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Obama: Nation’s Hopes Never Higher, Times Seldom Tougher, Give Us Your Highest Vision

January 20, 2009

My expectations for Barack Obama starting on this Inauguration Day could not be higher.

He’s a gifted public orator with a huge election win under his belt and “political capital” like few ever before him.  As the throng on the mall this morning shows, people from all over America love this man and expect greatness from him.

He has to deliver.

He has to change the nation’s course and perhaps that of the world.

I want to hear his real vision.  Not rhetoric.  I want to hear a master plan from a Harvard educated black man that has risen as high as any American can go.

I want to hear “We Americans are no longer the land of pork barrel spending, party divisions, racial strife and discord.  We will meet any challenge, climb any mountain….”

He needs to state a vision that is more than “hope” and less than a blueprint.  He needs to make me think all the talk in Congress on “infrastructure” in the stimulus is just a bunch of pigs talking pork.  I want President Obama to say, “Listen up.  There is a new law in town and in America and in the world…..”

What do the pundits say we’ll hear:

Washington Post:
“In his much-anticipated inaugural address, Obama will stress the need for “a new era of responsibility” as he lays out the challenges ahead….”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/art
icle/2009/01/20/AR2009012001146.html?h
pid=topnews

Related:
 Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address: What To Expect
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One of the most common themes among all the presidential inaugural speeches is hope; mixed with an uplifting message on the power of God and prayer and a brighter tomorrow.  Barack Obama’s speech will probably feature his trademark “hope” but he may also issue a real challenge of responsibility, public service and sacrifice.

Related:
Obama’s Inauguration Speech: Sneak Preview
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Inauguration: In a time of fear, a moment of hope
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Obama’s Genius, Inauguration Day, and Hope

The Washington Post says we should expect the “responsibility” theme full bore:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/200
9/01/18/AR2009011801517.html?hpid=topnews

From CNN:
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President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural address is one of the most anticipated speeches….
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/20/oba
ma.inauguration/index.html

The Obamas met with the Bushes at the White House on Tuesday after a morning church service.

The Obamas met with the Bushes at the White House on Tuesday after a morning church service.

'This is America happening'

Alabama NAACP Objects To “Gone With The Wind” In Obama Parade

January 13, 2009

They’re part of a long standing tradition that will soon become a part of Presidential history.

The head of the Alabama NAACP, however, wants Mobile’s Azalea Trail Maids to stay home on Inauguration Day, claiming the group reminds him of slavery.

“These are not just regular costumes.  These are the costumes that remind someone of the plantation in Gone with the Wind,” Edward Vaughn said in a phone interview.

Vaughn went on to say the group would be the laughing stock of the Inauguration.  County leaders say nothing could be further from the truth.

“We want everyone to know that these young ladies do not need to be identified with slavery,” said Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine. 

“I don’t see what the dresses have to do with racism. I don’t see it. It’s just a regular dress to me.  Just a dress they wore back in the day,” said Carolyn Tius of Montgomery.

Organizers stand behind the tradition, but opponents say tradition is the problem.

“We needed something that could show Alabama’s great progress rather than something that shows a shameful past,” Vaughn said.

Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA)

Burris Caper Highlights Bad Thinking of Congressional Democrats, Harry Reid

January 8, 2009

Harry Reid, what the heck were you thinking?

And legal advisors, Democrats, and staff: where were you on this circus?

With a clear majority in Congress, a President-elect like we’ve never had before and an inauguration promising to bring out the largest crowds ever, how in the world could a dishonored Governor in Illinois and his antics give the Democratic Party a black eye?

One wonders….

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By CHARLES BABINGTON
Associated Press

Senate Democrats who thought they could push away Roland Burris misjudged the racial fallout, underestimated public reaction and wound up on shaky legal ground.

The blunders began when the Democrats, including President-elect Barack Obama, insisted they would not seat Burris as the Senate’s only black member because the appointment came from a governor accused of trying to sell Obama’ former seat.

On Wednesday, they all but admitted being outflanked by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, praising Burris and suggesting he soon will be a senator.

Eight days ago, Obama and Senate Democratic leaders saw Blagojevich as so politically damaged that they announced they would reject anyone he appointed to finish Obama’s term. Every Democratic senator signed a letter to the same effect.

Privately, key Democrats now admit they miscalculated from the start. They spent this week trying to backtrack and save face.

Senate-designate Roland Burris talks with Senate Majority Leader ...
Backtrack in motion.  Senate-designate Roland Burris talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Reid’s office on Capitol Hill, January 7, 2009.(Larry Downing/Reuters)

They had overstated their legal powers to block Burris’s appointment, they said, and failed to foresee the ability of Burris—a little-known Democrat with no apparent ties to Blagojevich’s misdeeds—to make himself a sympathetic figure in the national media.

Race complicated the matter, with many people asking how Democrats could prevent Burris from replacing Obama as the only black senator.

Underlying the Democrats’ initial response to Blagojevich’s appointment was a cold political calculation. Many felt that Burris, who unsuccessfully sought his party’s nomination for governor three times, would be a weak nominee when the Senate seat comes up for election in 2010. Knowing an incumbent senator can be hard to beat in a party primary, Senate Democrats had hoped to postpone acting on Blagojevich’s choice until if and when the governor was replaced, making it possible to put a more potent campaigner in the Senate seat.

Now, however, Democratic senators and strategists are reconciling themselves to the possibility of being stuck with Burris.

Read the rest:
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D95IKMDG1&show_article=1

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By Dana Milbank
The Washington Post
Thursday, January 8, 2009; Page A03

 

“Under these circumstances, anyone appointed by Gov. Blagojevich cannot be an effective representative of the people of Illinois and, as we have said, will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus.”

— Last week’s statement on Roland Burris by Democratic Senate leaders.

 

“He obviously is a very engaging, extremely nice man. He presents himself very well. He’s very proud of his family. He’s got two Ph.D.s and two law degrees, and he talked about how proud he was having those degrees.”

— Yesterday’s statement on Roland Burris by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

 

There were more caves in Washington yesterday than in the mountains of Afghanistan.

A week ago, Senate Democrats, with Shermanesque certainty and the backing of President-elect Barack Obama, said that Rod Blagojevich’s Senate appointee would not be seated in the chamber — no way, no how. “It will ultimately not stand,” they vowed. Yesterday, they executed a near-perfect climb down, announcing that they would be happy to have Burris in the Senate after clearing up a couple of minor technicalities — “a pretty easy hurdle to get over,” as Reid put it.

Score one for the Illinois governor, who, on his way to likely impeachment and possibly the slammer, managed to outwit the leadership of his party.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2
009/01/07/AR2009010703521.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Burris Says He’s a Senator; But Without The Oath, He Won’t Be One Even Tuesday

January 5, 2009

Senate Democrats struggled to avert a showdown steeped in race and corruption Monday as a defiant Roland Burris declared, “I’m a United States senator” despite boiling controversy over his appointment to President-elect Barack Obama‘s seat in Congress.

Several officials said it was out of the question that Burris would be sworn into office on Tuesday when other new lawmakers take the oath of office. The officials cited incomplete paperwork, but the dispute was far deeper than that. Burris was named last week by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who faces charges of having attempted to sell the seat.

By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent

Illinois U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris holds a news conference ... 
Illinois U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris holds a news conference at Chicago’s Midway airport Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, before leaving for Washington for a high-stakes showdown on Capitol Hill about whether he’ll succeed President-elect Barack Obama in Congress. Burris was appointed last week by embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Burris has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but Senate Democrats expressed the hope that the veteran Illinois Democrat would not violate protocol by attempting to walk uninvited into the chamber. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to address the matter publicly.

At the same time, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., appeared to leave open the possibility of a compromise after having failed to persuade Blagojevich to leave the seat vacant. Burris is scheduled to meet privately on Wednesday with the majority leader in his office a few paces off the Senate floor.

Burris, who is black, downplayed the issue of race at a news conference before boarding a flight from Chicago to Washington — even though supporters have given it prominence.

“I cannot control my supporters. I have never in my life, in all my years of being elected to office, thought anything about race,” he said.

As for Senate Democratic leaders, thus far unwilling to allow him to be seated, he said, “I am a United States senator. They can’t stop me from doing my senatorial duties.”

In fact, he is not, and cannot be unless he is administered the oath of office.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090105/ap_on_go_co/senate_burris_22

Rice: Obama election encourages people worldwide

December 29, 2008

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the country is not “race-blind” and “we shouldn’t deceive ourselves that we’re race-blind,” but said the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president was a key moment in history.

“I think all Americans were quite taken with the fact that we were able, after the long history we’ve been through, that initial birth defect of slavery, that we’ve elected an African-American,” Rice said in an interview taped recently on CBS “Sunday Morning.” And that’s enormously heartening for people in the country, but also people worldwide who still have trouble with differences.”

By Jesse Holland
Associated Press

Rice, who left segregated Alabama to eventually become the first African-American female to be secretary of state, warned that the United States still has problems with race.

“But I do think we’ve gotten to the place that we don’t see a person and say, ‘That’s a black person, therefore they must be …’ And that’s an enormous step forward.”

Rice, who was Bush’s national security adviser when the U.S. invaded Iraq and then became secretary of state in Bush’s second term, said the opportunities that are available in the United States still draw people from around the world to this country.

“People, even in difficult economic times, still admire, maybe even envy a little bit, the entrepreneurship of this country and its capacity to be productive,” Rice said. “But what really draws people to this country is that anybody can come here and go from modest circumstances to extraordinary achievement.”

Read the rest:
http://apnews.myway.com/article/200
81228/D95BVH080.html

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/
12/29/gordon.reed.race/index.html

Iran’s Ahmadinejad is at it again; predicts Israel’s end

December 13, 2008

I love how Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opens his mouth and spouts hate about Israel and it’s reported as news. And then I oblige by posting his diatribe here. Ahmadinejad’s latest affront was saying that Israel will soon “fade away from the earth.“

“The crimes being committed by the Zionist regime [Israel] are happening because it is aware that it has reached the end of the line and will soon fade away from the earth,“ Mehr news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying during an anti-Israeli rally in Tehran.

I think anti-Israel rallies are pretty common in Tehran. Fortunately, Ahmadinejad is full of proclamations but not prophesies.

Posted by Brad A. Greenberg
The God Blog
The Jewish Journal

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends an official meeting ... 
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends an official meeting with Sudan’s Foreign Minister Deng Alor in Tehran in this file photo from October 21, 2008.(Raheb Homavandi/Reuters)