Normally, I would have had a post like this one out here much more timely. I just caught up doing too much multitasking last night and before I knew it, I had crashed. I was sitting there trying to keep up with the frenzied Facebook updates commenting on the speech, listening to the speech myself, getting two stubborn boys ready for bed, making mental notes on what I wanted to say.... Therefore, I figured it was best to just wait until today so I had time for it all to soak in.
First and foremost, let me say that from the moment that President Obama was announced, that entire surreal feeling overcame me again. Is it just me or do some of you still watch him speaking and continue to think it's too good to be true that he is our President? It's barely been a month now since the inauguration so I guess that stands to reason that it's not completely sunk in even yet.
Among the several things he said that struck a chord with me was that he indicated they are going to cut about $1 trillion off the deficit in the next decade. Once he starts making good on his promise to get the troops home, that will make a HUGE difference in saving our money. Just as President Obama stated, in the past, the administration never wanted to talk about the price tag of the war, but it was that very philosophy that has been having our tax money spent needlessly abroad when it could have been doing more benefit at home.
If I did not know any better, I'd think Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was the president of the President Obama fan club. She couldn't jump up to give him standing ovations fast enough. It's almost as if she was having a competition with the rest of the officials there to see if she could be the first one standing. The funniest thing about that was that you could tell VP Joe Biden was getting tired of it. That's what I like about that guy. It's hard for him to be disingenuous because his facial expressions always let you know where he's at.
The story of bank president Leonard Abess was very impressive. Not many American CEOs today would take a $60 million bonus and give it back to his employees. However, I'm not buying the whole thing about him not telling anyone and the local newspaper just happened to catch wind of it. How much do you want to bet they were "accidentally" tipped off? Still, it was a fantastic gesture on Abess's part.
Events like that always make me a little nervous from a security standpoint. Not so much when Bush was in office, but definitely now that President Obama is. They have the President, the VP, the entire Supreme Court, the Speaker of the House, the President's cabinet...all of those folks all in one place. If someone took out that one building, we would be screwed for leadership.
President's Obama's speech sounded much more like a speech he would give trying to get into office rather than one while he's already there. It was full of many ideas and plans of how we're going to get to a better place, but not many specific details. However, I have no problem with that at all. What he was doing was laying out the syllabus for us. Again, he's only been there less than a month so the details are still getting worked out. Much of it requires Congressional support so part of the reason for the speech was to hold them accountable as well.
As for the GOP rebuttal by Governor Bobby Jindal's rebuttal, it was pretty useless. I tuned out after just a few minutes into it. You would think the Republicans would have found someone more charismatic to represent them for a retort. You can't follow up an eloquent speaker with someone that looks and sounds like they are struggling to read from a cue card. What happened to Rep. J.C. Watts? I thought he was supposed to be the GOP's ace-in-the-hole for moments just like this one?
I can never get enough of hearing President Obama speak. As I have often mentioned before, it is SO refreshing to have someone in that office who possesses the intelligence to represent our country. This was the first Presidential Address I have watched in its entirety and thanks to the fact that we finally have a President who knows what he's doing, it won't be the last.
We all saw the Inauguration that made history, right? Which means we all saw how Chief Justice John Roberts had a little mishap with the oath. It seemed inconsequential at the moment, but a lot of folks are blowing it way out of proportion.
I seriously can't believe there has been such a big deal made out of this. It's just more proof that the President Obama-haters out there really have nothing better to do. More than that, they are so desperate to take any potshots they can at his administration just because their sorry excuse for a candidate (...cough...McBush...cough...) didn't have what it takes to make it.
My favorite part of the whole story was where it clearly stated thatper the Constitution, Obama became president at noon Tuesday without taking the oath.
In other words, Obama didn't even have to take the oath to become the President. For those that need the proof in black and white, here it is straight from the original document:
Section 1: The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin...
So contrary to what the online jokesters imply, no...Condi Rice was NOT the first Black President. It clearly states "their successors". The President Elect is the rightful successor to the President so there you have it.
Still, it does amuse me that there has been such a big hubbub out of the whole thing. So much that they felt compelled to do it over again? President Obama knew it wasn't necessary. He knew by the terms of the Constitution he was already President. As a matter of fact, he didn't even have an unkind word to say about the Chief Justice for screwing it up. He even scolded (albeit visually) his Veep when Biden tried to joke about it. Because that's the type of class that President Obama brings to the position. Too bad that hasn't been seen in that office in a LONG time.
No they did not boo Georgie when he got introduced? What about respecting the office of the President? I mean this was the leader of our country! If it weren't for him....BAHAHAHAHAHA! Whew! I almost got thru that one with a straight face.
I'm still not too sure about Michelle's dress. You all know I love me some color gold, just not feelin that particular one. I will give her credit for continuing to be her own woman though and not caring about what other folks say she should be sporting to events such as this one. Still...just not feelin' that outfit...
I didn't even realize that Directv had an "Inauguration Mix" going on where you could watch 8 different channels at once. Then I could always switch to the one that I want to watch based on what the thumbnail image was showing for that particular channel. Good lookin' out to my friend Toccara for hippin' me to that one.
Elijah tells me that his school refused to show the Inauguration to the students or allow them to watch it. Texas never ceases to amaze me with their level of subtle racism.
I seriously could not stop cheesing from the moment they showed Obama on his way to the Capitol. Even the Percocet couldn't get me feeling this high.
Okay...it's only a 35-word oath. It's probably one of the most famous parts of the U.S. Constitution and yet the Chief Justice STILL manages to screw it up when giving it to President Obama? That wouldn't have happened if Brother Thurgood Marshall were still alive and in that position!
Everytime they show the full length shot of all of the folks outside witnessing it there live, it is breath-taking. Over 2 million people all gathered to be a part of history. It looks like there's not an open piece of real estate for miles as everyone is occupying whatever space they can to be there.
Anyone can write a great speech, but few people can actually deliver one effectively. President Obama keeps doing it on a consistent basis. I'd hate to be anyone who had to follow-up that speech. Nothing would even come close. They might as well have just closed up shop and moved straight to the parade.
I LOVED Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowry for the benediction. They should have had him for the Invocation too. Reminded me of being back in Popoo's church.
You know how we always say "God bless America"? Well as selfish as that statement has always seemed to me, it is clear He has done just that. He made this moment possible and in doing so, He has given America an enormous blessing. We cannot thank Him enough.
Let's say you find out one day that a restaurant you had been going to for quite a while got closed down. The health inspector got in there and found out they had rats...and let's just say they had roaches too. They even had proof of that. Meanwhile, the owner comes out and says he doesn't know of any such a thing. He's never had rats or roaches. But since he can't run his business anymore, he wants to recommend another restaurant he thinks all his former customers should try. Would you dare eat there?
It's pretty obvious if you read any of the indictment documents that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is an arrogant, guilty scumbag. He gets busted for trying to sell Obama's former Senate seat and STILL has the audacity to try and appoint somebody?! Of course that selection would be tainted and no one would want that person around.
Nothing against Burris because I don't know enough about him as a person or his credentials, but that had to be the worst spot to be in ever. It'd be like that being in gym class hoping that you don't get picked by the guy who already has the sucky team. Burris could put all the spin on it that he wants, but he had to know that being selected by Blaggy was not going to end well.
In fact, I can't help but think that maybe Rowdy Roddy might have had some spiteful ulterior motives. Knowing that anyone he picked would not be accepted, maybe he chose someone who very well would be qualified, but he wanted to taint their record by having them being associated with him. Maybe Burris had more dirt on Rod and this is how Rod wanted to get back at him? Who knows. I wouldn't put anything past him at this point.
The word came out today that perhaps the Supreme Court could clear the way for Burris to take the floor. Because as you know, he went there yesterday and got Heismanned. If I was him, I wouldn't want to get in that way. Get there on your own merits, Mr. Burris and without being affiliated with one of the worst governors in the history of Chicago politics.
A stranger was seated next to a little Black girl on an airplane. The stranger turned to her and said "Let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger."
The little girl had just opened her coloring book and closed it slowly. "What would you like to talk about?" she asked.
"Oh, I don't know," said the stranger. "Since you are a Negro, do you think that So-called President-Elect Barack Obama is qualified for the job?" she asks as she smiles.
"Ok," said the little girl. "That could be an interesting topic. But let me as you a question first. A horse, a cow and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets while a cow turns out a flat patty and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you supposed that is?"
The stranger, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, "Hmmm...I have no idea."
To which the girl replies "Do you really feel qualified to discuss President Barack Obama when you clearly don't know s--t?"
I know some folks are going to get sick of me beating that Obama drum, but guess what? Get used to it! It's going to be like this for at least four more years! I tried to play nice and act like I had come down from the Election night high but I was fakin' the funk. I've still got a little bit of a buzz going from the whole thing. I know I'm not the only one so I do not feel bad at all.
Truth of the matter is it is all still a bit surreal to me. I still remember when the journey began (at least in Iowa) and it all seemed so improbable. One of my younger frat brothers had frat staying with him temporarily who was working on the Obama campaign. Brother Blake was helping to get the ground swell going for Obama in Iowa. I was very pessimistic that it could never happen. Then before I knew it, he took Iowa. It was on from there.
Despite the triumphant news we are still celebrating, I am a little apprehensive. Now I am to the point where I am genuinely concerned for not only Obama's safety, but that of his beautiful family as well. I don't care how far we have come to finally put a brotha in office, we all know there are tons of crazy folks out there still.
Even as Obama was giving him victory speech, I was getting nervous. There he was in Grant Park. All in the wide open. I just kept praying that security had done their job to the fullest. I kept thinking of movies like "Wanted" where they were showcasing assassin snipers taking out targets from miles away in settings just like that. I was wishing he would hurry up and finish so he could get back to a safer location.
I must admit that I am rather disappointed in the reaction of people who were not Obama supporters. Those that refuse to acknowledge the historical significance of the unprecedented moment. Those that refuse to admit that they have just been a part of living history (even though they didn't vote for him). Even McCain was big enough to point out the importance of the victory in his concession speech. It's just too bad that McCain's supporters couldn't show the same level of respect, class and recognition.
Regardless, January 20th can not come soon enough for me. There has never been another time that I wished I lived closer to the east coast so I could attend what will undoubtedly be the best Inauguration ever. I anxiously look forward to four years of President Barack Obama proving all of the doubters wrong. Most importantly, I once again congratulate him for giving us this remarkable moment in history.
This was one of the most nerve racking nights ever. It started off real iffy. The first poll closings came in and McCain had 8 electoral votes to Obama's 3. You just KNOW they were whooping it up at the Republican headquarters. Fortunately, it didn't last long. Once those eastern polls closed and Obama was kicking butt and taking names, it was all over.
The best part about the night for me was how Obama took Ohio AND Florida. The two states that the Republicans cheated in and stole to give the election to Bush twice. To get those back in our favor was a huge slap in the face. I just wish we could have taken Texas too. Not that we needed it, but just to be spiteful.
Now...for the most important announcement that you all already know...ahem...
BARACK OBAMA IS OUR 44th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!
You know, I have been dancing around a certain subject a little in past posts for no good reason whatsoever. I have been trying to be politically correct talking about how Obama is the right person for the job because of what he can bring to the table. While that is so true, it should also be said that the most important thing about this election to me is that WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT!
There is nothing wrong with being proud of that fact. We as a people have had several outstanding accomplishments over the years both here and abroad, but it now all pales in comparison to this. Now little black boys and girls in school have a role model they can associate with when they proclaim that they want to grow up to be the President of the United States.
And please don't even get me started again on how joyous I am that the ancestors who helped make me possible are able to witness this piece of history. Three of my four grandparents probably thought they would never see this in their lifetime and yet here we are. There has never been a more perfect example of tears of joy.