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    Are you going to watch the inauguration?

    I hope I don't start some heated political discussion on who should have won the presidential race or the quality of the departing president, but I was wondering, are people planning on watching the inauguration?

    I made the mistake of making a doctor's appointment for 11:30 next Tuesday. I will hope the doctor is running late and will run home to turn the television on.

    To me, this is the reason for a HDTV.

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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
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    It's a pageant, a ceremony. No, those don't interest me.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    It's a pageant, a ceremony. No, those don't interest me.
    Would your answer have been the same in 1861 or 1865? If no, why?

    As for me, yes, I will be watching. These are historic events and this one even more so. I'm looking forward to hearing the new president's oratory.
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    Yes. I will watch it.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Like any inauguration, I'll watch it. It's history in the making, especially with Barack Obama.
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    I wasn't an Obama supporter but I'll watch as much as I can. My wife has been called for jury duty that day. I find it hard to believe that the courts are going be operating but I'm sure the court will be in recess for at least part of that time.
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    Yeah I will try to tune in, if only by radio.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    It's a pageant, a ceremony. No, those don't interest me.
    I am with Maister on ths one. I watched all the debates with complete interest, and will watch when he talks to the nation about "issues," but this... this is fluff imo. But I sure it will be entertaining fluff, so have fun watching!

    [EDIT: I should add that I AM very excited about his presidency though]
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    Quote Originally posted by H View post
    I am with Maister on ths one. I watched all the debates with complete interest, and will watch when he talks to the nation about "issues," but this... this fluff imo. But I sure it will be entertaining fluff, so have fun watching!
    I skipped the debates. I'll take a parade over a charade.
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    Yup I will watch it on TV and hope the traffic nightmare they are predicting for my area does not come to pass. I figure I am NOT leaving the house next Tuesday.
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    I'm going to try to watch though I'll be at work. I suggested setting up TVs somewhere in the building so employees can watch. We'll see what happens.
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    No, I won't be watching the coronation on TV, but I have no doubt that it will be on EVERY radio station, regardless of its format.



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    No interest in it - I've never watched one, and I see no reason to change that trend.

    Quote Originally posted by PlannerGirl View post
    Yup I will watch it on TV and hope the traffic nightmare they are predicting for my area does not come to pass. I figure I am NOT leaving the house next Tuesday.
    Heh - my main client (forgetting about the inauguration) tried to schedule a couple of days worth of meetings for next week in Crystal City...I had to gently prod him into reconsidering and moving things to the following week.
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    I work from home, so I'll be watching out of one eye. I'm Tivo'ing it too.

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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    My wife has been called for jury duty that day. I find it hard to believe that the courts are going be operating but I'm sure the court will be in recess for at least part of that time.
    Interestingly, Innauguration Day is actually a Federal Holiday... but it only applies to those who work in D.C. or parts of Maryland and VA.

    As I work in none of those places, I will be at my desk during the innauguration. I may watch a few minutes of it during my lunch but even as an Obama supporter, it doesn't interest me too much. I am not one for enjoying televised speeches.
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    I think the only inauguration I ever watched was Jimmy Carter, and that was only because they showed it in the classroom.

    I won't be watching this one, although I'm sure I'll be pummeled by coverage throughout the day.
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    I'm sure it will be on nearly every station so a little hard to avoid. I am sure I will catch a bit of it here and there but have better things to do than watch it in its entirety.

    Where's the poll?
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    Interestingly, Innauguration Day is actually a Federal Holiday... but it only applies to those who work in D.C. or parts of Maryland and VA.
    Just to get the thousands of Feds off the roads, I'm sure.

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    Where's the poll?????

    Yes.

    The NYTimes report on the dress rehearsal mentioned military bands. Here's my chance to hear some good music.

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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    Would your answer have been the same in 1861 or 1865?
    No, but only because I would have liked to have been present any day during Lincoln's Presidency. If given my druthers, though, there are any number of other days where actual historical events occurred that I would much rather have been a historical fly on the wall.

    But otherwise I have no particular desire to have witnessed his inauguration per se. Why, you ask?...... It's a pageant, a ceremony. No, those don't interest me.

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    I'll miss it. I have a board meeting in the morning and drug-free workplace training in the afternoon. I'm sure staff will have the TV on in the conference room across the hall from my office.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    ... drug-free workplace training ...
    The mind boggles.

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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    The mind boggles.
    From drugs at the work place???

    I'll probably watch it on the internets. It is a fairly historic inaguration.
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    Maybe yes, maybe no. We'll see if I remember that it is on.
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    Have meetings all day - I'll guess I'll catch the highlights that evening. Ought to be fun flipping from CNN to Fox for different takes on the same thing.
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