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Archive for "Jan 20 2009"

KA-BOOM!

Barry’s Invocation Speech

I sat, watched, ended up saying, “Where’s the 2004 DNC speech guy?” I have no idea what that “poet” chick was talking about (“boombox”? That’s SO fucking Nineties) when she had her turn at the microphone.And if you want to play “Warren v Lowery,” I say the white boy won, because Lowery said:

‘Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around… when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen’…

WTF? He’s bringing back Rosa Parks? Does Daddy Jesse Jackson got this dip on the payroll?

Whatever. Barry is supposed to SING when speaking, and maybe I’m a dolt, but this riff was the only part that sang:

The Official Text of Barack H. Obama’s Inaugural Address

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job, which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

Hey, I don’t trust anything borne in Chicago politics. But I hope… and even in a soft time pray, that Barry ain’t David Dinkins writ large.

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