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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Snow upon the Cherry Tree


Everyone's been sharing pictures of the snow where they live. The above offing was as good as it got here. By the following day the snow was gone from the little cherry tree outside my window. There are still vestiges of snow and bits of ice here and there so today for the first time since our snowfall I dared to walk into town -- only a couple of blocks away. I am such a 'wuss'!  Enough weather already ...

But cherry trees remind me of American Presidents, George Washington, in particular, and Washington reminds me that ...

Yesterday was the public inauguration of President Obama. Not the splash it was four years ago -- Especially not on this side of the Atlantic. I thought the President's address was much more commanding, much more inspiring than this time. Even then he had to think about re-election, about consequences about how each word, each phrase would be interpreted.This time he seemed more relaxed, more himself, more assured.  Suddenly, I was reminded of Ted Kennedy -- it must  have been his last public appearance the day of Obama's first inauguration -- and he was taken from the lunch in an ambulance. I miss that old Senate lion. But I do believe he stayed alive by his determination to witness that event.

Mitt Romney was still hurting too much to accept the invitation to attend. Not that I can blame him -- he'd really thought he was going to be the one walking in to the sound of 'Hail to the Chief', taking the oath, giving the speech... It would have been a good thing to have seen him there -sn- not as the 'loser', but as the 'worthy opponent'.

Next week it's The State of the Union and business as usual. I hope that 'the usual' has changed for the better ...

Nice frock for the ball, Michelle!  Whoo Wu! ;-)

17 comments:

  1. Pretty picture. We have had a couple of inches this winter, and hopefully more will show up, but that's probably not going to be enough for a drought.

    The inauguration was interesting to watch. I loved his speech : )

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    1. It's been snowing several hours today -- but no accumulation. On Saturday we had a centimeter or two! But I still enjoy seeing the flakes flurry around it great abundance!

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  2. Hello Katherine:
    Oh, we really wish that we had more snow!!! Yes, there have been drifts and,on occasion, a little more than a drift, but still nothing absolutely serious here in Budapest!!!

    Unfortunately we have not heard Obama's speech but always think of him as an excellent public speaker.

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    1. Gosh, I don't think Southport has ever had a 'drift' of snow!!! We had 8 inches two years ago -- but nary a drift!

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  3. A rising middle class is the strength of this country. Roosevelt knew it, Nixon knew it. I hope the congress finds its way.

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  4. Sadly, the paucity of snow is the penalty for living at the seaside, Broad, but your cherry tree looks pretty.

    I didn't see all of the inauguration, but heard the speech and I too thought it was a much better speech than 4 years ago and made much more definite policy commitment. As for the dress, I've only seen it by googling it and I think it looks great!

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    1. Needless to say, the cherry tree is once again bare of snow! At least the pavements and roads are clear of ice and now dry. Being snowed in is great for a day or two, but pales significantly each day thereafter!

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  5. Mrs. Chatterbox and I enjoyed watching all the Inaugural festivities yesterday. I think Obama is going to be a different president this time round. I think he's gotten a lot smarter and more realistic.

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    1. Considering the poison chalice he was handed four years ago, I think he did outstandingly well. And I agree the next term is going to be very different...

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  6. I love Michelle's new look, and her dress was stunning! I enjoyed the entire day, too. :-)

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  7. Well, I hope things are, as you say, "changed for the better."

    I remember feeling poorly at one time.
    A friend said to me, "Cheer up; things could be worse."
    I thought about what he said. He was a smart soul. I decided to take him seriously.
    I cheered up.
    Things got worse.

    Blessings and Bear hugs, no matter.

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  8. Dear Broad, I thought President Obama's speech really showed that he's going to stick to his guns now about what needs to be done to put this country back on track. The problem of course is whether the Republicans will decide that they want to be part of the solution.

    I've been away from reading and commenting on blogs for the past six weeks--getting ready for the holidays, celebrating, spending two weeks polishing a manuscript for an Amazon novel contest, having company for several days, and living with and through the flu.

    Now I'm back and of course yours is one of the first blogs I'm visiting. I've missed reading your postings as they always seem so filled with an awareness of what's going on around you. They put things in perspective for me.

    If you have any postings for the last six weeks that you'd especially like me to read, please do let me know. Peace.

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    1. It's good to see you again, Dee. I've not been so good at posting myself -- since the holidays it's been a chore getting on a good schedule again.

      Looking forward to hearing more about that manuscript!

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  9. I'll not comment on The President's speech. We like each other, so why bring politics into it? :-)

    Weather around here has been startlingly cold lately. It has dropped below zero (Fahrenheit) the past couple of nights. Luckily, the previous snow was gone before this cold snap, otherwise we would have horribly icy roads and whatnot.

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    1. I'll bet some of your best friends are Democrats!! :-)

      I just noticed on the weather forecasts it looks like you are in for a bit of a snowstorm -- hope you are warm and cozy and the lights stay on!!

      xx

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