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Arts & Culture > Emotions over the Last Few Days

Emotions over the Last Few Days

Donald Trump inspires histrionics and hyperbolic language when you need to talk about him. Most lefty columnists online seem to have fallen into this vein at some point or other. It’s the only way to translate how your boiling blood feels. In an article I had to write I suddenly found the poem “Chicago” in my mouth, with all the “They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for.. etc.” — and then Richard II sprang into my head, but my own version of the “this royal throne of kings, this other Eden — this England” speech: “This royal filth, this seat of the Gorgon, this other Void… this White House.” It felt good to write.

Today, everything’s quite different. Just watching Lady Gaga sing the anthem got me crying, and much more so did the sight of that policeman, who got chased up the stairs, escorting Kamala Harris to the podium.


all my beautiful wickedness, what a world, what a world.

posted on Jan 20, 2021 1:45 PM ()


I was glued to CNN all day wed. The past presidents and their wives brought me to tears...the fact that they are close and talk often. Now there is dignity and worth in the white House and I can breathe freely again. Lady Ga Ga was magnificent. I even slept better last night.
comment by elderjane on Jan 22, 2021 5:40 AM ()
The past four years, and especially the last several months, have reminded me to not take our government for granted.
comment by traveltales on Jan 21, 2021 1:07 PM ()
Me too.
reply by drmaus on Jan 21, 2021 3:53 PM ()
I watched several hours, loved every minute. The pomp and ceremony was impressive. I don't often watch these events. Since I was watching it live, I did worry that a deranged Trumpy might have evaded security and would try something. Later I watched the first press conference with Biden's new press secretary. She was fantastic. That's what a press briefing should look like. Made all of Trump's choices look truly pathetic.
comment by tealstar on Jan 20, 2021 7:05 PM ()
I agree about the press conference. Reminds me of the Mueller investigation, when all the people testifying against Trump's administration, like Sally Yates and so many others, made me notice how very competent the people who served in civil service jobs used to be.
reply by drmaus on Jan 21, 2021 3:51 PM ()
I haven't watched any of it--will tonight as I am sure it will be all over the TV.
I was glad to wake up today!
comment by greatmartin on Jan 20, 2021 1:55 PM ()
I know! Isn't it different.
reply by drmaus on Jan 21, 2021 3:51 PM ()

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