Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

I watched the inauguration today with about 8 or 9 Marines - both enlisted and officer. It was interesting to see their reactions to the swearing in and the ceremony in general. They noticed all kinds of things I would never think to see. I would say there was a bit of disappointment in the new Commander in Chief; but as good Marines, they will uphold their oath and obey their new Commanding Officer in all circumstances. Even when it's hurtful and feels like a betrayal, as it must feel to the Marine watching today who once guarded the inmates at Gitmo and wonders what will be done with those he guarded. He knows all too well that just setting them loose is dangerous indeed.

Let's hope President Obama chooses well.

It's bittersweet to watch Marine One fly away, for more than one reason.
Farewell, President Bush. I admire your strength of conviction and courage.

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