Saturday, January 17, 2009

Are We the Only Ones Who Think This Inaguration Is NBD?

Obviously, we're super-psyched that B.H.O. is going to be our next POTUS; even if he wasn't our first choice. Still, all the pomp and circumstance (especially the millions of dollars that will be spent on glitzy inaugural balls) seems a bit inappropriate in light of the circumstances (a crippling recession and a war). Our take is that B.H.O. should do a closed ceremony from the Oval Office - broadcast on television of course - and use whatever money was going to pay for all the security, parties, planning, et ceta, toward actually fixing the country. He would be our hero if he did. As it stands, we'll probably watch the address on TV, in part because it's part of history and in part because it's required for one of our classes.

Kudos to the University for giving us at least part of the day off. We may or may not spend the whole time watching the event; considering going over to AFC instead - Obama would approve.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

The University canceling classes is stupid. Aside from the obvious partisan bias of the decision, some students (although certainly not all and probably not most) will have to attend a make-up class for this. You can Tivo it, you can watch it on-line, and it will certainly be rebroadcast.

We didn't cancel classes for voting (or a host of other things that students would like to see), but we do for this?

Anonymous said...

I am about as liberal as can be and I agree with Anonymous 1, particularly given that there was no cancellation for voting, which actually, you know, matters.

Anonymous said...

Did UVA ever cancel classes for inaugurations before?

Anonymous said...

chhhhhannnnnggggeeeee!

Anonymous said...

As far as I know, the University has never cancelled classes for an inauguration before (I was around in 2005 and it definitely did not happen then). At least for the last tow, though, that doesn't say much. In 2001 it was on a Saturday, and in 2005 it was a second inauguration, which anyone would have to admit is less momentous.

Anonymous said...

The University has never canceled class for a presidential inauguration. Ever.

Anonymous said...

It's a brilliant idea for the UVA administration to show political preferences when it gets its funding from the state gov't. I guess they're banking on the GOP not ever re-taking power in Richmond.

Anonymous said...

Stop whining, people. This is a historic occasion. Students should be able to watch this live (or personally attend), instead of sitting through the 1st/2nd day of class where nothing beyond "Let's hold hands and go over the syllabus" is achieved anyway.

Anonymous said...

Starting Wednesday, can we all just talk about something else?

Anonymous said...

The reason that classes weren't cancelled on voting DAY is because you have an entire day to vote. Cancelling classes was hardly necessary, but it doesn't bother me.

I realize that this will annoy some people, but, come on, this is arguably the most important historical moment that most of us have lived through. I can understand why the school affored us the opportunity to watch it live.