I watched some of the inauguration and oath today and while I didn't get a "tingle up my leg" like some people, I could respect the tremendous moment of a Black man taking the oath of President for the first time ever. Despite all the screw-ups it was still cool to watch. However, almost as significant was BO's speech....some might call it somber, but his tone seemed to be more upset than anything, taking some subliminal shots at President Bush and just coming off in general like his "shine" of being the first Black president got ruined by all the actual work he'll have to do as President (can't call in "absent" too often now, peeps will kinda notice).
WASHINGTON — Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday and promised to “begin again the work of remaking America” on a day of celebration that climaxed a once-inconceivable journey for the man and his country.Mr. Obama, the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas, inherited a White House built partly by slaves and a nation in crisis at home and abroad. The moment captured the imagination of much of the world as more than a million flag-waving people bore witness while Mr. Obama recited the oath with his hand on the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln used at his inauguration 148 years ago.
Beyond the politics of the occasion, the sight of a black man climbing the highest peak electrified people across racial, generational and partisan lines. Mr. Obama largely left it to others to mark the history explicitly, making only passing reference to his own barrier-breaking role in his 18-minute Inaugural Address, noting how improbable it might seem that “a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.”
In a sense you got the feeling that Barack already knows that his honeymoon is just about over, all his talk of "hope" and "change" gets thrown out the window because now he has to actually "be" about it. Sure, his leftwing minions and the press will continue to "Blame Bush" for everything that's wrong with this planet, after all they have nothing else to fall back on. But the rest of us know full well that Bush has left the building now, Democrats control the House and Senate and a one-term Senator with little experience at anything is in charge--downright scary. Will all the yahoos who expected Obama to come in the White House and wave a magic wand to fix everything be patient enough to give him a chance? Or will the angry wolves turn on him the minute he fails (think Billary wouldn't run again in '12? you're kidding yourself)? Ok, so we finally have the first Black president. Now what?