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Netto Azure
January 14th, 2009, 01:10 PM
Watch the Obama Inarguration Live on the BBC! (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/americas/2008/obama_presidency/default.stm)
http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2009-01-07-shepardobamaposter.jpg

Well, with less than a week until the Obama Inauguration. Many people cannot rejoice enough at seeing Bush "Settle Down" back in Texas. With some disastrous policies which essentially razed the US "Unipolar" standing in the world and ushering in the possibility of International Cooperation, I can't put into words right now what I think...Maybe later. =/

So thoughts on the Past 8 Years, and comments on the Inauguration?

The Obama Administration:

US President: Barack Obama
US Vice-President: Joe Biden (Also President of the US Senate)
US Senate Majority Leader: Harry Reid
US Speaker of the House: Nancy Pelosy
US Supreme Court Chief Justice: John Roberts

Current Obama Cabinet Appointments: (Subject to Senate Confirmation)
Secretary of State: Hillary Clinton (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#clinton)
Defence Secretary: Robert Gates (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#gates)
Treasury Secretary: Timothy Geithner (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#geithner)
Health Secretary: Tom Daschle (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#daschle)
Attorney General (Justice Secretary): Eric Holder (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#holder)
Homeland Security Secretary: Janet Napolitano (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#napolitano)
UN ambassador: Susan Rice (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#rice)
Energy Secretary: Steven Chu (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#chu)
EPA Administrator (Environment Secretary): Lisa Jackson (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#jackson)
Housing Secretary: Shaun Donovan (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#donovan)
Education Secretary: Arne Duncan (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#duncan)
Interior Secretary: Ken Salazar (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#salazar)
Agriculture Secretary: Tom Vilsack (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#vilsack)
CIA Director: Leon Panetta (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7716467.stm#panetta)
Commerce Secretary: Still Looking (Bill Richardson dropped out)

White House advisers:
National Security Adviser: General James Jones (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7759089.stm#jones)
National Economic Council: Lawrence Summers (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7759089.stm#summers)
Chief of Staff: Rahm Emanuel (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7759089.stm#emanuel)
Senior adviser: David Axelrod (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7759089.stm#axelrod)
Senior adviser: Valerie Jarrett (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7759089.stm#jarrett)
Transition co-chair: John Podesta (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7759089.stm#podesta)
Senior adviser: Pete Rouse (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7759089.stm#rouse)
Press secretary: Robert Gibbs (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7759089.stm#gibbs)
White House counsel: Greg Craig (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7759089.stm#craig)
Assistant for legislative affairs: Phil Schiliro (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7759089.stm#schiliro)
VP chief of staff: Ron Klain (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7759089.stm#klain)


Election Results:

Presidential Electoral College: Obama (D): 365 McCain (R) 173
US Congress:
Senate: 56 (D) 41 (R) 2(I)
(Minnesota Senate seat still "challenged")
House: 256 (D) 178 (R)

Honest
January 14th, 2009, 01:45 PM
My school is going loco about the inarguation. we litelly miss 2-3 periods of class to see it!

BTW, it the EPA admin the same as the Head of the EPA? Im asking because of a project, and this info is perfect!

Netto Azure
January 14th, 2009, 01:50 PM
^ I think so since the EPA can only have one secretary. =P

And I wonder how am I going to watch the Inarguration live on Tuesday. I have 2nd Period English at that time. =/ (I live in PST/ in CA)

Honest
January 14th, 2009, 01:54 PM
^ I think so since the EPA can only have one secretary. =P

And I wonder how am I going to watch the Inarguration live on Tuesday. I have 2nd Period English at that time. =/ (I live in PST/ in CA)

To bad. My school will take us out of class to watch it, even if we dont want to! XD

Haza
January 14th, 2009, 02:15 PM
I will be staying home to watch this. I cant wait til Inauguration.

icomeanon6
January 14th, 2009, 02:35 PM
I live in a suburb that's very close to DC, and I'm going to be sure to stay as far away as is reasonable from Washington on the day of the inauguration. Seriously, I know the city well enough to say that it's going to be a madhouse down there. Public transportation's going to be a nightmare, the DC metro system can barely get 40,000 people to a baseball game, but they expect it to handle the 2,000,000 people that might be coming to the inauguration? From what I've seen, most people who live around where I do are "meh" at best when it comes to the inauguration, because we all know that the logistics are going to be nightmarish.

Lucy Lu
January 14th, 2009, 02:48 PM
Oh man, I can't wait for this. I am glad I took some time off work. I am going to watch it on tv. I wonder if it is going to start during the day or early evening? Finally Obama is going to be swarm in. This is going to rock!

mewthree w/armor
January 14th, 2009, 02:53 PM
Just another day. 10 minutes later the coup d’état beings, and were a oppressive government under the secret control of the shadow government.

Netto Azure
January 14th, 2009, 02:53 PM
Uh, I think the actual swearing in Ceremony is at 12:00 PM Eastern ST. =P
It would have been more dramatic if he signed the $800 Billion+ Stimulus Plan right after that. XD
Hope you guy's watch it. ^_^

Just another day. 10 minutes later the coup d’état begins, and were a oppressive government under the secret control of the shadow government.

Aww, don't be so depressed, Just because the Republican's seem like "very bad" that doesn't mean such Banana Republic stuff will happen. The US is a mature Democracy.


You might have a point though: Why Obama's Bipartisanship can fail. (http://www.randomlengthsnews.com/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=218) But I highly doubt it. =D

We already have enough Problems on our plate, and a coup d’état would be "the last straw" for another US Civil War...

mewthree w/armor
January 14th, 2009, 04:18 PM
Aww, don't be so depressed, Just because the Republican's seem like "very bad" that doesn't mean such Banana Republic stuff will happen. The US is a mature Democracy.


I'm a Democrat who is disenfranchised with the system right now, who voted Republician because it was the lesser of two evils. I feel dirty.

I'm sure the inauguration will be a big celebration party, good for him.

Netto Azure
January 14th, 2009, 05:10 PM
I'm a Democrat who is disenfranchised with the system right now, who voted Republician because it was the lesser of two evils. I feel dirty.

I'm sure the inauguration will be a big celebration party, good for him.

Well don't feel sad. A lot of people I know voted for McCain, and I live in California D=
More than 47% of the Electorate voted for him so no bad feelings. The US never really votes outside the near 50/50 % mark between Democrats and Republicans which is quite surprising if anyone noticed.

Don't worry Today's Regan Democrats might be tomorrow's Obama Republicans. ^__^

XD

Mitchman
January 15th, 2009, 04:56 AM
He gets inaugurated tomorrow the 16th?! Wow didnt know i guess i am going to be up all night! I mean if he does say around noon thats 7 pm for me so i dont miss it!

Netto Azure
January 15th, 2009, 07:50 AM
He gets inaugurated tomorrow the 16th?! Wow didnt know i guess i am going to be up all night! I mean if he does say around noon thats 7 pm for me so i dont miss it!

No Mitch, It's on January 20, 2009.^_^

I really hope that everything goes smoothly. =P

♣Gawain♣
January 15th, 2009, 07:53 AM
It will be, and most countries will have their representatives sent there. That's what I heard from the news.

Mitchman
January 15th, 2009, 08:26 AM
Oh damn i thought it was closer. Seeing as this is an outdoor kind of thing we can be sure that the secret service will have every single rooftop, building and car cleared. Also i heard there is new bullet barrier technology only for obama. Kidding dont worry but yeah it hopefully will run smoothly. BY-BYE BUSH!

Netto Azure
January 16th, 2009, 11:10 AM
Well I heard that some Police Officers are taking Holidays 'cuz of the horrible Logistics. XD
But yes at least "bye Bush"...I hope everything is going to be all right. ^_^

Also : Huge Security for Inauguration Day (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/obama_inauguration/7831126.stm)

Harley Quinn
January 16th, 2009, 01:43 PM
Hmm. I don't think I'm going to watch this, considering I'm not American, in America and have no interest whatsoever.

Netto Azure
January 16th, 2009, 03:13 PM
Hmm. I don't think I'm going to watch this, considering I'm not American, in America and have no interest whatsoever.

Well you're French right? That's fine since Nicolas Sarkozy has shown great Leadership so you know how it is. But please do so if you can since as we've seen in the past 8 years, what happens in Washington does NOT stay there. XD

Oh it turns out our school is allowing the use of TV's in the Classroom to watch broadcasts of the Inauguration. So I'll be able to watch. ^__^

YAYZ!!!

Aurafire
January 16th, 2009, 03:56 PM
Well you're French right? That's fine since Nicolas Sarkozy has shown great Leadership so you know how it is. But please do so if you can since as we've seen in the past 8 years, what happens in Washington does NOT stay there. XD

Oh it turns out our school is allowing the use of TV's in the Classroom to watch broadcasts of the Inauguration. So I'll be able to watch. ^__^

YAYZ!!!

You know, not everyone thinks that Bush did a horrible job. Not pointing you out specifically Netto, but in case everyone else wasn't aware, a 30% approval rating isn't a 0% approval rating. There isn't this total national consensus that Bush is the devil in human form and is the absolute worst president we've had in the history of our country (I don't doubt that many of you believe that though ^___^). What I'm trying to say is...Just because most of the media hates him and often spins their stories to paint him and the republicans in a negative light, it doesn't mean that that's how the whole country feels. Quite the contrary actually, and seeing as McCain picked up all those votes on the republican ticket, that means that a good deal of people in this country still support basic republican policies and such, meaning that NOT EVERYONE thinks that the past 8 years have ruined our country. It's easy for people to automatically think that way just because most comments about him are negative, but please don't believe everything you hear, and remember to draw your own conclusions instead of letting other people do it for you.

That being said, I will not be watching the inauguration. Just can't bring myself to do it. There's no way I'll be able to sit through all those celebrity entertainers praising Obama and celebrating the downfall of Bush at the cost of 150 million dollars (And the media complains that Bush's inauguration was "extravagant" and "over the top", and yet won't even come to a third of the cost of Obama's). I'll admit that it's a very historic event, but good lord, it seems more like a party if anything. I think I'll pass.

True Reign
January 16th, 2009, 06:22 PM
My school is taking out three periods on Tuesday just to watch the Inauguration. It is important to watch since this is a moment in history where the United States shows the rest of the world that we are threw with racism (atleast the majority of all of us are).

On a side note, I enjoy seeing Nancy Pelosi as the Speaker of the House. My grandparents are extremely excited because they personally know Pelosy and her husband from college.

Vernikova
January 16th, 2009, 06:30 PM
-;4286370']My school is taking out three periods on Tuesday just to watch the Inauguration. It is important to watch since this is a moment in history where the United States shows the rest of the world that we are threw with racism (atleast the majority of all of us are).

My school is doing that too. All my teachers are going which means that I'll miss three straight classes, two that i don't like. I won't be paying attention to the inarguration though, I might be listening to music or texting or something. I'm not that interested in listening to what the Presidents ever do.

Netto Azure
January 17th, 2009, 10:15 AM
That being said, I will not be watching the inauguration. Just can't bring myself to do it. There's no way I'll be able to sit through all those celebrity entertainers praising Obama and celebrating the downfall of Bush at the cost of 150 million dollars (And the media complains that Bush's inauguration was "extravagant" and "over the top", and yet won't even come to a third of the cost of Obama's). I'll admit that it's a very historic event, but good lord, it seems more like a party if anything. I think I'll pass.

Well as I remember it, in Bush's Inauguration in 2001 There were massive protests in the "Walk to the Capitol," His motorcade was pelted with eggs, and the Secret Service was forced put the pedal on the metal on the Motorcade for our President's Security. =P

And this was due to the "Hanging Chads" and Non-aligning ballots and the Electoral circus in Florida on 2000, thereby Winning the 2000 Elections by only about 500 Votes! Not considering the Popular Vote...which he lost.

So yeah Bush's inauguration should be cheaper. XD

Also, in today's Interwebz generation, anything that is popular whether it might be politics or going "Green" requires a Party. ^_^
It's a tradition. XD

Yamikarasu
January 17th, 2009, 10:33 AM
I don't think my school is doing anything about the inauguration. They should though.

Either way, I'm sluffing my second and third period classes to go up to my mom's work to watch it on a huge screen complete with sodas, snacks, and friends. It will be good. :3

Netto Azure
January 17th, 2009, 02:02 PM
Obama begins historic rail trip (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/obama_inauguration/7835253.stm)

US President-elect Barack Obama is retracing the steps of Abraham Lincoln as he travels from Philadelphia to Washington to assume the presidency.

Netto Azure
January 19th, 2009, 11:55 AM
Also Aura one of the Reasons Tax Payers are paying over $100 Million is for the Unprecedented Security during the Inauguration. 8000 Police Officers, 10000 National Guard Troops, coordinated approaches by hundreds of federal agencies, Secret Service Agents, Coast Guard Fast Boats in the Potomac, Jet Fighters implementing heavily the no-fly zone over Washington D.C., 7 bridges from Virginia closed etc...
That's due to the security-fears stoked by terrorists espoused by the Bush Administration and assassination fears, plus the 3 Million+ expected crowds. =P

Obama honours Martin Luther King and urges US to work together. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/obama_inauguration/7837193.stm)
In pictures: Global 'Obamamania' (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/7837456.stm)
Americans are marking the annual public holiday in memory of black civil rights leader Martin Luther King - on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration.
The US president-elect helped to decorate a community project in Washington in memory of Dr King, who was assassinated in 1968.
Mr Obama paid tribute to Dr King and urged Americans to work together in "renewing the promise of this nation".


Time's Interview with President-Elect Obama (Excerpt)
(http://www.time.com/time/specials/2008/personoftheyear/article/0,31682,1861543_1865068_1865069,00.html)

When voters look at your Administration two years from now, in the off-year election, how will they know whether you're succeeding?
I think there are a couple of benchmarks we've set for ourselves during the course of this campaign. On [domestic] policy, have we helped this economy recover from what is the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? Have we instituted financial regulations and rules of the road that assure this kind of crisis doesn't occur again? Have we created jobs that pay well and allow families to support themselves? Have we made significant progress on reducing the cost of health care and expanding coverage? Have we begun what will probably be a decade-long project to shift America to a new energy economy? Have we begun what may be an even longer project of revitalizing our public-school systems so we can compete in the 21st century? That's on the domestic front.
On foreign policy, have we closed down Guantánamo in a responsible way (http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1858205,00.html), put a clear end to torture and restored a balance between the demands of our security and our Constitution? Have we rebuilt alliances around the world effectively? Have I drawn down U.S. troops out of Iraq, and have we strengthened our approach in Afghanistan — not just militarily but also diplomatically and in terms of development? And have we been able to reinvigorate international institutions to deal with transnational threats, like climate change, that we can't solve on our own?
And outside of specific policy measures, two years from now, I want the American people to be able to say, "Government's not perfect; there are some things Obama does that get on my nerves. But you know what? I feel like the government's working for me. I feel like it's accountable. I feel like it's transparent. I feel that I am well informed about what government actions are being taken. I feel that this is a President and an Administration that admits when it makes mistakes and adapts itself to new information, that believes in making decisions based on facts and on science as opposed to what is politically expedient." Those are some of the intangibles that I hope people two years from now can claim.

And I leave you with...Born Again American...
v/vBZSBGHm0RY&autoplay=1

Netto Azure
January 20th, 2009, 08:36 AM
In less than 30 Minutes, we have a New US President...Barack Hussein Obama. ^_^

I won't be able to watch it live though it turns out. TT^TT

Haza
January 20th, 2009, 09:23 AM
Im home watching him now. Is speech is really something(like always)

Alakazam17
January 20th, 2009, 09:29 AM
I just finished watching it live on the BBC. It was pretty good, I agree. ^^

Kazukii
January 20th, 2009, 09:32 AM
Whoo go Obama =D I'm so glad we have him.

Lucy Lu
January 20th, 2009, 09:32 AM
I am watching him right now. He is going to be the best President we ever had. I know the stuff he is saying probably won't happen overnight...but it is going to happen. I trust his judgment. He is going to save this country and the rest of the world.

wakachamo
January 20th, 2009, 09:35 AM
That, is how you give a damn speech.

AtomicoExploda
January 20th, 2009, 10:19 AM
Well, he is president now and it is pretty historic but i'm not sure how it would affect me. I think he'll do a good job, well, he sounds convincing anyway. It's kinda weird though, i'm really used to seeing Bush in the meetings and what not but now Obama takes his place... Good bye Bush...

Haza
January 20th, 2009, 10:20 AM
Wow. It was weird watching bush go goodbye in the helicopter but good riddance.

~Kavin~
January 20th, 2009, 10:24 AM
Wow. It was weird watching bush go goodbye in the helicopter but good riddance.


lol Yes this is a wonderful day. I have high hopes for Obama and I'm sure the rest of the states have those same hopes.

GunSaberSeraph
January 20th, 2009, 10:56 AM
I just saw the speech, and it was wonderful. I know it'll take a long time for this country to get back on it's feet, but I have faith that it will.

Went
January 20th, 2009, 10:58 AM
Reading the White House's Agenda page (http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/) makes me wonder if he will get to do it all.
I never thought I'd see an American politician promising that.

If he does (and I hope so), I'm sure he'll be remembered for something else other than his skin.

Kazukii
January 20th, 2009, 11:00 AM
His speech was touching and I have so many great expectations of him.

Snoaz
January 20th, 2009, 11:19 AM
Okay, that was amazing. Seriously, I am so happy that Obama has just become the new president of the United States of America. He can't possibly make all he said come true, but with his election something changed already. I'm positive that he will be a better president than Bush, and I hope that there will be more peace in the world.

I was really touched by his speech. I think we all feel the hope that he pronounced. For today, I wouldn't mind being an American; the last years, my image of America hasn't been very positive, but now, after seeing all those incredible images of the thousands and thousands of people in DC, and Obama's speech, it is clear that America will choose a different direction. Or at least, I hope it will.

You may say that this is only an important day for Americans, but then you don't have the facts right. Cause whether we like it or not, America is the single most powerful country in the world, and that makes the president of it the single most powerful person in the world. And that also effects other countries. But, for Americans it's the most special of course! :D
Anyone been there in DC?

Netto Azure
January 20th, 2009, 12:42 PM
Kennedy collapses at Obama lunch (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7841151.stm)
Veteran US senator Ted Kennedy has collapsed during the lunch being held to mark President Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington.

Obama vows to meet US challenges (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/obama_inauguration/7841169.stm)
New US President Barack Obama has used his inaugural address to hail a "new era of responsibility" in a time of crisis at home and abroad.

Speech in full:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/obama_inauguration/7840646.stm

I couldn't watch it. TT^TT
I'll have to get home and watch it from there on Tape. =P

Mitchman
January 20th, 2009, 01:04 PM
I must say 2 million people is a large number. And they dubbed it in greek so it sucked and all. I was literally shocked at the large amount of bullet proof glass. Why didnt they put him in a container of it for crying it out loud!

Jorah
January 20th, 2009, 01:07 PM
I watched it live on the BBC. When the speech finished, we had to turn over because someone wanted to watch Neighbours blah. It was a very good speech, I think. It was kind of cute how he messed up when he was saying the thing to make himself president before the speech (forgot what they called it, heh.) Yep, I thought it was very good.

Netto Azure
January 20th, 2009, 01:08 PM
It's called the "Presidential Oath of Office" Jorah. Do you guys have those for ur Prime Ministers? =D

beauty. proletariat
January 20th, 2009, 01:47 PM
Though he is very articulate and good at conveying his message, I doubt the speech was written by him. :/

I really wish they would give credit to the right people instead of saying "Oh. Great speech on bla bla bla. Obama ftw"

But I still liked his speech and yes he's good at conveying messaghesh.

Went
January 20th, 2009, 01:51 PM
Actually Obama is one of the few presidents who writes his own speechs, with some help from one of his 27-years-old assistants. But he mostly writes them himself.

Jorah
January 20th, 2009, 01:52 PM
It's called the "Presidential Oath of Office" Jorah. Do you guys have those for ur Prime Ministers? =D

I don't think so XD We don't have huge ceremonies or anything, it's what people have been saying...why don't we have huge ceremonies too!? It's very different here, we don't make a huge deal over the elections and people don't seem to care very much at all. It would be cool if we did have huge celebrations, I think. But then I wonder who would want to have a celebration for Gordon Brown...but that's a conversation for another day XD

Haza
January 20th, 2009, 01:53 PM
Ha. When he messed on the oath like 3 times Michelle Obama smiled every time. It was the cutest. It was the first time he showed that he was nervous.

beauty. proletariat
January 20th, 2009, 01:53 PM
Oh :O

Well then thats holy-freakin-awesome!

Loved it how he was sand-bagging bush :D

GFA
January 20th, 2009, 01:54 PM
Actually Obama is one of the few presidents who writes her own speechs, with some help from one of his 27-years-old assistants. But he mostly writes them himself.

Her?

I liked the ocean medafores, but he didn't use them after the opening, so meh.

It was funny he messed up on the swearing in. But it just means he's human.

Yamikarasu
January 20th, 2009, 02:18 PM
It was funny he messed up on the swearing in. But it just means he's human.

I was so disappointed when that happened, but actually it was the person who was telling him what to say that messed up, which confused Obama, so it's all good. :P

I am so glad I was able to watch it live on CNN, to bad the online feed kept lagging. Oh well, at least I saw all the important parts and heard his speech. I was trying to listen for the parts that would be remembered. Does anybody have any opinions as to what those are? I was thinking maybe it was "America is a friend of all nations" or "we will defeat you [evil doers, etc.]"

Anala
January 20th, 2009, 02:23 PM
I'm so happy right now. President Obama's speech was wonderful.Watching the parade right now, I'm at a loss for words, except to say that I'm very happy right now.

Chibi-chan
January 20th, 2009, 02:28 PM
It was great; I saw it in school today. The city that I live in is majority Republican so the atmosphere was a bit tense and there were a lot of ignorant idiots...but other than that, it was neat to see a part of history being made.

I just felt so embarrassed for him when he messed up the oath DX
If willpower could go back and change time, I would have done it ;-;

Netto Azure
January 20th, 2009, 03:28 PM
Whew...
Kennedy 'well' after collapsing (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7841151.stm)

Veteran US Senator Ted Kennedy is said to be well again after collapsing from "fatigue" at President Barack Obama's inauguration lunch in Washington.

Well I'm going home and watch the morning Inauguration...I'll tape the PBS Frontline Special too later...

So...Bye Bush?
http://www.salon.com/comics/tomo/2009/01/20/tomo/story.jpg

Bye. ^_^

~SilverSoul
January 20th, 2009, 03:58 PM
I just felt so embarrassed for him when he messed up the oath DX
If willpower could go back and change time, I would have done it ;-;

Are you talking about Obama messing up? I heard that he didn't mess up, the other guy did. Obama memorized the oath, but the guy reading it twisted the words. i don't know. I seemed to have watched everything but that. We had to go to lunch then :(

rosewisteria
January 20th, 2009, 04:17 PM
I am also very happy today. Though, sure, I didn't stay home from college classes to watch it like my other classmates but still, what a day! I loved his speech too. :) Beautiful like always.

January 20th, 2009, 04:38 PM
It was great; I saw it in school today. The city that I live in is majority Republican so the atmosphere was a bit tense and there were a lot of ignorant idiots...
Oh, put the partisan trash aside...there's no difference between a republican and a democrat; they both want money and power.

The Inauguration WAS indeed a splendid Hollywood-style production, as one of the news dudes put it. I really like how Roberts messed up the oath; it lightened the mood up. C'mon, the Chief Justice? That's big.
I didn't like that they put extra cell towers in to keep any signals from going in or something...I don't understand this technical stuff; I'm just repeating what I've been fed.

The speech was lacking. There was a lot of hype, and he gave us nada. I was criticised today for mentioning that nothing quotable was said by Mr. President, but it looks like the pundits have been agreeing with me. He had a chance for being added to the Government class worksheets, and he blew it.
He cheesily attacked the power of the market, which I didn't approve of. Everyone was talking about this peaceful transfer of power, but I thought that Obama was not too kind to Bush...and they weren't sitting far apart from each other.
Yanno, I'd hate to be Bush today. To see 2 million people gather in front of me to applaud at someone speaking against everything I stand for would ruin me. It's admirable that he kept himself composed the entire afternoon...but people saying good riddance to the former President need to grow up. A politician is a politician; it doesn't matter who is in power. Every President we ever have had have had their flops (Lincoln and racism (IIRC, something ironic like that...)...FDR and his attempt to add jusitices to the USSC). It's fine that you didn't like Mr. Bush; I don't personally know anyone that does. But he does deserve the respect that he kept our country from falling apart in a time of desperation for eight years. The same goes for Mr. Obama to anyone who doesn't like him...

When Mr. President was signing the papers right after his address, he used the same pen. History? I think so.

The musical performances were nice...but, meh, I don't really care for the choir boys from military school ~_~.

What I didn't like about this whole thing was all of the people, probably several of you reading this, see today as history and special. Why? Guess what, kiddos: history is made every day. The end of December marked the general elections in Bangladesh, IIRC, swinging to a different faction. History was made at the end of December, and I bet you were spending gift cards. Whenever the t.v. interviewed someone, I had a nasty comment ready; everyone was there to see history or witness someone of their own race (in the case of an African American) become President. These people don't care about the politics; they're not colourblind, either. They don't see issues, they see what the First Lady is wearing and the colour of Mr. President's skin (Obama is special in that his political career is short...he is not special in that he is not of European descent. Anyone who capitalises on this is not colourblind and needs to reassess their racist ideals). Look, it doesn't matter what party they are, what race they are, how old they are, what gender they are, or what kind of ice cream they like the best; it matters where they stand on all of the issues on the fore currently. Very few can name off ten things Obama promised (I know I can't); the game of a politician is to just get a small word or phrase into our heads that we recall and to ensure that we forget the details. In this case, Mr. President played the game well. It's 'change'. I was getting disappointed that it did not come up in the speech for a while, but he got there. Let's see this change, Mr. Obama. Make the country better.

Haza
January 20th, 2009, 04:53 PM
It was great; I saw it in school today. The city that I live in is majority Republican so the atmosphere was a bit tense and there were a lot of ignorant idiots...but other than that, it was neat to see a part of history being made.

I just felt so embarrassed for him when he messed up the oath DX
If willpower could go back and change time, I would have done it ;-;

Actually the guy who was in front of him made the second mistake and Barack noticed it and didnt want to say the wrong words and waited but he did make 2 mistakes himself.

Stronkadonk
January 20th, 2009, 04:57 PM
That's extremely stereotypical, just because someone is Republican, doesn't mean they are idiots.
Honestly.
But his mistakes... good god, the words were just spoken to you.
I don't like him.
If he does a good job, I will definitely change my view.
But god forbid Biden get into office... Obama > Biden < Palin < Obama

jasonresno
January 20th, 2009, 09:51 PM
That's extremely stereotypical, just because someone is Republican, doesn't mean they are idiots.
Honestly.
But his mistakes... good god, the words were just spoken to you.
I don't like him.
If he does a good job, I will definitely change my view.
But god forbid Biden get into office... Obama > Biden < Palin < Obama

He wasn't saying that they were idiots BECAUSE they were Republican. He said they were republicans who happened to be acting like idiots. It's not partisan trash. It's how people are sometimes.

Netto Azure
January 21st, 2009, 11:07 AM
Oh, put the partisan trash aside...there's no difference between a republican and a democrat; they both want money and power.

Well that is true in the sense that Politicians are hanging by the thread of Public opinion. Obama said so in his memoir "The Audacity of Hope." Well I would reply to your post, but I don't have the time. XD

Now I leave you with some Doctor Who:
http://thismodernworld.com/blog/revisedwho.jpg

Obama pledges 'era of openness' (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/obama_inauguration/7843424.stm)

US President Barack Obama has issued executive orders on government ethics and transparency as part of a packed first full day in office.