.  Hope.  Belief in the Power of One.  The idea that we can bring about change.  

inaugural-pigObama mania shows no sign of abating.   It seems as if everyone wants to get a piece of history.   The Inaugural Collectibles Online Store is doing extremely well,  selling everything from fleece jackets and onesies to champagne glases and bronze medallions.   For me,  the best of the bunch is the cute transparent blue piggy bank with the 2009 Inaugural Seal.    Your kid will outgrow the clothes or might not appreciate the commemorative coins but this piggy bag will,  I am sure,  stand the test of time.  It is a great opportunity to remind the younger generation that on this day,  a man was sworn into the highest position of this land,  swept into office largely because of the grassroots support he and his supporters were able to generate.   The Obama campaign was an overwhelming success on all fronts:  from the numbers of new votes it was able to enlist to the number of small donors who enabled him to become the  first major-party candidate since the system was created to reject taxpayers’ money for the general election.   Yes,  one vote,  one dollar can make a difference.  

Let this be start of something new. 

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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