- When the Clintons were getting seated, one student asked if Bill was Hillary's dad. I waited to listen to what the reaction was. One girl was like, "Uh, hello! That's her husband! That's Bill Clinton!" And one of the kids who said it was like, "Oh," with obvious cluelessness in his voice. So I sat back and thought about it... they were 4-years old when Bush was voted into office the first term. Duh, they don't know who Bill Clinton is!
- They wanted to know how old Obama's daughters were. I got on the computer and found out for them. They couldn't believe that Malia was only 10. They thought she looked their age or older.
- There was a lot of clapping going on. Some of it I'm sure was genuine. However, I'm positive that some of them just wanted to hear the sound of their hands smacking together. They were shooshed by other students actually trying to listen and watch.
- They were quite disappointed at how short the actual swearing in was. They found it funny when he couldn't remember the entire line of oath that was fed to him in the beginning.
- One student who I was sitting by is an obvious immigrant. And if he's not an immigrant, I know FOR SURE his parents are. He has learned English in the last few years and is a classic case of an English Language Learner. He's super smart in Math, but struggles in anything else having to do with reading and understanding the English language. Anyway, he was SO excited to watch everything. At one point he turned to me and asked what age Americans get to vote. When I told him 18, I could see him doing the math in his head about how much longer he had. It was so awesome to see that spark.
- When Biden was getting sworn in, a lot of kids wanted to know what his job was. I compared it to our principal and assistant principal, and then someone shouted, "If Obama gets killed, he takes over." Um, yes. Thanks for the clarification.
- They were also fascinated with the name Yo Yo Ma. They couldn't stop talking about the name when that performance was taking place.
I was glad I got to watch it with my students. Most were into it. Some realized the enormity of today. But most of all, I want them to be able to look back and remember that they got to watch when history was being made. I hope that many of them will be able to look back and say, "I remember when I saw the first African American President was sworn into office."
I know I'll remember it for as long as I live.