After 9-11 the orgy of flag waving made me sick, but it made others feel good, to be a part of something that was big and was going to kick some ass on their behalf. Sort of like the phenomenon of SUVs and small women drivers behind the wheel feeling safe tucked in their metal cocoons.
Now with Obama it's just another day and I'm glad the weather is good. That is a kindness I am grateful for. No need for patriotism when you are barbecuing. Bin Laden probably hates us for barbecuing, but who cares about him?