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    Re: What did you think of the inagural address?

    I loved the speech, but i'm a liberal. But today was just a really awesome day in America, whether you are conservative or liberal. After all, conservatives and liberals love America and all she stands for, and today we all watched history being made. Some Americans may dislike Obama's politics, but I saw so many people put that aside today and just live in the moment.

    This morning it snowed in North Carolina, and there were cars that had skidded off the interstate because it was so slick on the roads. Me and two other cars pulled over and helped a couple get their car out of a ditch, and I noticed that the car stuck in the ditch had an Obama sticker on it. One of the cars that pulled over to help the couple had a McCain sticker on it. We were all strangers with different politics, but Americans are Americans. We help each other.

    Yeah, today was a really cool day.

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    Re: What did you think of the inagural address?

    Quote Originally Posted by AuHtwoh64 View Post
    I'm fine with the inaugural address, but I'm not so sure about the "Oath" he just took, he so mangled it. I'm not so sure that he was actually sworn in. I'm still recording so I can't play it back as of yet, but there will be replays during the day. The feeling I got was that he was so self conscious that he got in front of himself a wee bit, stepping on his own lines. Chief Justice Roberts tried to help him out but that didn't work out so well either.

    I can only imagine the uproar of ridicule if GWB had done that.


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    That's funny; I didn't watch it (was at work), but my dad did, and he just told me Roberts mangled it, and that Obama was just trying to help Roberts.



    I wonder if Obama supporters will perceive or remember it that way, even if that's not really what happened.

    Whatever happened, it really doesn't matter. He was no doubt nervous.
    I managed to mangle my wedding vows both times. I'm not good at "repeating after" people.

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    Re: What did you think of the inagural address?

    On the way to work this morning, I heard a caller call in to a local talk-radio show. He was a conservative. He said he was keeping his teenage son home from school today, because the school was going to watch the inauguration coverage on television all day long.
    Instead, the caller claimed, he and his son were going to drive to Midland and welcome Bush home.

    I just now read that a crowd of 20,000 was waiting in Midland when Bush arrived.

    Hard to believe there are still that many die-hard Bush-ites around.

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    Re: What did you think of the inagural address?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    That's funny; I didn't watch it (was at work), but my dad did, and he just told me Roberts mangled it, and that Obama was just trying to help Roberts.

    Bwahaha! Either my dad was correct, or else the media is similarly deluded:



    "He [Obama] recovered quickly from a brief flub, caused by Chief Justice John Roberts mixing up the wording of the presidential oath of office he was having Obama recite. The word "faithfully" wound up in the wrong spot, but Obama got through it, thanking Roberts and then kissing Michelle."


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    Ha. This is kind of funny.
    My guess is that if Obama hauled off and stabbed somebody in the eye with an hors d'oeuvre pick during the inaugural banquet, the media would report that the person fell into it on purpose, but that Obama was able to remain calm and protect bystanders from injury.
    Last edited by 1069; 01-21-09 at 12:02 AM.

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    Re: What did you think of the inagural address?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    Hard to believe there are still that many die-hard Bush-ites around.
    25% of this country has to live somewhere in this country. Might as well be Texas.
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    Re: What did you think of the inagural address?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    It lacked substance.
    Isn't that Obama's motto?
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    Re: What did you think of the inagural address?

    I thought it was an eloquent speech, President Obama is a good orator. It was fitting of the day and event.
    That being said, it had bit too much "Don't worry world I am here and going to save you" tone for me to really like it.

    and the words "Common Good" used by any politician are like a knife to me.
    From the ashes.

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    Re: What did you think of the inagural address?

    He actually acknowledged atheists

    For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers.
    Most of it was fluff, as expected, but there were some good bits. I found the parts where he discussed diplomacy, commitment to science, and Constitutional rights encouraging, but there was nothing we didn't hear on the campaign trail.

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    Re: What did you think of the inagural address?

    It was good, I liked it. Beautifully delivered, but that's a given. Much has been made about his uh-ing and er-ing during non-scripted conversation, and it's been said that his only oratory skills exist in front of a script. Perhaps there is some truth to that, but man can the guy deliver a speech.

    Highlights for me:

    Quote Originally Posted by Barack
    This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth.
    I think that's up for debate, Mr. Obama. Maybe.

    We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
    I knew he was going to touch on these, but it's good to hear him say it again. It wasn't that long ago that America was at the constant forefront of scientific endeavor, both the research and development of the entrepreneurial world and the profound epiphanies of the hard and theoretical sciences. We can be there again, but we have to have an administration that understands its endless imperative. We can be the ones exporting alternative energy fueled vehicles to Japan(and everywhere else) one day, but it's just as likely for us to be left behind on that road.

    What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them -- that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.
    Yeah I'm all down with the whole New Optimism thing, but that's going a little too far guy.

    The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works
    Thank you.

    Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control -- and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart -- not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
    This passage really struck me and is evidence of the subtle consideration of economics - and how different factions view economics - that was part of what first attracted me to him so long ago. The word choice here is very, very careful. I imagine he spent a lot of time on this paragraph.

    For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers
    Goosebumps.

    Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.
    Good line. He challenges the dictators of the world with the threat of their own people. Specifically, of course, he is talking to Ahmadinejad, whose people mostly despise him. Inseminating the womb of dissent in a presidential inauguration...not bad.


    Yeah, it was good I thought. wooo barack yeah wooooo alright

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    Re: What did you think of the inagural address?

    First time i ever wanted a inagural address, i loved it. There were parts of it where it seemed kinda slow but i liked the music before and after the oaths.
    His speech in particular was very heartening, especially the hand of welcome to the Muslim world [and we'd better accept it -.-']

    I had one eye on Bush tho, i was hoping he'd do something. But no, he was perfect. Good on him.

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