This is a re-post from USA Inauguration Day in 2009 and 2013.
Shortly before sunset, January 20, 2009, I made a few photos of the Nile River looking toward the west bank of the river. I thought I would share this one with you.
We are anchored on the Nile a few miles south of Luxor. From my cabin on the Tu Ya cruise boat I am watching the Al Jazeera Network live coverage of the inauguration ceremonies in Washington. The choice of the majority of voters on November 2 was not my choice, but I must say that I am proud at this moment to be an American.
The American ideal of freedom and justice for all is a noble one. Surely there are times when this ideal is not met, but it remains the dream that holds us together, many as one. The diversity of our nation is a testimony to the vitality of that dream.
The inaugural ceremony is the same whether watching it live in Washington, on Al Jezeera in Egypt, or on CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, or one of the other networks in the United States. Well, maybe. The thing that makes the difference is the commentary afterwards and the news chosen to run underneath the live event.
Added Note: I wish to call attention to a fine article by David Diestelkamp in the recent issue of Think under the title @notmyCaesar.
What a refreshing take on the inauguration! Yes, it’s the same ceremony no matter which TV station we watch or which country we are in. What you said next is what hit me: the difference is in what the commentary and articles underneath the live event have to say. Isn’t this the truth! Some are positive and some are negative. I think perhaps we should all stop at the end of the live session and not listen to one more word! Thank you for bringing this into the light for me. (Also, “Not My Caesar” was excellent. I am going to reread it and do my best to change some of my ways on social media! Thank you!) Terry