Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Those who expected to be wowed off from their seats with the Obama inauguration speech may have been left wanting today, as Obama gave the usual platitudes and some reconstituted stump speech materials in many parts of his speech. However these were interspersed with some interesting references to the dichotomies that separate the right and the left, as well as some very curious references. I have quoted some passages from Obama's speech today in black, and my opinion to them in blue. For example, a very interesting and carefully measured change from the usual "My fellow Americans".......
"my fellow citizens" vs. "my fellow Americans"
(a very interesting way to begin...perhaps in response to the many law suits filed claiming Obama is not a native born American?)
rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace
vs. gathering clouds and raging storms
(we are in a crisis, and this is going to take time)
"war against a far-reaching network
of violence and hatred" vs. "we will extend a hand
if you are willing to unclench your fist"
(the era of diplomacy is upon us, and hear me now...I symbolize a new beginning)
"we have chosen hope over (vs.) fear"
"unity of purpose" vs. "conflict and discord"
(I am in charge, and Bush is out)
"the time has come to set aside childish things" vs. "an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas"
(a slam on Congressional partisan politics)
"men and women (who have) struggled
and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw"
vs. "those who prefer leisure over work,
or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame."
(I will be a man of the people, the hard working blue collar Americans...."trickle down" failed)
"not whether our government is too big or too small"
vs. "whether it works"
(my government will get bigger to solve our issues, and it will work)
"who manage the publics' knowledge will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day" vs. "a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also the failure to make the hard choices"
(unfettered free market systems have failed.....a renewed call on transparency in government, and certainly the second proposed stimulus package)
"The success of our economy has always depended on the reach of our prosperity; on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart" vs. "the nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous"
(a little socialism and egalitarianism is not a bad thing....social programs are not a bad thing)
"know that America is a friend of each nation
and every man, woman and child who seeks
a future of peace and dignity" vs.
"power cannot protect us
nor does it entitle us to do as we please"
(the Bush doctrine is dead....diplomacy over bully pulpits)
All in all, what I feared would end up being a media circus and public Lincoln & Kennedy love affair, turned into a very well orchestrated effort, carefully planned, and seemingly well executed. Yes, there were spots I cringed, like during the opening prayer and the benediction, and that unfortunate train ride, but over all, the ceremonies met, and in the case of the concert, exceeded my expectations. They are obviously off on the right track, and seem to be the ones ready from "day one." Which, by the way, starts tomorrow. Stay tuned.


Papa Giorgio said...


Enjoyable Read... however, I would have given it five stars if there were mention of "rimming chairs."

A "fine hello" from the inaugural right.


Jennifer said...

I'm one of those unfortunate people who can never get fully caught up in the joy of a joyous occasion. One of the many "man on the street" interviews I heard today was a woman on the Mall who wistfully recalled that, "on the day after the election I woke my children up and told them that, while they were sleeping, Martin Luther King's dream came true!" Uh-oh. No doubt Dr. King would be thrilled and deeply moved by today's events, but we're headed for big trouble if we now allow ourselves to get lulled into a false sense of racism being over in this country. I'm truly happy and proud that we've come so far, and I hate to be a party pooper today, but we can't afford to get complacent. We've taken a huge step toward fulfilling Dr. King's dream, but there's still a way to go. I'm cautiously optimistic.

Papa Giorgio said...


I agree, we should (like Dr. King wanted) stop affirmative action and make all enrollment equal... well said Jennifer!


I would suggest more at my site (in the left-hand column under "Political Observations - see also the debate section for Thomas Sowell debating Welfare)


Kim said...

King wrote in his "I have a dream" speech that he was hoping to...."hew out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope."

And that is what the election of Obama is...just a stone of hope. Yes, the mountain of despair has eroded somewhat since 1963 when he had a dream, or in 1968 when he looked over the mountaintop, but it is still a mountain to climb.

In 1968 King said that "a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote, and a Negro in New York has nothing for which to vote." And for this brief moment, they could vote, and had someone for which to vote on the same day. And for this, they have a right to rejoice and be glad in it. Unfortunately after the joy of Obama Tuesday comes the reality of Wednesday.

Will this begin a new chapter in American politics? Not as long as there is only one Black Senator in Washington, and he has to be appointed in, at that.

No, clearly the election of Barack Obama has done little to realize his dream of the end of injustice, and the "transformation of the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood."

It may not have been a symphony, but it was a pretty cool song.

I just wished they had interviewed older / elderly Blacks, who went from the 1930's to today. That was the story, not someone who didn't have the slightest clue what the dream was.