Sanity Injection

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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.


4 Responses to “Thoughts on the Obama inauguration”

  1. serendipity hopeful said

    As a foreigner who wants good things to happen in any and all parts of the world, I wish Americans will work more in harmony with their president. How successful Obama can be as American president will depend on how well his fellow-Americans can rein in their demands for their expectations to be satisfied.

    Keep the hopes alive.

  2. tubby said

    For me, the most memorable quote of the speech was “security emanates from the justness of the cause”. There were many other memorable moments, for sure. What a well-written and well-delivered speech!

  3. tubby said

    More highlights:

    “To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”

    “[…]we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”

    “[…]there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.”

    “But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.”

    We should all be so inspired by these words to make America a better place. Smile. Get off the couch. Think positive. Innovate.

  4. sanityinjection said

    Oh, and for the record, I thought Michelle Obama’s dress looked ridiculous. First of all, you are not getting married, so why are you wearing a wedding dress. Second, unless you are Olivia Newton-John, the one-strap look just makes you look like Wilma Flintstone.

    Of course, this is the same woman who wore a pea green coat and olive gloves to the Inaugural ceremony. Mrs. Obama is an attractive woman, but there are some things even the attractive can’t get away with.

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