Many people I know are flabbergasted that I am not partaking of any of the official inaugural activities, even though I live pretty close, as the crow flies, to the inaugural parade route and swearing in ceremony for Barack Obama.
I know families who are going to venture down to the Mall just to be able to say they were “there” on such an historic day, regardless of how close they can get to the Capitol steps. I’m happy enough to enjoy the wonders of seeing it up close on television where I don’t have to worry about possible below freezing temperatures and making sure I have enough toilet paper in my coat pocket in case I need to head for a port-a-potty.
So what’s PunditMom’s problem? While I am VERY happy that George W. Bush will not be darkening the doorstep of the Oval Office anymore and I am elated that a Democratic president will be taking over the show, I was never a Barack Obama-ite. And, truth be told, once I was on the Hillary bandwagon, I really became invested and excited at the prospect of the first woman president.
Obama was my third candidate during the campaign, after I supported the failed efforts of John Edwards and Hillary Clinton. By the time it came down to Obama, I had run out of steam and enthusiasm, though there was no question I would definitely support and vote for Obama as the Democrat over any Republican any day of the week.
So in light of my low-level of inaugural excitement, I decided that if I was going to ever attend an inaugural event, I would save myself for Hillary. I have to believe that she will run in 2016 — it’s in her DNA. She won’t be able to help herself. Not that there’s any guarantee that she’d be a show in — that’s what she thought this time.
At this stage of my life, if I’m going to deal with spending hours outside in the freezing D.C. weather to watch someone I don’t even know take the presidential oath, and hopefully snag some tickets to a fancy ball so I could find an excuse to buy that red gown I saw at Nordstrom’s last week with a pair of Christian Louboutins, then I think I want it to be for the first woman president. I don’t mind waiting for a few more years.