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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'

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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)

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
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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)