Inaugural celebration at Asheville Pizza & Brewing There is no other place I’d rather be…
Right here, right now, watching the world wake up to history.

Or something like that.

Please pardon the early 90s mediocre music flashback. But y’all, this is indeed a historic day. This is one of those days you remember. You remember where you were, what you were wearing, what the weather was like, what was going on around you. And it isn’t simply because we just overcame our own ugly history to elect our first African-American president. It’s because for the first time in far, far too long, we’ve elected a person who is articulate, intelligent, well educated, decisive, willing to ignore party lines for the greater good, willing to roll up his sleeves and work hard, and by FSM, he is a grown-up. We need an actual adult leading this country. And best of all, Barrack Obama has brought a feeling of hope back to this country. We haven’t had that in so very long, and we need it now more than ever.

All over this country, all over the world people stopped what they were doing for a while, and celebrated that sense of hope. I was at work today. My friend and I sat in the hospital cafeteria, huddled around one of the two wide-screen TV’s along with a huge crowd of other employees, and watched the swearing in and Obama’s speech. He spoke to near silence, because everyone was listening. When it was over, everyone cheered and applauded. I cried! The last time I cried at work, the second plane hit the second tower and there was no way I could tell myself it was an accident. I remember what I was wearing that time too. I very much prefer today’s tears, and today’s memories.

BTW, the pic above is from Asheville Pizza & Brewing, a really nifty combination pizza place and movie theater. They opened early today to show the inauguration. See more pics from the Asheville celebrations on The Mountain XPress gallery :)

Written by Ally Blue

Ally is a rich and famous author of hot gay manlove. She travels the world in her private jet, being waited on hand and foot by her team of pretty young men who bring her umbrella drinks and make out for her pleasure . . . Okay, so that's her dream life. Her novels of Manlove & Angst are mostly written in her living room, in between working at the Evil Day Job and doing Mom Stuff. Oh, the glamorous life of an author!
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"Right here, right now" by Ally Blue was published on January 20th, 2009 and is listed in Ally Blue.

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Comments on "Right here, right now": 3 Comments

  1. Sage wrote,

    For the first time in twenty five years, I broke with family tradition and voted Democrat (from a LONG line of Republicans). I could feel my mamma roll over in her grave as I marked the Obama box, but when I did, hope filled my heart for the first time in years. I can smell the winds of change coming…

    On another note, my husband still voted Republican (the deciding factor was the abortion issue). Though he agreed that Obama was the better of the two, he, in good concious, couldn’t vote for a man who was pro-abortion.

    Yet, as we watched all the hoopla yesterday, both of us agreed that this was the best thing for our country. And once again we were totally amazed to watch history unfold before our eyes.

    Them winds of change smell awfully good….

  2. Jules wrote,

    His intelligence and intellectual curiosity (as General Powell so eloquently put it) are certainly refreshing, and I look forward to seeing what happens.

    Also, there was snow on the ground for the first time in two years (I love snow) and I got a snow-day from school to stay home in my comfy clothes and watch the proceedings. :)

  3. Ally Blue wrote,

    What gives me probably the most sense of hope of all is how the whole country — heck, the whole world — celebrated together. How everyone stopped and paid attention, just for that short space of time. It brought us all together, and anything that can do something that huge for a little while has the power to start a permanent change. That’s a wonderful thought :)

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