Shopping cart is empty.



 

A Day the World Changed


January 20th started like most days this year; I woke up, got ready for work, and searched for a fresh outfit. I had the DVR fired up to record the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama but I had not planned to watch it that morning. After a shower I decided to click on the T.V. just to see where things were in the process. I thought about my companions and tried to place each of them in their lives. I figured Sharon, Leslie and Rachel woke up to watch it live. I hoped Cynthia and her class got to watch it live as well as part of a “busy work reprieve”. I figured Clayton was working on Inyo and Henry I placed squarely in his bed deep asleep journeying to Washington DC to usher in the new day - something of a spiritual MC. My thoughts wandered as I got comfortable on my couch. 12 hours later I was STILL on my couch with an encyclopedia full of awareness and feeling. This was one of those honestly fun days. A day that really transcends what you were "supposed" to do and honors what you DID do. The task of relaying a lifetime full of feelings in a single document is impossible – but I hope to relay some of them.

I tuned in to ABC 7's coverage of the event around somewhere between 7am and 8am. Though I was a few hours late I decided to watch my recorded (delayed) version from the start rather than miss what had already transcended. I felt like I wanted to see everything – and I do mean EVERY LITTLE THING. If Obama sneezed I wanted to see it. If Laura Bush slapped George I wanted to see it, if Senators were arguing about the seating arrangements I wanted to see it. The first thing I noticed when I got started was the richness and vibrancy of the light and color of the day... the WHOLE day. D.C. in January is one gloomy ass place (trust me; I have been there many times). The trees tend to be dead, the sky is overcast, and the buildings are drearier than Bush’s personality. But this day was different. Things were bright and fresh in a new kind of way. The colors were full and warm, and the gray sky actually had an artistic romance to it. Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer, and George Staphanopoulos had the call for ABC. Charles Gibson opened by saying: "I advise you to put your feet up, get some of your favorite drinks, get some of your favorite snacks and stay with us all day long”. I was WAYYY ahead of him. 3/4 of the country watched or listened to this inauguration and I am proud to be counted as one of them.

I thought back on how I wanted to attend the event in person. I looked into it but cost and time restrictions made it completely restrictive. I did enjoy the feeling of wanting to be there but quite honestly watching from home was just perfect. Some of that credit goes to my 65"HDTV but most of it goes to the Spirit of the day. I saw 1.9 million people assembled 1.5 miles deep facing the White House. I don’t claim to fully understand the dynamics of an assembly of this magnitude but the sight alone was awe inspiring. Later in the day they showed the 400,000 people that attended Bush's reelection in 2005 and it was a drop in the bucket compared to this - not on the same scale, not in the same frequency, and not on the same page of world achievement. 12 hours after seeing this image for the first time I was also inspired to hear that not a SINGLE arrest had taken place during the course of the day, not one person had died (for any reason) and the 2~3 medical issues reported were related to the cold, some minor heart trouble, and a woman being clipped by a passenger train. Shit, there were more senators having medial issues at the inaugural lunch! This defies even basic medical statistics and actuality tables for this number of people in a given time span. The protection MUST have been there. Through all the crowding the people looked so happy and inspired. I saw an 80 year old black woman in a mink coat doing the “hokey pokey" with some white punk rockers with nose rings. Never has the generation, age, sex, and race gap been melted down so sufficiently. It really had the feeling of a greater purpose, and it was clearly infectious. The mixed spirit of America was really on display and broadcast for the world to see.

I got teary many times during the day – I can’t remember all of them… Most were for reasons I would not have expected. I was EXTREMELY moved by Barack Obama’s decision to take the Oath on the Lincoln bible (the first to do so since Lincoln himself). I felt like it was such an honoring of the principal and the great courage that made this country great and an example of leadership and individuality. One man CAN change the world. Lincoln did it, and Obama has the opportunity to do it. I was even touched that Michelle Obama carried it out to the platform. I was also moved to tears that Michelle Obama’s mother is moving into the White House with the Obama’s (I told you not all of this makes much sense). I felt a strong family connection there, or something, that I really appreciated. As the procession of past and present leaders (from Bush to Powel) came out I really cried. I had feeling for each of them and I must admit it was the FIRST time I have had any feeling for most (Bush topping that list). I was really able to see them wrapped up in this change and I saw them as part of America and part of the new hope that has swept over the world. Like the day offered a BIG opportunity to surrender and most did. Again I noticed the beauty of the day and the warmth of the light – everyone looked so beautiful.

I watched Obama closely during the day. Starting with his visit to church (which felt included in the surrender of the day) and then on to greet the current president at the Whitehouse. I felt moved that Michel Obama brought Laura Bush a gift (a journal to record her memoirs). The announcer said that is the first time he had seen that. I really noticed Obama reaching out to Bush in spite of the terror he has caused. Almost as if to say; “we can start this as a new day with no grudges”. I think the world really felt that the 20th was a NEW day, Bush felt it, and I felt it. The power of luvv and joy and hope were present and the radiance was so tremendous you could not help but get charged up. This was truly a day for the “achieves of mankind”.

I cried when I saw Bush walk out during the inauguration. I cried when I saw Dick Chaney in a wheel chair. I cried when Magic Johnson said he was ready to “Go to work for Obama”. I cried when I saw the warmth of the day and when Obama and Michele got out of the limo and walked down the street during the celebration parade. I was particularly inspired by the amount of time the Obama’s spend OUTSIDE the limo on the road to the Whitehouse. I thought that was a real demonstration of trust, personal connection, desire to connect with the people, and even physical endurance. With all those feelings and energy whipping through and a 24 hour day of activities it takes work to walk a few miles waving to people.

I was touched that Obama was concerned for Kennedy when he had his seizure, and how honest he was in addressing it. And I REALLY luvved the Neighborhood Ball (the first of many the president attended). The diversity of artists, the feeling in the room and the energy were unmatched – really something to behold. We certainly have a black president (showcased with some nice dance moves), and people really luvv him. Now Obama must take the lead of America and I must take the lead in my own life. Many people count on me for Luvv, encouragement, and ideas. I am given the most powerful tools available in my life and it is time to use them at a new level. When the World hears YES WE CAN, I don’t want to be the only idiot with my arms crossed.

I hope this gives you a flavor of my feelings on this day. I get choked up even writing about the day and I am nervous to have it on the Welcome Clothing website – but these things needed to be said. I hope you enjoyed the quick recall, the day, our company, and our new world.

Eric Carver | President, Welcome Clothing


Permalink - Ed West - Wednesday, January 21, 2009
  




Newest Updates:

Newest Updates by Month:


    Search by Tag:

    Chuck Yeager Iron Mike World Record LA Marathon Free Energy Last Round Magic fall 2009 Disney Day hoopmasters Bacacky michael jackson Hot Cheetos Sales American Flag Easter Korea Color Wheel Nikola Tesla Assaf Lighting Nike KD V Elite Oregon Ducks Magical Journey Right Stuff City Slickers Tesla Coil Up North Giza Fire Red christmas Lorax Barocky Radio Frequency hoop masters Boxing Shirt Octopus Mariah Carey White Rabbit Emanuel Steward Welcome Store Wisdom Conscience joy Los Angeles to Antioch Israel hungry valley Adventure happy Alienware change Bolt Genesha Downtown Los Angeles Pink trick shot Space Ship Magic Pool Shot fresh fruitt Heavy D, Nuttin but Luvv Washington DC Magic Drops: Radio Frequency Lebron X iD Oregon Ducks Curley david milch Trainer Re-Open happy new year Magic Drops Spin city world Ducks egg Manny The Freshnes Free Running Salt USA 7-11 disneyland Beautiful Music Video Champions Handbook Mystery Japan and America Excellence trust Work all LXD X-1 break dancing Youtube Jamie Foxx Born Again Los Angeles Jimmy Durante kung fu Adventure! Thanksgiving White Sister Act Marvel Shirt Rocky Balboa Nike Trainer Sphinx Space Flight Damon Wayans Welcome Egg in Real Eggs Ganesha One Round at a Time Taking the Lead Eye of the Tiger Skylight Buddhist Palm 19.19 Ducks Air Jordan Great Movies boxer Working Fighting Tee king kong May the Force be with you Cows Scoop of Chocholate Scoop of Vanilla cute sperm Truth Milk Miracle Take the Junp Welcome Back Tiger With You I'm Born Again custom t-shirts Bovine custom shirts Lunar TR1+ Los Angeles Marathon luvv wear California: Sacramento Barack at His Finest I Can Man Welcome Clothing Favorites Wardenclyffe Banjo Hot Cheetos and Takis Los Angeles from the Air Speed Thrills Shop by Color Olympics Jazz Great White Shark Matched Work Tee Shirt Greates of All Time Sharkman Green and Yellow Escape Wonder Spirit in the Church Mike Tyson T-Shirt Pyramids Protect Yourself At All Times Alec Baldwin melrose PE Raise Luvving is my Business star wars Oregon Turkey principle Africa Kobe Bryant Welcome Sphinx Ira and Barry the speach Radiant Energy Speed of Sound Amer-I-Can Quit Elephant Print Suspenders Earth progress World of Welcome Heavy D Light Javier Sotomayor king Red Bull hope Still Flyer Than the Rest of Em Open for Business Crop Circle Space Billy Preston Wireless Energy Wale abraham lincoln Michael Jackson T-Shirt Grand Opening Sharks Medical Electronic Systems Venum Shirt: Spider Man Shirt so you want to be a boxer Coffee India fun sperm Ugly Duckling Barack Obama Welcome Clothing Project Remo Williams robot Chris Pritchard Ears on Alien American Tee Shirt Pool Haul Junkies Al Swearengen Welcome Salt video Barak Obama American Pride 2pac new year RJJ Happy Easter 2012 View of LA The Challenge Puma Sparing inaguration ball New Money Question Mark Womens Training Shirt phantom Hot Steppa Flyer Than the Rest of Em Can't be Touched Symbol of I CAN Staples every day is christmas when you are in luvv South Africa tupac shakur hollywood Unleash the Dragon city t-shirts Boxing custom tshirts Corp Circles Reindeer Football Captian America Shirt High Jump World Record Junk Food Fighter Alien Whoopi Goldberg Welcome Easter Tee Shirt Tiger Woods Matchup Al The Badass Nike Boots welcome clothing hollywood penny Hollywood Hills freshnes turkey on a pyramid Spirit in Church legion of extraordinary dancers 15,000 Cars hoop hound Patterns happy sperm jamie foxx beat it mickey mouse 4th of July Cus Damato Killing is my Business pool hall junkies Best Of Boxing: Protect Yourself Cur D'amato BET Music Awards US Pride Roy Jones LDX Easter Eggs city shirts Super Hero Shirt Final Scene of Patters word record UFO fall collection Spintop Yoda Gung Ho Yes We Can Black Bomb spirit Marathon Friend abe lincoln Usain Bolt T-Shirt Flight Welcome Clothing Custom MJ Shirt The Man Who Came to Dinner Color Ways Diving Endeavour Milk Jack Lemon UK darth vador Grapevine walt disney Nuttin But Luvv Michael Keaton Salt Rolls Royce Phantom Super Star Black Hole Stud 20 years welcome clothing shop Tyson Veggie Hut fighting Welcome Birth kung fu hustle High Jump stephen chow Sound Barrier New Zesland Lightning Dear Mama Bugsy Malone Walking on Air Rail Splitter Decades of Conscience Ed Harris Tour Yellow Illusion Bites the Dust Drippin in Excellence Work Out Shirt popping bugsy Sphinks Syreeta Chuin Alien Ears Kaiser Sinanju welcomeclothing.com Welcome Clothing Kingdom of Hearts Shirt Space Shuttle Welcome Clothing Customs BET Awards Seven Eleven 7-Eleven Welcome Question DC California Beauty Best Drive in California Welcome Work Welcome Clothing Store Javiar Sotomayor MES Swimming with Sharks NASA inauguration day 2009 i CAN Bull Oregon Ducks Takis Mickey Ears Glengary Glen Ross Major Payne Egypt beat it 9.58 Guts White Fang You'll Be In My Heart Bugsy Malone - So You Wanna Be A Boxer Boxing T-Shirt Michael Rutzen American custom clothing luvv sperm Tesla Deadwood The Question usain bolt Bull Fear is a Friend myspace My Companions 1 Round Aliens Inky Take the Jump Slurpee Federal Reserve world Airplanes Orbiter Lakers Welcome Alien United States The Orbiter Live and Die in LA Syreeta Wright Wolf Fear Fighting T-Shirt Rising Up pyramid Custom Tee Shirts for Jamie Foxx Incoming Barak Obama T-Shirt I can Protection Shirt and Shoes Should Match Manny Steward Thunder Mike Tyson Speak your Heart Question All Retro 4s Yellow Round Beauty California Luvv Cliff Diving Beautiful: Lollipop Bling Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Beyond Creation Ramsey The Freshnes Suspenders Mickey Mouse Shirt Sperm Egg