Happy Inauguration Day!

Looks like a beautiful day in Washington D.C. today! Cold…but sunny.

Even though I am a wee bit disappointed not to have received an invitation to an Inaugural Ball…not any, not a single one…

(Never mind that this 2009 Inauguration comes with a price tag of over $130 million! Billed as America’s biggest party. Looks like every rock star and actor and VIP on the planet will be there! Sheesh! Security alone for these A-listers is probably 90% of the tab. And just who is picking up the tab for this bash? Oprah? Nope…think again. The answer is the federal government…which is a code word for us little taxpayers. The ones who weren’t invited. Kind of amazing that there is enough cash for a 24-hour party in the midst of a deep, deep recession, when many states, like mine, are giving their teachers IOUs. But…I digress…)

What I meant to say was that I will be watching the Inauguration on television. Along with the rest of the world. I just heard on CNN that more people around the world will be watching this Inauguration on television than any other event in history…ever!

And I fully expect to have that catch-in-my-heart feeling as I witness another peaceful transfer of power in my lifetime.

Really, it’s a miracle we should never, ever take for granted.

And may God bless President Obama. There are enormous expectations heaped on those shoulders. May he surpass everyone’s expectations!

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Lily Ann says:

    Nice article and well stated. I would think while many Americans are suffering during this recession, the government would play it down a little bit. I hope this isn’t a glimpse of what’s to come….party first at any cost! I’ve often thought how I would react to the day if I were the president. I would vote for a small ceremony and of course the ball would still go on! Gotta have that new dress!But then, no one asked me for my opinion!

  2. Karen says:

    I have to brag a bit… Jeff and I got to WORK at an inaugural ball for the original Bush when we lived in Washington. Back then they only had 5 and we got to see him and Barbara come in and do a turn on the dance floor. Fun!