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Then: Segregation

Now: Inauguration

Just as I will always remember where I was the moment I heard that John F. Kennedy had been shot, the meeting where Khrushchev pounded his shoe on the table, the exact second the Challenger blew up, watching the first man walk on the moon, the assasination of Martin Luther King followed too soon by that of Robert Kennedy, the day John Lennon was murdered, the day Elvis died, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the night the Beatles sang "Let Me Hold Your Hand" on the Ed Sullivan show, I'll always remember where I was on January 20, 2009, the day the first African American was inaugurated as President of the United States.  

I was in Nashville celebrating my 30th anniversary and trying to stay warm.  

I bet you'll always remember what you were doing.



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      Justjer wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • I was pretty much glued to my TV set, and as much coverage as there was (and there was A LOT)I did not tire of watching.  How refreshing to again have a pervasive feeling of peace and hope for this country and the world.  I think that no matter what follows, that feeling will be remembered, and cherished. And to you, Janie, a very Happy Anniversary. Nice gift to warm you up, huh?
      Jer



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      Mz. Queen wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • At the moment President Obama was swearing in I was boarding the Metro in Virginia heading to Washington to see the Parade.  That’s how much I’ll remember where I was. What a day it was for me anyway. I was there!!

      47nwiser



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      Sylvia wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • On Jan. 20, 2009 I watched what I never thought I would live
      long enough to see—A BLACK MAN PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A.
      In 1943 I was in Texas and Blacks were not allowed to drink
      from the same water faucets as whites or ride in the front
      of the bus. This is a much better world now.
      Sylvia



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      Leadinladytracy wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • I was home with two of my friends, my husband and son. We were drinking champagne to celebrate and crying tears of joy!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • Justjer - I was glued to the TV in our hotel room.  How could one not be?

      47- What a thrill to have been there!

      Sylvia - You’ve really seen it all, haven’t you?

      Tracy - I cried, too.  Wonderful tears of joy.

      Mrslorid - Ditto on my comment to Tracy.

      Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments.
      Janie



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      Lindao wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • I watched the inauguration on TV, Janie.  I had to take my husband to the airport for an early flight, so I’d set my TiVo to record in case I wasn’t back in time to watch.  Fortunately, I was.  President Obama is definitely the symbol of change and hope in trying times! —LindaO



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      L. Denise Jackson wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • I was at the Willard Hotel very close to the corner they turned on the parade route so we had two changes to see everything.  I was helping our Marketing Manager with our company event and was trying to keep my composure and check on my mother in NJ (who cried every time I called her) as well as making sure my nephews watched the TV.  

      I enjoyed history with my woman who works from me from Pakistan, my Director who is an African American woman, my VP who is a woman, another Executive VP who I just met that day who is a woman, and a few colleagues whom I work closely with who are also African American women and my ex-Director who has allowed me to be who I am in the office to get the work done.  I thoroughly was grateful to witness history with people who could appreciate the event since I could not be with my mother.  Our Marketing Manager Michelle, made sure I was inside and watching TV during the swearing in and speech!

      It was a glorious air!

      L. Denise



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      Inakika wrote Jan 26, 2009
    • I too was glued to my TV set, tears running down my face. Never did I think that in my lifetime I would be a witness to history.



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      Jenz ~ wrote Jan 26, 2009
    • I was sick as a dog in bed that day but was glued to the TV from 7 a.m. through the entire day & night wishing I was doing some major press photography that day.

       Of all times to get sick. GRRRR  

      A very moving/memorable day indeed.



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      Mksactown wrote Jan 26, 2009
    • I was home sick as well...well, not as sick as just really tired from not sleeping well the night before, so I stayed home from work...but I watched it while on the couch, bundled up in my blanket and thinking “I’m witnessing a major historical moment here” and then I started crying as well. WOW...what a GREAT day!! I WISH I WAS THERE!!!!!



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      Tinaf wrote Jan 28, 2009
    • Watching President Obama being sworn in, I found myself thinking of all the people I wished were still alive to share in the moment, people from history and from my own life.  It was an amazing event.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Jan 29, 2009
    • Linda - I think things are about to change.

      Denise- You are so lucky that you got to witness it first hand.

      Inakika - I felt the same as you.

      Jenz - I hope you are feeling better

      Mksactown -You, too.

      Tina - I know what you mean.  I was thinking the same thing.

      Thanks for your comments.
      Janie



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      Djd258 wrote Jan 29, 2009
    • You‘re not going to believe this... It was on in the hospital in the break room, but I missed it!!



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