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Inauguration Envy
January 20, 2009, 3:30 am
Filed under: Obama

It’s inauguration Eve today and I’ve been sitting on my couch all day watching the Pre-Inaugural events. It was really depressing for a few reasons.

First of all, after experiencing what it’s like to live in the District and work in a newsroom in the biggest and busiest news city in the world, I know that the journalism field is something I want to do for the rest of my life. It’s not just a chosen idea of what I think I would like my future to look like, I KNOW that journalism is for me. Now that’s not to say that I know I’ll be good at it…that’s another issue.

What I love about journalism is that journalists are trained to defy a basic human instinct and run away from trouble and fire. Instead, journalists serve the people by running to the scene of the event, fighting to get an accurate account of what happened. When the twin towers were hit on 9/11 and devastation took over New York City, firefighters, police men and journalists were the only ones running towards the devastated ruins as the rest of the city ran away. Now here I am, in West Palm Beach Florida, defying the basic instinct I was trained to develop, by staying put. Watching the events take place in DC, without any hope of running towards it, is hard to handle.

What also makes it hard is that all the coverage of the events are taking place at the National Mall, the steps of the Lincoln memorial, in front of the Capitol or even, in one case, on the roof of the Newseum. These are locations that I used to walk by on almost a daily basis and it’s hard to watch huge National events take place right down the street from the place you used to call home.

And what’s hardest is that I’m missing out on all the optimism. DC is excited and I can’t be there to take part in the celebrations.

All that aside, I still have the highest of hopes for tomorrow’s events. One commentator called Jan. 20th, 2009 “Victory in Washington Day.” I would even go so far as to include that tomorrow could arguably be called Victory in America day. Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, tomorrow is about democracy and transition. There is a lot of hope and idealism that comes with any Inauguration and for the time being, for just one night, there is celebration for an incoming administration.

Happy Inauguration Day! Tomorrow will be another where-where-you-when-this-happened moment that will go down in history and I hope that you all take a minute aside to watch!

Don’t worry, we’ll talk about what Michelle wore tomorrow 😉


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Mitzi, two things:

1) I loved this so much, that I stole part of it for my blog. With complete attribution, of course. I miss DC so much and am only now realizing how much my experiences there have affected me. All this inauguration coverage has hit me with that fact hard.

2) Of course you’ll be good at journalism. In fact, you’re already good at it! And I’m being 100% serious, not just a good friend. (Because we both know I’m nothing if not terribly honest.)

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