Posts Tagged ‘Inauguration’

Good Collection of Inauguration Photos from all over

January 27, 2009

Some VERY cool inauguration pictures from here and abroad.  This one is, by far, my favorite. (Note, posted below is a slightly diff. image due to tech. issues, I refer to the version of this shot that’s in the link).  You can see Bush’s picture being replaced by Obama’s, at such an iconic symbol of our military and of our post-9/11 detention policies.  I absolutely love every time I see something that reminds me that these dudes, at Gitmo and elsewhere, see his name and his face with the title of “Commander in Chief”.  It just makes it so clear for them, in their own language.

Make sure you scroll all the way to the last pic too.

Drunkerson Cooper!

January 23, 2009

I’m beginning to like this game…the whole ‘watch-newscasters-act-wasted-after-the-inauguration’ game.

Our next contestant: Anderson Cooper!

Inaugural Address: transcript and commentary

January 21, 2009

Here is the transcript.

And here is NYT’s analysis of the speech: Speech Spanned History, but Confronted Bush

I, too, found it notable that he painted his presidency as a function of Bush’s—that he defined himself or his upcoming term as an end to the previous leadership.  I really think there would not have been an Obama now were it not for Bush.  I doubt Obama’s higher-minded politics would have taken hold to the extent that they did were it not for the very fertile ground in the minds of voters  for such a politics (Rove used division with such effectiveness and such nastiness, to such national detriment, that running as Obama did was received as far less naive and idealistic than it probably would’ve been otherwise).  Similarly, had it not been for the severity of the damage caused by Bush (and the vulgar demographic homogeneity of the GOP), I doubt the country would have been this willing to support a such newcomer with bold promises of nebulous change (not to mention, the little thing about his race).

Overall, I was quite pleased with it.  He had some wonderful lines, artistically speaking (“know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist”), and some very important lines, politically speaking (speaking directly to Muslims without bluster, including “nonbelievers” like me in his America).  It also made sure to lock into history that he inherited much of this mess, and to steer his supporters’ enthusiasm into a recognition of the challenges we all  must embrace.

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SECURITY

January 20, 2009

Awesome quote, courtesy of Ambinder:

25,000 law enforcement personnel. The Secret Service, the FBI and the Department of Energy are driving unmarked vans with sophisticated nuclear isotope detection gear capable of quickly determining whether radiation is bad or good. The FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team is deployed in several spots, as are FBI sharpshooters and more than 50 Secret Service countersniper teams. There are more than 5,000 cameras, all linked to the multi-agency command center, which is set up outside of DC. For days, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol helicopters have been watching for large trucks or tankers inside DC and have been tracking them, feeding information from the air to units on the grounds, who check them out. There are nuclear and chemical sensors set up on bridges surrounding the area.  Last night, the entire mall was swept for bombs by the Park Police.

Sometimes you do wanna curl up under the warmth of The Man.

(HatTip: Creedo)

Obama & historical significance

January 17, 2009

As much as I want to fight back my emotional response to this AP article, I think it’s important for our generation to remain (or become) conscious of the extent to which racial division and animosity was prevalent in our society just 50 or 60 years ago, as this article mentions.  But things were bad even more recently: the first half of the book Nixonland (regretably, ‘half’ is as far as I got before the spector of the LSAT loomed) totally opened my eyes to race riots in Watts, California and the on-the-fly deputization of white male citizens to shoot any black male on the street during the riots in Detroit—both in the 60s, a mere 40 years ago.