Anyone else felt mentally and physically exhausted since the inauguration?

I was watching the inauguration live and following it on Twitter. It was great watching, and then a historian I follow commented on Ella Emhoff's fabulous sparkly coat, and everything after that was emotionally quite intense. The change in tone, language, how chat show hosts responded with joy to how CNN's Anderson Cooper was left practically speechless and totally amazed by Amanda Gorman.

It's been six days of recuperation for me. Thank god I'm on welfare.


  • @Matt Percival I'm really not, despite the current loss to satire. An adult man with a red button on his desk to summon a butler to bring him his Diet Coke is not my idea of a leader.
  • @Benedict Cosgrove Exactly. Now if only we can get some of that no nonsense powerful groove in the UK instead of idiots waffling on about the war, sovereignty, cultural whatever and blah blah blah.... we'll be good too.
  • I'm glad you asked this, Andrew. I've been sort of casually mapping the range of reactions and post-inauguration "symptoms" reported by so many people I know, especially here in the U.S. -- from relief and exhaustion to a sort of wary anticipation that we migth be all right after all, to continued rage at the transparent racism and corruption of the past four years, to a cold certainty that more white-nationalist violence is on the horizon, and on and on.

    For my part, on inauguration day I felt as if I could really, genuinely BREATHE for the first time in months. I have no illusions that the worst aspects of MAGA culture are going away any time soon - white grievance, xenophobia, hatred of science, distrust of intellect, adoration of thuggery -- but every time I hear or read the phrase "Vice President Kamala Harris" I do get a jolt of optimism, and something that feels weirdly like pride.

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