The Daily Beast
By Meghan McCain
Aug 10, 2011
“On this day,” was the promise to the country, “we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for too long have strangled our politics.”
Do you remember those words? They are from Obama’s inaugural address on January 20, 2009, before his presidency was sidelined by petty grievances, false promises and worn-out dogmas. Do you remember where you were on that day? I was in bed eating Ben and Jerry’s “Phish Food” ice cream with one of my best friends from Arizona. My parents were in Washington D.C. for the big party. I don’t think most people in my position would be masochistic enough to watch the entire inauguration on TV, but this wasn’t the time for Tivo.