President Obama’s Inauguration — and my little girl

My 5-year-old daughter Allison, who loves kindergarten so much that she allows herself to be ripped from the comfort of her warm covers each weekday morning, wanted to know why she was out of school on Monday.

And so with the backdrop of Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony on the TV in our living room, I tried to explain to her a time that I was fortunate to miss. A time when a few of her classmates today wouldn’t have been allowed to be her classmates, and how a man like Dr. Martin Luther King and so many others did so much to bring needed change to our country.

Allison Podlogar

Allison Podlogar

“Just because they had darker skin, Daddy?” little Allison asked, her eyes as wide as they were when she got out of bed and saw the snow. 


“Sierra and R.J. wouldn’t have been in my class?”


And so, a few minutes before Obama was set to take the oath of office and make another grand speech, I told my daughter to watch the moment, even though a snow-blanketed yard awaited her and hot chocolate beckoned. So that one day, she could tell her children of a time when people never thought a person with “darker skin” could lead our nation, and how unfathomable such a time could be.

No matter your politics, this was history. And so I’m posting video of President Obama’s inaugural address so that I can readily find it and recall the wonder in my daughter’s eyes upon hearing of a world so unbelievable.


Filed under Barack Obama, Designated Hitter, Sports, Sports columns, The Sanford Herald

3 responses to “President Obama’s Inauguration — and my little girl

  1. Melinda Pierson

    That’s wonderful and perfect. Only a child can expose such things for being the lunacy that they are. On a related note, in school this year Catherine learned about MLK Jr and Rosa Parks and a bit about the civil rights movement. While I am thrilled that my child was being formally taught the values of equality and justice, I was a bit sad. Until the teacher told her about dark skinned people being treated unequally, she’d never even noticed that some people had darker skin.

  2. i don’t doubt that Obama will be a vast improvement for the U.S. and the rest of the world

  3. Saloma

    Yes, this was/is history in the making. A darker skinned man as our new President shows how far our country has come and opens the pathway for even greater things to come… study hard Allison… one day we’ll have a Woman running this country!

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