Unlike many of my fellow Americans, I am not super-excited about the upcoming Obama presidency. I'm very happy to be done with the W years, but it's fairly obvious we're not going to the get the crazed liberal socialist that right-wing radio promised us, and that I actually wanted. I'm totally into things like universal health care, environmental protection & sensible energy choices, and a sustainable national food policy. So while I'm happy that things will no doubt be less horrible than they have been, I don't really believe that I'm going to wake up Wednesday morning to a world filled with rainbows, unicorns, and a federal budget surplus.
All that aside, I'm still moved to celebrate the inauguration of our first African-American president and our latest (nominally) liberal one with a playlist. (Props to Mrs. Creative DC for the idea). Please enjoy some songs that I think have special relevance this week, as we welcome to DC (well, he was already in DC, but whatever) the man who may not save the world, but is no doubt going to change it forever, as most American presidents do. Let's hope it's for the best.
"If you listen you can hear itIt's the laughter in the streetIt's the motion in the musicAnd the fire beneath your feetAll the signs are right this timeYou don't have to try so very hardIf you live in this worldYou're feelin' the change of the guard"