Inauguration Day

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I’m not usually especially into politics. I didn’t even do the obligatory unit on the election process this year. Terrible, I know, but we were trying to finish Ancient Rome for crying out loud! I figure I’ll get a second chance in four years and by then all the kids will be old enough to understand what’s going on.

Okay, yeah, that’s an excuse. At seven, I’m sure Megan would have been able to get the gist of it.

Anyhow, I’m planning on redeeming my laziness and procrastination tomorrow by watching the inauguration with the kids — even though Brian was worried that we might see more than we bargained for with the heightened security risks. There’s probably a bigger chance of the kids being bored out of their minds than anything else.

Thanks to The Crafty Crow, I have a media guide to the day’s events, so I’ll try to time it so that the kids aren’t watching hours of boring stuff while waiting for the actual inauguration and speech. The highlight for at least one of my kids should be the fact that John Williams, who composed the theme to Star Wars, composed the music for the inauguration and, I assume, will be conducting. I don’t know if he’ll actually be there, but that’s the way I read it. We’ll see, I suppose.

So, what about you? Do you and your kids plan to watch the inauguration?

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  1. Thanks for posting the link to the media guide! I’m trying to work my schedule tomorrow so that I’m home at the time of swearing in (usually I’m walking my kindergartener to the bus stop up the hill). Dd(9) and I will definitely be watching. Yesterday we watched a 30-minute video of the history of inaugurations at which was pretty interesting.

  2. As horrible as it is, I haven’t made any formal plans, though I do intend to have them watch at least part of the inauguration. Truth be told, I don’t think that *I* have ever watched an inauguration!

  3. Eh. πŸ™

    We plan to watch SOME of it, but in delayed mode via TiVo. I’m with Brian in feeling a bit nervous about seeing something live on national television that we may not want to have imprinted in the memories of our children. I also feel some irritation in place of the patriotism that I should feel, mainly because of the multi-million dollar price tag on this inauguration at such a horrid time in our nation’s economy. Geez…you think they’d use that money to fund another bailout!

  4. Thanks for the media guide! My kids and I are going to watch the inauguration tomorrow. They’re already trying to rebel, though, saying that they shouldn’t watch any more TV since I made them watch a 2 hour special today on MLK Jr. Alas! What tortured children!

  5. I didn’t watch it. I taught it. but didn’t watch it. I am sick of the Inaugural. My husband is the Commander of a Presidential Escort Unit and I am sick to death of him working late hours. I am SOOOO glad that it’s OVER!!

    (deep breath…deep breath…)

    That being said: I voted for The Other Guy. But it is what it is.

    But still I didn’t watch it.

  6. Yeah, we didn’t watch it with any degree of excitement either…well, maybe a teeny bit for the kids since it was getting them out of regular schoolwork.

    We were a little disappointed that we never actually saw John Williams. Surely he was there. I mean, I’m thinking you don’t have a guy compose music of the Inauguration then not invite him to come, do you?

    And, for the record, we voted for the other guy, too. And, if you really want to be on the record, we really were voting for the other “girl” and hoping nature might take its course with her running mate. πŸ˜‰ How sad is that?

  7. We caught some on the radio on the way home from co-op and then watched some at home. My dd was very interested in the political process of the elections so it was a good ending for that. As well as a good lesson in respecting the elected president even if he is not who we would have chosen.

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