Wednesday, January 21, 2009

science in Obama's inaugural

Inspired by Obama's inaugural theme of "American Renewal," I made the trek to Washington, DC and braved the crowds for the inaugural ceremony. It didn't disappoint - the optimism and the friendliness of people gathered in the capital was invigorating. I've been especially excited about Obama's political appointments of renowned scientists, many of which are nobel laureates and national academy members. Which is why I screamed the loudest (of all 1.8 (±1) million spectators) when Obama said in his inaugural speech, "We will restore science to its rightful place." The wording was perfect; science, the application of observation and rational thought, deserves an honored position in government.

Below are my photos of the lively (but frigid) scene on Inauguration Day, Tuesday, Jan. 20th, in Washington, DC.

1 comment:

  1. It was an unforgettable day for me. I was so pleased to hear Obama's intentions for the returned prominence of science in our government. His reference to the importance of "data and statistics" near the beginning of the speech has to have been an inaugural first. Now we must observe whether or not these claims lead to substantive changes in policy regarding science, technology, and education that benefits both our nation and globe. Or maybe we finish our PhDs ASAP and get in on the action to be part of the change we've heard so much about...