Before I left for Spain, I had about a month off from work and thus, nothing but time to do things like watch daytime TV. It certainly rings a bell with my current situation, but that is besides the point. The point is that I became a fan of Ellen DeGeneres and one joke she made is particularly relevant for what I will be doing later today. Ellen referenced all the “change” slogans Obama used in his campaign, like, “Vote for Change,” “Stand for Change,” “Change We Can Believe In,” etc. With the economy and all, Ellen thought he would change his official slogan to read, “Can you spare any change?” Of course he never did, but hey, it’s a funny thought.
Well, as we all know, today marks history. We have heard the making history reference a million times in the last few weeks, but it’s definitely a day that is being felt around the world. And with today comes an optimistic sense for a better future, not just for America, but for all its international “friends.” More so, whether or not Barack Obama ends up changing anything, the fact that he is now America’s president has definitely affected our perception in a good way. I think we can all universally agree that Bush will not be missed.
Later today, I will be celebrating the inauguration at an American Society party. Round 2 for me with the American Society, but I figure it’s worth a second shot. In fact, I volunteered to help out, so maybe that will change my experience from the previous time when everyone was averaging 20 years older than me and weren’t super friendly to us youngsters. Who knows, but regardless, it will certainly be interesting to watch this momentous occasion with a group of ex pats and internationals in a city that already means so much to me.
Chin chin to change!