Jan. 20, 2009

Signs of the Times

Today was Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. What a memorable day! Watching the news coverage and seeing the enormous crowd that was physically present for the occasion and also hearing that the broadcast was almost certainly have the single largest viewing audience ever gave me a few tingles. Barack's acceptance speech was moving and inspiring, but I think all politicians should use Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as their target: if you can't say it in under three minutes you need to edit. I suppose that there were a lot of Bush philosophies and policies to repudiate though, so I'll cut him some slack.

For me though the event was undermined by a comment a card-carrying Republican made to me this afternoon: "Now that racism has ended blacks can't use it as an excuse." Um, you just proved the opposite buddy. Aristotle said it best; one swallow does not a summer make.

 Listening to: Live With Me by Massive Attack from Collected.

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