One Year Ago Today....

Canada
January 20, 2010 1:18am CST
...President Barack Obama was inaugurated. My husband and I were sitting at home in our living room with a bottle of champagne that we had received for Christmas from a friend of ours. it was really good, and we were saving it for a special occasion. Where were you when Obama was inaugurated? Were you as happy as we were to see him as President? What were you doing at that moment?
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
20 Jan 10
I didn't sit and sip champaign when Harper was elected. Why? Not because I didn't like him (though he is a globalist/elitist) but because it wasn't my country. I won't begrudge you your moment of elation or anything, I just can't understand what possible great signifigance it was for Canada that Obama was elected, so much so that people were sipping champaign over it (in the middle of the day?) and celebrating it. I was where I would normaly be, I had work to do and money to make, My wallet wasn't going to start filling itself just because Obama was elected. Besides, I didn't vote for him, I didn't see it as a reason to celebrate, though I wouldn't have been sipping champaign if my guy (Baldwin) had won either, the world and life doesn't stop for me every time we hire a new CEO to put in the white house.
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@amanda08 (647)
• United States
21 Jan 10
It was not only significant for the United States and Canada, but to the world.... it is sad you do not understand that.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
21 Jan 10
Ok amanda, please, do tell, why is this so signifigant to the rest of the world? If the other nations of the world are pinning their hopes on our elected servants, then perhaps there are serious issues in their own nations that they really need to be adressing rather than hoping for our president to do something about it. He was elected by the people of THIS nation to serve THIS nation. what uis sad is that so many people are pinning hope on one man in a limited position. He is a man, only a man. He isn't a savior or a god.
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
20 Jan 10
I watched some of the inauguration on TV. Generally I, like so many other people this side of the Atlantic, was very pleased to see the back of Bush and his war mongering. I am sorry to see that Obama has not turned out to be what was hoped for. The Massachsetts election result ought to be a huge wake up call to him. This one loss will almost certainly cost him the health reforms that the US so badly needs; and will also result in making life so much the harder to get anything else of importance through.
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
20 Jan 10
That should be Massachusetts.
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@amanda08 (647)
• United States
21 Jan 10
I think that people are not giving him enough time to work through all of the United States problems- people are expecting too much too soon. And we should be thankful that McCain didn't get it-- yes he is a veteran, but he is trigger happy and not to be rude but all I could think about was what if he has a heart attack and we get stuck with Sarah Palin? (whom by the way knows NOTHING about our country or the world)... then where would we be?.... I am very respectful of our current president, just like I was with President Bush, although I was not much of a fan of his. I do think that we the people voted, and whomever wins should be respected. Sorry, I am not trying to be mean, and really I am not even pointing this comment to you in general, I just get so tired of hearing everyone give him so little respect (not you, but ALOT of other people!!). Happy MyLotting. :)
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
20 Jan 10
I was at work and came home to watch the reruns then continued to watch as they went from ball to ball in the evening.....all the while thinking how extremely tired they must be!
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• United States
20 Jan 10
I was at home watching it on TV. I did see and understand the historical importance of the situation but I was a little heartbroken. I busted my butt with the campaign I volunteered for (No, not McCain's) and I was sad to see all the hard work not pay off. But I am sure everyone on all the other campaigns probly felt the same way...only one can win. Oh well...there is always next time right?
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@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
20 Jan 10
I was doing something better with my time, though what it was I don't remember. I didn't really care that he was being inaugurated. He's just one of dozens of presidents I'll see in my lifetime.
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• United States
20 Jan 10
HELL NO I did not celebrate at all. I could already see he would cause nothing but trouble for the USA.... and I was right! He has forgotten his promises to the people of the US and is more determined to ram his unwanted bills down our throats. IMO he is a self serving narcissist.
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@bounce58 (17451)
• Canada
20 Jan 10
Is it a year already?! I remember seeing the inaguration on TV. I don't know why. I must have been off work. Or was it just the CNN replays that I saw? For me, the jury is still out yet on being happy to see him as president. But I was glad about the symbolism though. That he opened the door for anybody to become president.
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@ElicBxn (61069)
• United States
20 Jan 10
I was probably working - avoiding it all since I sure didn't vote for that socialist
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@amanda08 (647)
• United States
21 Jan 10
I shed a tear at both his acceptance speech the night of elections and the inauguration. I was extremely happy to see him become our president. This is something I never will forget, and I (coming from a southern Republican part of the country) proudly displayed my Obama/ Biden banner in the front yard even after election night was over, and only put it up when it was time to put Christmas decorations out. The insensitivty of some people amazes me. I hear so many people talking bad about him, but honestly- the same people who talk bad about him could not be fixing the US's problems any faster. He is trying to do what is right for the citizens of our country while also keeping the world's citizens in mind. He is a wonderful President, and I cannot stand to hear people talking down about him- no one will agree with every decision that he makes, not even me.... BUT we can respect the man who is now our President and represents our wonderful country. He renewed our since of hope and is trying to help better our country. He is doing this in a calm but diligent manner. It is funny how people call him a socialist- yet no one complained when our gov't gave money to bail out the rich and powerful, they only complain when he wants to help bail out the needy and sick. AND do not forget that John McCain also voted for the Bailout- just like Senator ( at the time) Obama did.... people always seem to forget this part of hte equation. So yes, I remember EXACTLY where and what I was doing during these times- I was watching the newest President of the United States of America, while shedding a tear of happiness.... a tear for my country, a happy tear that we all came together and made this happen against all odds!!! PS I just wanted to say that I remember seeing the President speak at the democaratic national convention when he was still Senator Obama, and even then I remember being so proud and thinking that someday this man could become the President of our country- little did I know a few years later that it would happen!!!
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
21 Jan 10
Since you jumped in and commented in my response, I felt it apropriate to do the same. I'm first going to adress what appears to be out right idolitry. He is a human being hired to do a job, to serve us, this is not a position of exaultation, he SERVES us, we do not worship him. I see you writing in a lot of generalities, such as "He is a wonderful President", "keeping the world's citizens in mind" (he is OUR president, not the world's), "He renewed our since of hope and is trying to help better our country", "a happy tear that we all came together and made this happen against all odds"...My god young lady, listen to yourself... do you at all understand how pitifull that sounds? Honestly, do you even know what he is doing? All your doing is regurgitating campaign slogans and feel-goody rhetoric. McCain DID vote for T.A.R.P. just like Obama did, it was one of the chief reaasons I didn't vote for EITHER man. I don't agree with every decision every politician makes, most of them are constitutional usurpers anyways, Obama included. I can deal with not agreeing with everything, but when they do things that are so incredibly abhorent, I cannot support them, period. There is no difference between republicans and democrats on the more important scale, none. You absolutely need to understand that. You think this is all about you? You think these people rush to be elected because they have only yours or the country's best interest at heart? Pfff...puh-LEASE. That is incredibly delusional. The only thing they are interested in is growing their own power and control over you and they will happily and shamelessly do it on your back. They feed on people like you, they count on you. They are laughing at you and your fawning. I assure you the level of worship you bestow on them is not at all returned, Obama included. So you hate seeing people talk down about him? You have a problem with legimate citizen dissention? You see it as insensative? So now we're suposed to be "sensative" to our elected servants? Shame on you. These people should fear you.
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@amanda08 (647)
• United States
21 Jan 10
good grief someone has an anger problem.... I was responding to how I felt "one year ago" I was happy that this country did not judge this man by the color of his skin. I will not even go through and comment on everything you wrote, I have a real life and have things to do- but I will say that he is not a wonderful president... he has his issues yet no president can be expected to do exactly what each person wants him/her to do... I wish we would have had better candidates to choose from as well BUT WE DIDN'T... so this is what we got to work with.... Also, I did not say we should worship him, you can disagree with someone respectfully... without carrying around a posterboard picture with his face on it with markings making him look like Hitler.... use your mind and legitimately argue with WHY you do not like him or disagree with him- I do NOT agree with everything he says.... And yes, considering we are in 2 wars and we are one of the main countries that people turn to when they are trouble (such as Haiti right now) we do need a President who can show concern for the world's citizens. We do not need a president out to win a war simpply for control of oil- devastating people's lives in their homeland because of falsely reported WMD's. You need to get over yourself- this comment was about the night he was inaguarated- and yes I WAS HAPPY- this does not mean that you have to be.
@amanda08 (647)
• United States
21 Jan 10
PS there is a difference between repubs and dems---- they are however, all politicians and THIS sadly is their obvious downfall.
@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jan 10
I was probably watching at least part of the inauguration on TV. And I was mainly happy that good old GW was gone!
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
21 Jan 10
I missed that. Barack Obama is my favourite President of US after John F Keneddy.
• United States
21 Jan 10
I think I was at home. I didn't really care what happened because I feel politicians just say what people wnat to hear to get elected then do what they want when/if they get into office. I did know one thing though something historic would happen either way. The first black president or the first woman vice-president.
• United States
21 Jan 10
I honestly don't remember what I was doing. Maybe i have ben living in D.C. too long but I simply ignore Anything political . I was happy that a pro choice president was elected but all the excitement about him being the first black prez it didn't matter to me. I am too jaded I'm afraid.
@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
20 Jan 10
i saw a reply from the local tv.news coz im working at that time.