Day One, Year Zero: Inaugurating Barack Obama

by Ryan on January 20, 2009

in Election 2008,Politics

Here’s my take on today’s speech:

Shortly after Noon EST, Barack Hussein Obama took a public oath to become America’s 44th President. 

The pomp was extravagant ($170 million worth during the “greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression”, $49 million of that directly from our pockets) and still continues as I write this.  The Oath itself was a little bumbled by both Obama and Roberts, but it added something memorable, a light moment to an otherwise somber speech.

I liked some of what I heard, and didn’t like other things.  Here’s what I didn’t like:

“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.”

My blood boiled a bit when I heard those particular lines.  So, I guess, Obama is “hope” others are “fear”; Obama is “unity of purpose” others are “conflict and discord?”  Obama says our petty grievances, recriminations, “worn-out dogmas” (whatever that means) are strangling politics –  call me an old man, but we used to call that “debate” back in the Bush Years, and the Democrats were relentless.  The line which put me over the edge was that “the time has come to set aside childish things.”  The gall of this man to infer ostensibly that partisan debate is “childish” grinds my geahs.  Why?  Because he became the ultimate Democrat through certain parts of this speech –  the bickering will end and we can all get along… so long as you agree with me!

Also, here’s Obama as the anti-Reagan:

“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works.”

Umm… I’m thinking big government’s never worked to solve our core problems and limited government is much more flexible and respectful to our natural rights, but who am I to argue?  I’m just a childish political strangler — where’s my Kool-Aid?  There it is!  O-BA-MA!!! O-BA-MA!!!

Yet, I actually did really like this line:

“To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.”

In fact, the portion of his speech that dealt with foreign policy wasn’t that bad.  He swiped at Bush a little with the talk about renewing alliances (the last seven years showed us who are true friends are versus those who used us for temporary gain), but he quoted from Washington and gave brief mention to our troops overseas (I would have cheered them a little bit more than wallow on another expanded laundry list of green make-work projects).

This is Obama’s Day.  He won, and to paraphrase Andrew Jackson: “to the winners go the spoils.”  Now it’s time to go to work, Mr. President.  You can’t hide behind the curtain anymore.

Here’s some inspiration to those who feel like me today. Go to 4:20 for Truth.


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Sal January 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm

While I agree with your points, I honestly don’t think it was that great of a speech. It had it’s moments, to be sure, and Obama delivered it well, but I think the speech itself suffered from a bit of disjointedness and a lot of gloom. The crowd reaction seemed a lot more subdued than I expected it to be. I wonder if all of the people expecting hope-and-change were surprised about his comments on personal responsibility. But overall, I think it was not one of Obama’s better speeches, and not as well written as his election-night speech.


Southern Girl January 20, 2009 at 5:49 pm

out on a reader made a very good point:
“I have observed the same thing….remember this one, “I am HOPEFUL America will prevail”….strong leaders do not say they are “hopeful” but rather that they “know”. The greatest hoax has taken place at the heart of our country.”

Food for thought, eh?


Chris January 21, 2009 at 11:22 am

His speech should be taken by Conservatives as a blueprint to why big government doesn’t work. Every item he talked about (“Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet”) that failed has been at one time or another, entrenched by the Federal Government. Rememember Reagan’s message:
The nine most terrifying words in the English Language: “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.”

And I’m going to be particular about one more thing: We’re Americans, damn it! Use that term instead of citizens as the term citizens connotes shame of America.


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