Questions to ask yourself and talk to your children about after watching
Barack Obama’s Inaugural address
When I was a little girl, a newscaster approached me and my Grandmother (Nanny) when we were outside of the Shoprite in West Orange, NJ. As it was the anniversary of John F. Kennedy‘s assassination, he wanted to ask Nanny 2 questions; “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” and “What do you think the impact was of this event?”
This memory comes to mind on this great day as Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States. With such historical significance, I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re asked to recall where we were when President Obama was elected and what we think the impact of the event was on our country and on our families.
It’s in that spirit that I ask you, our Powerful Parents, to reflect with the Powerful Family Community on some questions and thoughts as you watch the swearing in ceremony and President Obama’s inaugural address:
(1) First, jot down where you are watching the event. Are you there in Washington DC? Watching at home? Watching with friends and family? Who’s there and what did you plan for this day?
(2) How did you feel when you heard the swearing in ceremony? Were you touched and moved? What thoughts ran through your mind about the state of our country or how your children and family will be impacted by this man and the decisions he will make with his team?
(3) What struck you about Obama’s address? Any quotes or messages that stick out in your mind? Anything you wished he would have said but didn’t? Anything he said that surprised you?
(4) How do you think this election will impact the US and world in 4 years? 8 years? 50 years?
(5) What do you want your kids/grandkids to know about the event after its over and for the years to come?
(6) What is the most powerful thing about this man and this presidency? What powerful words come to mind when you think of Barack Obama?
I will be watching along with all of you. I’m eager to hear your thoughts.