Archive for January 20th, 2009
Instead of taking this day to reflect on the Inauguration and the eminent change facing us, how oh-so different everything is going to be, and every other overstated bit of hopeful drivel with which the internet is still a-buzzing, I’d like to muse on my relationship with the outgoing president. Sure, jabbing at Bush is [...]
Today I am celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States. I know that most of you already think of Obama’s inauguration as old news, even though it only happened a few short hours ago. Nonetheless, I am still celebrating and I’m proudly linking to a video of Obama’s swearing-in and [...]
Yes, our new Potus has, for the first time in an address by a President, explicitly included in his description of America that faction among us who don’t have imaginary friends. Hemant Mehta commented on this, but I saw it live via satellite and felt included. My fellow curly-headed 47 year old with a foreigner for a father took the oath of office, and included me. Not by name, but by my most often ignored demographic categories.
In the name of Fair and Balanced, the name of Jesus was also uttered for the first time during an inaugural ceremony during a painfully theistic invocation. Many in the VIP section crowd appeared uncomfortable with it.
Ted Kennedy, brother of the first Irish-American and/or Catholic president, was there to see it. Then he was taken to the hospital. Four former presidents dating back to the election of 1976 were there. And I forego naming the other 2,000,000 or so present at the moment.
The scene was so overwhelming that the President Elect (a seasoned and elegant public speaker) briefly fumbled during the oath. Quite a day!
What was on the mind of George W. Bush eight years ago? This NYT article describes the 2001 inauguration: George Walker Bush was sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States today and, in an Inaugural Address that sought to unify the nation after one of the most disputed elections in its history, [...]