How does it feel?

The new president was sworn in a couple of hours ago. I didn’t watch. I didn’t listen. I don’t like the sound of his voice or the look of his face and I certainly don’t like hearing any of the words that come out of his mouth.

Mabel and I ended up playing Monopoly this morning, since she’s off school and still in her pyjamas. It was delightfully retro, but it also felt a little like preparing for the new world order. There was a slight hysteria about buying hotels and snapping up property. Well, maybe just for me.

How does it feel right now? It feels confusing. In spite of my lofty aims to stay off Facebook, I’m on Facebook. I’m not looking for news, but sometimes it comes at me. The climate change page has disappeared from the White House website. So has the LGBT rights page. Are they just preparing to replace them with something even better? Something the same with the new name on it? Are they hoping we’ll forget?

Remember in Back to the Future when the guy in the 1955 diner says “Ronald Reagan? The actor?” when Marty tells him who’s president in the future? I feel like that guy, except I’ve been here the whole time. It’s still utterly surreal that someone could show up, decide to run for president, win nomination, win the electoral colleges, become president – with no experience in politics, no knowledge of how a country is run, no human decency, no integrity at all. How can that happen? How did that just happen? He said “You can do anything you want when you’re rich,” and apparently it was true.

I’ve been blogging for so long that I can tell you exactly how I felt when Dubya was re-elected. I was sorely disappointed, but then I shrugged and said that the world keeps turning.

This is different. This is not normal. This is not business as usual. The world is still turning, Obama said it’s never the end of the world until the end of the world; but it’s all wrong.

7 thoughts on “How does it feel?

  1. Life on Hushabye Farm

    The rational world is looking on in horror, we will spend the next four years hoping for damage limitation…because that’s the best we can hope for. It must be so much worse to be there, to try explain it to your children. The Women’s March is the world showing its disgust at what has happened and that is hope in itself xx

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  2. Candi

    I remember being thankful on election night that it was the last time I’d have to listen to that sneering voice. How wrong I was. Smiley demanded her daily dose of S Club 7 here during the inauguration and I was delighted to listen to that instead for once. Even at this distance I’m having to make a conscious effort not to worry, and I see how my US friends are affected, especially those who have children with special needs. Here’s hoping it won’t be as bad as we all fear x

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  3. Office Mum

    I can’t imagine what it’s like over there, and I guess that even if there are lots of people you know who wouldn’t vote for him in a million years there are also people around who probably did – that must be hard too. As others have said, I think everyone is just hoping to get through the next four years unscathed. Or some other things that you can’t really write in blog post comments.

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  4. Joanna

    I don’t know what to say, the removal of the LGBT rights and Climate change pages from The White House website has shocked me, just when I thought that ‘man’ couldn’t get any more reaction from me. I’m sorry for the US and the world.

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