This Day in History

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Peaceful Transfer of Power


Today, the Teacher's Brunch office here in tranquil Auburn Hills, MI turned off our usual mix of '80s pop, contemporary club beats, and "Weird Al" Yankovic to listen to the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Regardless of your party affiliation (and by the way, TB has made a great presentation about the history and development of America's political parties that includes a clip of the convention speech that thrust Obama into the national spotlight), you can awe in the process our country has repeated now 43 times (Obama is the 44th man to be president).

No guns.

No violence.

A huge group of people brought into D.C. not to fight or protest but to celebrate, and the nearly 60 million people who voted for another guy or girl (Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, you're welcome!) let them.

What a great teaching point. Not just for your students, but those in the world who would question our country's commitment to our founding principles.

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