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Hail to the Chief

Barak Obama will officially become the President of the United States on January 20, 2009.  It is probably the first inauguration in my lifetime that I have been keenly interested in and excited about.  It’s like Christmas, New Years, wedding days, and birthdays all rolled into one.  It is a phenomenally historical event.  All this mainly because he is black.  I write that with a little ill-ease.  Is it racist to think this is a special occasion because of the color of one’s skin?  At any rate, it is an awesome time.  It is always hoped that the United States is, well, united, in its diversity, in its people, in its two parties.  We are entering a time of great opportunity for change.  As in inaugurations in the past, we are always stepping forward on new ground, a blank page before us to right wrongs, and set lofty goals, and go onward to the future with dreams, hopes, prayers, wishes.  Mr. Obama speaks of change with a positive force.  And change is what we desperately crave.  Now is the time to open the door to the future and leave past what is past.  May this presidency fulfill those dreams and aspirations that every single president has had before him – may this presidency be a resounding leap to a positive future.  May all the best of all the presidencies behind him, be the support and springboard for a future of opportunity and excellence.  Hail to the Chief, President Barak Obama, and God bless the United States of America.

A Case for Security

As Mariah mentioned earlier, Security for tomorrow is going to be pretty heavy in DC. Like I said, I’m not surprised and here’s why: Some idiot from Wisconsin made threats to assassinate Obama via posts made on a website (www.alien-earth.org). He’s been arrested.

From the Reuter’s Article:

Steven Joseph Christopher, in three postings to www.alien-earth.org, said he planned to assassinate Obama in Washington “as a sacrificial lamb,” the department said in a statement.

“It’s really nothing personal about the man. He speaks well… But I know it’s for the country’s own good that I do this,” Christopher reportedly wrote.

“It’s not because I’m racist that I will kill Barack, it’s because I can no longer allow the Jewish parasites to bully their way into making the American people submit to their evil ways.”

Case in point.

Wild Card/Monday — 1/19/09

At Keokee Co. Publishing in Sandpoint, the staff is combining efforts to post their insights into Barack Obama’s inauguration with this new blog, Inaugural Afoot, here. Meanwhile, ThomG will be all atwitter with his Twitter feeds Tuesday (if he can get the signal out). The Wayward Episcopalian will be posting his thoughts in D.C., too. And Justin StormoGipson has been sending Huckleberries photos, like the one above. Finally, Video Journal colleague Colin Mulvany provides a poignant video of the Cheney High student who died in a car crash here. I’m off today, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. But I’ll be ready to moderate the discussion re: the inauguration in the North Idaho blogosphere Tuesday. Now, for your first Wild Card of the week …

Dogwalk Musings: New Beginnings

President-elect Barack Obama speaks at the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural concert in Washington Sunday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

It’s a new beginning for the country. We have matured to where we’ve elected a man for his qualities without qualification. How wonderful is that? At times I wonder if we elected him more for the man he would seem to be than for his policies. Quite probably. Next week the hype will begin to subside. The pundits will ratchet back up and start picking apart everything Obama. The realities happening around the world will again make the headlines. For now, though, it’s a time for the celebration of new beginnings. No matter what may lie ahead, I’m going to take the week and rejoice in the fact that this infant of a nation, which has been crawling for years, has taken a huge first step/Dogwalk Musings. More here.

Question: Are you filled with hope or despair as America stands on the doorstep of the historic inauguration of Barack Obama?

Obama Rally Draws 500,000

Obama, the first African-American to be elected president, looked out at the sea of people and told them, “What gives me hope is what I see when I look out across this mall. For in these monuments are chiseled those unlikely stories that affirm our unyielding faith – a faith that anything is possible in America.” He gazed fleetingly at the Washington Monument in the distance. “Rising before us stands a memorial to a man who led a small band of farmers and shopkeepers in revolution against the army of an empire, all for the sake of an idea,” he said. He looked at the World War II memorial down the mall, “a tribute to a generation that withstood war and depression, men and women like my grandparents who toiled on bomber assembly lines and marched across Europe to free the world from tyranny’s grasp”/McClatchy Newspapers. More here.

Question: Why is Obama so popular?

TT: Going To The Inauguration

Transplanted Texan: I jjust got a call from the office of Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH), my college congressman - I got inauguration tickets!!

Sisyphus: You bastard! I’m jealous. But as I understand it the tickets aren’t that difficult thing. Its the lodging

Bent: TT, I had tickets lined up too, but I had to turn them back because I couldn’t find a room. I was going to take my eighth grader, but I guess I really underestimated the historic nature of the event. The closest room I could find was in Tennessee …Transplanted Texan: was a little worried about that at first, Bent, but the power of being a college kid majoring in Govt is I know many poor recent grads in DC, so will crash on a friend’s floor for a few nights.

Question: Would you go to the inauguration if you have tickets and lodging?