I didn't watch the inauguration. I was at work and I don't own a TV anyway. But, had I watched it (on the web or somesuch), I don't think I would have felt much differently than I do now. I just... didn't care that much. I keep thinking of that book He's Just Not Into You, and that's about how I feel about our president. When I think of Obama, I think of a liberal, a Democrat, the president and after getting through that list it dawns on me that, oh yeah, I'm supposed to be worked up about him being black. (Whether positively or negatively.)
And that's kind of it, isn't it? It's all the Democrats and the Illinois Nazis who care about him being black, and the Republicans, libertarians and conservatives... well, we just can't get past the fact that he's a lefty. The only people who really care about race, the only people who haven't worked through race as an issue in our country are... liberals, Democrats and fringe-nutters. (That Nazi link up there is safe to click on, by the way. Takes you to IMDB.)
I mean, I guess it's wonderful and all that a black man was elected President, but conservatives and Republicans and so forth have accepted this as a genuine possibility for a long time now. It feels like the liberals are all shocked and amazed that a black man could be elected president and that tells me a lot about who is really concerned with the colour of a man's skin more than the content of his character.
On a lighter note, I'm certainly not the first to wonder, but I hope that when I start to criticise President Obama for his words, actions and policies, all those nice liberals out there will remember that dissent is the highest form of patriotism. (First interview answer if you click through.)
And, though it doesn't tie together really well with the rest of this post, let me encourage you to watch this video. If you're not creeped out by the end... I'm not sure what to say.