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What Does President Obama's Inauguration Mean to You?
To start things off, I will tell you what it means to me.

Being a father of a son entering his late teens and an Uncle of a nephew in the Army reserves, the most important thing (by far) the President's inauguration means to me is that for the next four years we will have a President in office who will not get us involved in unnecessary wars and who will not put our sons and daughters in harms way needlessly.  A president that fully understands that military action is truly a LAST resort and not to something be threatened in a frivolous manner as just another foreign policy tool.  

So what's your answer?

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 05:31:59 PM PST

  •  it means we rejected (8+ / 0-)

    republican positions on a wide range of toxic social, economic and other policy issues, and placed the GOP further down the road to irrelevance.  still seems so poignantly ironic that rmoney got 47 percent of the popular vote.
    couldn't have happened to nicer people.

  •  It was very liberal for a center-left president. (7+ / 0-)

    It was also pretty specific.

    Makes me think progressivism is on the ascendancy.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 05:42:59 PM PST

  •  It means we dodged a bullet. (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, a2nite, ranger995

    Beyond that, time will tell.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 05:45:36 PM PST

  •  To me it means (7+ / 0-)

    the things I believed in growing up back in the 60's weren't just dreams & illusions, rather they were goals that could be attained!

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 05:48:34 PM PST

  •  It means once in a great while, we win. As MLK (6+ / 0-)

    said,  "The arch of the moral universe is long and it bends toward justice."

  •  A slim reed (0+ / 0-)

    It means four more years hoping that Republican obstinacy will deprive Obama of the fig leaf he needs to cut the entitlements.

  •  Hope. (3+ / 0-)
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    Doctor Who, worldlotus, 6ZONite

    Father Time remains undefeated.

    by jwinIL14 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:16:58 PM PST

  •  We the people (2+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, worldlotus

    collectively, not individually, with compelling statements of progressive policies: climate change, marriage equality, reducing income and wealth disparity, reducing gun violence.

    And what Dr. Who said!

  •  We're one election closer to Pres. Hillary Clinton (0+ / 0-)
  •  I'm proud (4+ / 0-)
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    Doctor Who, cactusgal, worldlotus, 6ZONite

    It's how I have felt all day. And watching a recap on Rachel of President Obama turning back after the ceremony and looking at the view was awesome - best shot of the day.

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:33:44 PM PST

  •  the most striking image of the day to me (0+ / 0-)

    was watching him pass what was the Occupy DC camp (he was out of the limo, walking in the street) - knowing the corporate donors backing today's festivities.

    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:37:07 PM PST

  •  It might mean more this time (4+ / 0-)

    and it meant a lot 4 years ago.  I was in Memphis over New Years and visited a small photo gallery on Beale Street with photographs taken during the Civil Rights era.  My sister and I stopped in one night and then we brought our Dad in another night.  I don't think they got a lot of visitors on Beale Street around that time of year, so they recognized us as repeat visitors :)  Anyway, the man that showed us around gave us a first-hand account of life in Memphis in the 60's.  Since I am only 33 and my Dad was this guys age, but grew up on a farm in Iowa, it was all kind of hard to take in and to understand.  And the pride that man had when talking about President Obama was incredible.   That's something that is just invaluable, I think.   And it while the race part is so important, it is more than that.  It's a person who appears to be a good husband and father.  It's the whole picture.

    Watching the events today, I thought that it could have been very different.  We could be talking about the new President Mitt.  Think about that.

    I just never want to take for granted the fact that I have a president who I agree with and who I admire.  That's a gift that I didn't have for 8 years.  I don't know when I'll have that again.

    And I think that we have a president who is a good person.  That goes a long ways with me.  He may not always make the right decision and he may not always make decisions that I agree with, but it is honestly a blessing that he is our president.

    •  You pretty much summed up my reasons. And I (1+ / 0-)
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      honestly think we're going to see an even better President this term. One-because of lessons learned and Two-no re-election to worry about.

      "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

      by mindara on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:53:04 PM PST

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  •  It meant to see a return of some sanity (4+ / 0-)

    with a lifetime of Bush's and Regan running the farm since I was old enough to work and now I am old enough to be sorry that it took so long.  With the exception of Clinton for 8 years, the rest was crap with crap policy.   Life has been hard for many of us found old and tired and happy that maybe just maybe our kids will have it better.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:52:31 PM PST

  •  To me (2+ / 0-)
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    Doctor Who, worldlotus

    it means the American people--slow as they are--are fiiiiiiiinally starting to figure out what the sociopathic right-wing agenda for America is, despite all of the misinformation they've been fed by the mainstream media, the right-wing media, etc...and they don't like it.  Sure, they've got a long way to go, and sure it's been painful waiting for more of them to come around, but it's finally happening, I think.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:55:05 PM PST

  •  It means my family is more likely to survive. (4+ / 0-)

    It means my daughters are less likely to bleed to death on a hospital floor just because a doctor doesn't believe in abortion. It means my son is less likely to be sent to war in the Middle East. It means my partner is going to have access to health insurance soon.It means the EPA will continue to see that air and water pollution are dealt with. It means the drug companies can't as easily withhold life saving medications. It means that Medicaid will be there if and when we need it. It means that Social Security and Medicare will be there WHEN we need them. It means that the separation between the races will be further lessened. It means my gay friends are more likely to have a safe and equal life.  It means that something might be done to reduce the effects of climate change. It means the GOP crazies won't be out there trying to create Armageddon. It means life might, just maybe, survive on this planet.

    "The Democrats are the lesser evil and that has to count for something. Good and evil aren't binary states. All of us are both good and evil. Being less evil is the trajectory of morality." --SC

    by tb92 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:34:49 PM PST

  •   It reminded me that we still owe a huge debt (2+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, worldlotus

    of gratitude to people like Keith Olbermann and  Howard Dean, both of whom lit candles in our darkest hours.  

  •  HURRAY" (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm 61.
    When I see Barack & Michelle, I just see genuinely good people.
    I don't think they give a hoot about the fame. I think they are having more fun accomplishing good.
    I'm filled with happiness when I see the spotlight they're in waft away when they are being attentive to their daughters. Today at the parade he keep his attention to the participants. I think he sees all of us.
    I see their daughters have the same giving & simply humble spirits.
    I'm so happy that is our Presidential foundation right now, hopefully soothing though they may not realize it to those brainwashed in hate and distortion.
    I know that I am old and have been brainwashed enough to have been very disappointed when Aaron Swartz committed suicide. I know being a good person our President who was EXTREMELY busy, takes his administration faults as his own and hopefully the absurd laws against young people & the open source future may proceed.
    He is human. We all make mistakes.
    His positiveness infinity outweighs his humanness.
    From the time he was elected, this Nov., He has stated; "He can not do this without us," activists, democrats, bohemians, artists, musicians, brothers, sisters, generations, whatever."
    I hope we can all get beyond our TV reality series brainwashing. La tah… the 1%. The dumbing, numbing down. The hijack your speaking doing mind by the bullies.
    Lift ourselves up a bit (we've been down and USED to being down a LONG TIME) & stand with him.
    Michelle would like that :)
    My biggest hope in the younger generations, if they can not realize individual accomplishments, realize they can accomplish community, national, and worldwide GREATNESS.
    I.e. Being famous isn't all it's cranked up TO BE. It looks like to me, to be somewhat stifling. An old man says :)
    P.S. I'm gay. I could continue… but it's relevant only to the construct that when all stand up for all the bully monster dissolves.
    P.S.S. What a relief :)

  •  To me, (0+ / 0-)

    it means my job begins with renewed vigor, because I have someone who I hope will actually listen.

    My job, my mission, is to stop torture as the law, policy and practice of the United States, and to push to ensure that those responsible at the highest levels for the torture inflicted by the United States are held legally responsible.

    I know Mitt Romney would not have listened; I am hopeful President Obama will.

    I need the help of each and every one of you in this effort. We cannot allow those who ordered torture to be inflicted on real, live human beings to go unpunished and in fact to continue be rewarded. That may have happened in the past, but we have an opportunity to "make a more perfect union" and an opportunity to bend history in that long arc towards justice, by standing up and telling the President that we will accept nothing less than legal accountability for those who authorized and ordered torture.

    I will be going to lobby in DC the last week of March.

    Please add your voice to mine, as I speak on behalf of my late husband, Dan, who was a Vietnam vet who survived torture.

                  Standing for justice and accountability,
                                 For Dan,

    Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

    by Chacounne on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:38:53 PM PST

  •  Rachel Maddow already said it for me (0+ / 0-)

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 11:22:55 PM PST

  •  This election means more progress but... (0+ / 0-)

    ...It also means more opportunities to knock down the Republicans out of the House in 2014 than in 2012.

    Let's get them ALL out.  Contact the DCCC now to target ALL races.  I don't care how red they are!  Get them all out damn it!

  •  The Inauguration buys us time. That's all. (0+ / 0-)

    Had Mittens won we would be so f*cked right now.  As in totally.  But, all the win in Nov. did was buy us a little time.  They're still coming for us.  The KochBros, the Billionaires, the One Percenters.  They are hell bent on snuffing out your meaningless inconsequential in-their-way ass.  Ten weeks after the Election they're out there doing their damndest to make sure you cannot vote in 2014, or ever again; doing their damndest to cut down the FDR / LBJ Safety Nets (including your S.S. checks).
    "Oh, you're among the moochers, slackers and deadbeats that are the 47% ??   No Vote For You!!"  They're coming after you, hell bent on squshing you like a bug under their Gucci loafers.  All the Inauguration did yesterday is buy us a little time.  We now have a little time to get our asses organized to fight these mofos, to bury them at the voting booth.  The time to celebrate Obama's win is over.
    The war awaits.  What are you going to do about it?

  •  It means: "Game On." (0+ / 0-)

    The United States of America game the Republican Party 4 years to demonstrate its ability to solve the country's problems and meet its needs for this coming 21st Century, and it replied by bitch-slapping the People, the Republic, the Constitution, and Lady Liberty herself --- all for the sake of "30 pieces of corporatized silver."

    They threw down the iron gauntlet.

    America shall pick that gauntlet up, and put it on her hand.

    America shall chench her Fist of Iron, and strike a mighty blow.

    Proponents of gun violence own guns. Opponents of gun violence do not own guns. What part of this do you not understand?

    by Liberal Panzer on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 03:03:37 AM PST

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