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R / January 19, 2009 12:36 AM

My office will be showing it on the TV in a meeting room, but it seems awkward to show up for just a few sanctioned minutes--I'm going to try to stream it online from my desk.

Baldeesh / January 19, 2009 3:02 AM

Yep, though I haven't figured out exactly where just yet. I'm hoping my hostel in Edinburgh won't mind if I take over the TV for an afternoon.

shechemist / January 19, 2009 8:34 AM

I'm home tomorrow so we will be watching it.

Leelah / January 19, 2009 9:11 AM

We're actually showing it in the school's auditorium.

madachode / January 19, 2009 10:05 AM

The Inauguration is not a Super Bowl party, it is a tradition for this country. I'd like to know if the tax payers are paying for this ridiculous spectical and how much "Change" is coming out of the Democratic Party's pockets to actually make a difference. Change starts from the beginning, not the start of some propped up grandstanding individual holding Lincoln's book. Baldeesh, stay in Edinburgh, we never needed to know where you are at anyway.

Dubi / January 19, 2009 10:27 AM

During the day, I will be going to a grade school in the suburbs to take photos of the kids and obamafy them for a fundraiser.

Adam / January 19, 2009 10:29 AM

I'll probably be streaming it at my desk, since there's no organized office viewing. And I would be GOING to a party later if I (and every other musician I know) wasn't already PLAYING at a party. I really don't recall this good of an atmosphere the last few times, do you?!

michi / January 19, 2009 10:56 AM

Celebrating vicariously through family in DC - but remembering DR MLK's comments about the election of Carl Stokes (as Cleveland's first black mayor). Let's focus on the eradication of poverty, and the larger dream, instead of getting stuck on "black faces in high places." We have to help Obama, or we will get nothing but status quo.

Mucky Fingers / January 19, 2009 11:07 AM

I will be watching Fox News tomorrow night to gleefully watch Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck re-cap the inauguration through clenched teeth and squinted eyes.

Cheryl / January 19, 2009 11:20 AM

Laughing Liberally is doing a show tonight to mark the last day that buffoon is in office. It's at Quennect 4 Gallery- 2716 W North Ave 8pm, $5

W / January 19, 2009 2:15 PM

Yup - I'll be watching it live standing outside the Capitol building. Wearing lots of thermal underwear....

Brian / January 19, 2009 8:14 PM

Unfortunately, at 11:01am CST (12:01pm EST) I'll be on a Metra out to the suburbs for a meeting. But I'll take a big, deep breath knowing that George W. Bush is no longer the decider, and Barack Obama is taking the oath of office.

Cinnamon / January 20, 2009 12:06 AM

I'll be postponing a weekly meeting and expecting my team to stream the event from their desks if they're interested. Unless this lingering cold actually hits. Then I'll be sniffling and watching it at home.

Gaigen / January 20, 2009 9:17 AM

I'm going over to madachode's place to brood and grumble underneath a bare lightbulb then wonder why this "celebration" is any different than the ones that went on during Bush, Bush again, Clinton, Bush Sr., Reagan...

eee / January 20, 2009 12:26 PM

I listened to it on a radio at my desk. No commentators to interrupt, no media slant in either direction. Just the swearing in and speech, then back to work.

Andrew / January 20, 2009 12:46 PM

Now that it's over (other than the parade, etc.) what did you think?

jj / January 20, 2009 2:36 PM

My boss ordered pizza and the whole staff watched it together.

Gaigen / January 20, 2009 3:06 PM

Liked his speech (a little pedestrian, but hit the right points), the poem was kinda weak (although that might have had more to do with delivery than anything else), and still trying to figure out that f*cked up beginning to the swearing-in. What was up with that? I predict that some still-disgruntled Obama hater will use that as the basis of a lawsuit ("He didn't say the oath correctly... now according to Item 2, line 57 of the Presidential Oath bylaws, an oath NOT said correctly nullifies the...")

fluffy / January 20, 2009 8:15 PM

I'm in Texas, and work at an air force base. We always have the TV on. No one watched it, other than me. One co-worker asked me if he placed his hand on the bible or the Koran. She said she heard that he refused to use the bible. I am not kidding. I'm in hell. I can't wait to move back to Chicago.

spook / January 20, 2009 9:03 PM

Wowie, Zowie,
michi! That was some bold truth telling there
young-un. I like your style!

Carrie / January 20, 2009 10:27 PM

Watched it with my mom, sister, sister's bf, and friend. I cried a lot and smiled a lot. I thought his speech was great and to the point. Michelle looked so proud, which made me tear up again. The girls were dolls. For me, today was a great day.

Fluffy, if it helps, the new girl at work said she voted for McCain because she heard that Obama is the anti-christ. That kind of made the table go silent and I let my boss handle the 'new-topic' transition. (I'm sure Mr. M -that's your cats name, right- will be excited to get back to Chicago, too. He's sick of having big Texas fur, as he calls his new hairdo)

Spook / January 21, 2009 8:51 AM


do we need some sort of security clearence to ask what in tarnations are you and Mr. M doing at a Texas
Air Force base?

fluffy / January 21, 2009 7:40 PM

er, um, we're working on a project. yeah, that's it! Mr. M now has to live with 2 gigantic and strange cats. He's making their lives miserable. I think it's the panther in him.

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