I’m a sucker for pomp and circumstance and anything that makes me proud to be an American, so I loved watching Monday’s inaugural festivities. This is a blog about family life and pop culture– not politics– so I’ll stick to the fluff analysis.
I loved all Michelle’s fashion choices– from the cool J.Crew sash she turned into a belt for her sleek swearing-in coat, to her red Jason Wu evening gown. She looked stunning, modern, and comfortable. Have we had a First Lady as beautiful and stylish since Jackie Kennedy? I think not.
Looks like Sasha and Malia are taking after mom in good taste. I loved their complimentary purple coats, scarves, and gloves and how playful they were with their parents and each other when they weren’t required to be serious.
I can’t even imagine what it must feel like to look out at hundreds of thousands of people who’ve been standing in the cold all day to catch a glimpse of your dad. Or what it feels like to hear the best in music serenading your dad as the leader of the country. At least they have each other to pinch in those moments. I wish those first daughters could blog!
Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce, and James Taylor were all terrific and seemed honored by the significance of their role in the day. I got a lump in my throat hearing all those patriotic songs and felt lucky to live in the USA.
In my travels I found a story in the Huffington Post about letters kids have written to President Obama about what he needs to get done in his second term. It’s part of an educational program called “Mail to the Chief,” aimed at encouraging kids in grades K-5 to write letters by hand and get involved in civics and government.
As you might expect, some of the letters are hilarious because kids are so unfiltered and candid. Other requests show a real interest in the world around them. Many students asked the President to try to improve life for others less fortunate– impressive for kids so young. The letters about the troops will tie your heartstrings in a bow.
You can read some of the letters here.
One of my favorite lines from Catherine of Glen Falls, NY says:
” You should try to do some things Republicans want. I’m not saying everything, just a few because you want most people to like you. I want Republicans and Democrats to get along better.”
Me too, Catherine!