Thoughts on the Obama inauguration
Posted by sanityinjection on January 20, 2009
Or should that be, the “Obauguration”? “Obamuration”? At least we know there’ll be an “Obama-oration”, and probably an “Obama-ovation”, too. 🙂
My local news station this weekend had a countdown timer counting down the minutes and seconds until the inauguration. I thought that was a bit much. Certainly, the inauguration of America’s first black President is a historic moment. But honestly, I don’t think the Second Coming of Jesus Christ would draw as much media hype as this day has. They sure didn’t fawn over Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. this much when he made his now-famous “I have a Dream” speech. I guess I just find it embarrassing when normally professional reporters start behaving like preteen girls at a Jonas Brothers concert.
Nevertheless, Sanity Injection wishes our new President well. Although he wasn’t my choice, he will be my President. If his success means success for America, I am for it; if his failure means failure for America, I pray he does not fail. In between the two, I expect there will be plenty of room for disagreement over how to proceed. However, we are already starting to see signs that Obama may start to have disagreements of his own with the strong left-wing faction of his own party in Congress.
It seems clear that millions of Americans have pinned great hopes on the President. I fear that the expectations of what he can achieve may be set too high. Meanwhile, today is his moment in the sun undimmed by any such worries – let it be enjoyed by him, his family, and all those who look up to him as an example of what they, too, may be able to achieve.