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The President of the United States

Posted on Jan 20, 2009
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At noon Eastern Time, Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States. His inauguration speech celebrated America’s history of progress, called for a new era of responsibility and rebuked the Bush administration’s abuse of the Constitution.

Below are excerpts from Obama’s inauguration speech, in no particular order. Click here for the full text.

President Barack Obama:

“Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America—they will be met.”

“As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations.”

“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.”

“We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.”

“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted—for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things—some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.”

“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West—know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, 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.”


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By cyrena, January 23, 2009 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

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KDelphi blathers on to her FREE public servant/therapists

•  “When I have actually liked what he says, I have gotten so tired of the hero worship of him I just cant bring myself to stay positive abou t him! I am serious! It seems that you cant just express support for SOME ideas, or some facets of his policies,. You have to jump in with both feet, and, saying something negative is akin to blasphemy! I am just not put topgether that way, and, it turns me away every time.”


Here’s what you don’t get KDel, This is NOT ABOUT *YOU* or even Obama, so it just doesn’t MATTER how YOU are fucking ‘put together’ or NOT! In fact, there is ZERO indication from your plethora of posts that you even ARE ‘put together’. In fact, the evidence is that you’re a neurotic train wreck, DEVOID of reason, operating on pure UNBALANCED emotion.

You don’t even realize how incredibly JUVENILE and silly you sound when you say that you allow the reactions of OTHERS, (as you interpret them – ‘hero worship’ ?) to affect your OWN opinions. Or, at least that’s what you say here.

“I’ve gotten so tired of the hero worship that I can’t say anything positive about him.” That’s really sad. YOU ‘think’ that others are ‘hero worshipping’ so that means your ‘job’ is to do the opposite. You say this ‘turns you away’ every time. But, you don’t really MEAN that, because if it really ‘turned you away’ we wouldn’t have to put up with your drivel here on TD, 24/7.

You say you don’t like ‘bi-partisanship’ which isn’t what Obama has actually suggested, but you’re too stupid to know what that even means. It’s about NO partisanship KDel, but then you’re too stupid to understand that either. You can’t type a post without your reference to Democrats and Republicans, which is exactly what the majority of us have to get beyond. You can’t, and you won’t, and so you share the toxins of your PERSONAL pathology. Everything you see is viewed through your partisan lens, and even if your intentions ever had any merit at all, the point never reaches through the overly emotional garbage that you spew here, making everything always about YOU. And as an individual citizen KDel, you are only important to yourself. You don’t provide anything to the common good, so if you dropped dead tomorrow, nobody would know or care.

So it isn’t ‘blasphemy’ for you to say something negative about Obama. In fact, that *IS* YOUR ‘religion’ and seems to be your purpose in life. So it will take the other 300 million plus of us, who don’t much give a shit about partisan politics, (especially seeing the damage it has created) to get beyond that and fix things. People like you –the small collection of wing-nuts that will always be on the fringes making a lot of noise – simply fall off or otherwise fade away, becoming more and more insignificant as times PROGRESS in a POSITIVE rather than negative direction.

As an aside, when you DO make the occasional intelligent observation, it’s always by accident and out of context. An example is a post from you yesterday on some thread that I don’t even remember the name of, but the GIVEN of course, is that it was about Obama. (You and troublesum are SO TOTALLY OBSESSED with Barack Obama that you put these so-called ‘hero worshippers’ to shame. Do you EVER think about anybody OTHER than Barack Obama????? (except yourself that is…another ‘given’)

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By cyrena, January 23, 2009 at 11:05 am Link to this comment

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Anyway, you were saying that Obama was a ‘moderate’ but that YOU say he’s a Conservative. It you had an IQ above 10, you’d know that in many respects, Obama’s ideology *IS* ‘conservative’ just as mine is, in terms of the founding principles of a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC. Any ideology that supports the RULE OF LAW is, in the purest political sense- a Conservative ideology. You’ll never understand that of course, because you are steeped in emotional partisanship, complicated by your obvious neurosis that prevents you from seeing anything objectively. You rely SOLELY on ‘labels’ and pigeon holes that are long dead (IF they ever had any applicability at all) and so you’ll just stay confused and miserable as long as you insist upon working with a reality that only exists in your own mind.

So get back to your Obama Voodoo doll and sharpen your pins. Maybe that’ll keep you busy for a while so the grownups can talk. And when grownups talk, we certainly entertain NON-partisan solutions for the myriad of problems that affect Americans today, regardless of their political affiliation. That’s why we know that when Obama suggests that if you don’t like his ideas, and IF YOU HAVE SOME BETTER IDEAS, then he’ll take them. Thing is….YOU NEVER, EVER DO!!!! EVER!!!!!!!

So, maybe you should either shut the fuck up, or go holler down a well somewhere.

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By mmadden, January 23, 2009 at 9:37 am Link to this comment

coloradokarl wrote “Will President Obama invest in our future? Will he invest in Corporate America’s future? Is Corporate America OUR FUTURE?”

Corporate America on Wall Street needs to be nationalized. The fat cats (Bankers and Corporations) have driven the USA to its knees.

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By KDelphi, January 21, 2009 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment

JFoster2K—If it was “for me”—save it for natl health care, does not help that most people cannot even afford any of the dresses we saw..

I am not in full support of the so-called “stimulus pkg”, but, if you go to, you wil see how likely GOP are to go along with ANY social spending. That is why I say screw ‘em. They will screw you back—-just give it time.

I like some of the things President Obama did today—well, rather proposed to do.(GITMO, capping govt salaries, talking more about bringing troops home from Iraq—-at a little faster rate than the SOFA, anyway) But.I do not want “bipartisanship”—we are to far to the right. It would take Che Geuvera to get us back to where we were under Jimmy Carter, even—or Nixon!

Dems disappoint and disappoint…I am not picking on P. Obama—we havent had a decent Dem (or GOP) in my lifetime—-for evidence look at the state of the country.

If you wonder why Obama has been analyzed so “completely” by many here, perhaps it is best to look at his “supporters” and the media—if they had not been so eager to quell all criticism—-it might not be this way.

When will the govt learn that USAns do not like to be told what to do?! We agree that the US is in deep sh*t—we disagree about what to do about it.

If one truly disagrees, I think one has a responsibility to say so.It only gets “difficult”, when people refuse to let others criticize without name-calling, and HUGE LETTERS and exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By Volma, January 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment

Ed Harges, Point taken, I will read and study and consider what you are saying…My question at the moment is if our elected officials are nothing more than payed thugs for Israel, then does that get the US citizens off the hook?  The money comes from the US tax slaves, we have allowed liars, crooks, and war mongers for profit to run this country into the ground, while taking out other countries. What I was trying to point out is what seems like a anti Israel prop theme, why didn’t I see this outrage against Israel, after 911, invasion of Iraq??? I read many versions of news, and blogs from a variety of sources, I like to look for core themes and most of them seem to be propaganda campaigns that are not always clear to me until later. When I see something new pop up, new themes, and question them, what is this about, why now, not before, what does this really mean, what’s being said????The message, rallying points, have created a natural distrust of any of Us against Them, mentality…If you keep people confused, guessing, this is useful too, because it creates apathy… I will go to the link, study,learn more about Israel, but I still think there is reality in the fact that Israel has been also used by the US for the interest of the US in the middle east…Not that the reality isn’t that the US is used by Israel, or really Israel owns the US….There still very well may be a war with Iran, I was told by some military people I know that “There will be a war against Iran by the US, regardless of who is elected President….it’s already on the table, planned and so on”  I didn’t want to believe them, I also wanted to believe that Obama is sincere, we are actually a free democratic country and that there still is hope..I see people vent on blogs, and comment sections, I do too, but this also feels like a pattern…It’s ok to vent, it’s great to share, educate, inform and examine discuss issues…But, I hate saying this, because I agree that when I heard Obama talk about personal responsibility, I felt it was code for…totally enslaving the poor for fun and profit. I don’t think that anyone cares about race, 2008, as long as the person of color is rich and successful, they are looked at as being better or equal…But try poverty, working poor, disabled etc on for size in the US, then you are officially lazy, cheating, lying, no good, unable to be responsible for your self and others burden to society…The poor are expendable, acceptable losses, not worth much if at all throughout the world, and here…But it seems that the finger pointing at Israel for all crimes in the middle east, where the US is just being used or owned by Israel is taking the responsibility for the evils that we pay for, by the politician we allow to run this country, by not really wanting to take personal responsibility for the decisions and the policies that the USA makes…Passing the buck, apathy and avoidance of reality, function, seems like just another form of blame put on another, person place or thing, to take away any personal responsibility or action from an individual…If nothing else, and Israel is really the owners of our country, how can we take back the US, if the politician we elect are crooks and liars…How can we actually get a hold on, get this country our country into a semi form of democracy, by the people for the people etc…Just putting idealism down, pointing out the problems without solutions, are just spreading the negativity and hopelessness..I am starting to think that we are a country of jaded negative self delusional hopeless people, who want someone else, God, Obama, the Great Wizard of Oz, to save us from one evil or another, whatever we decide is a threat to us individually, agenda’s, pet religions, political beliefs, whatever we group together to form the US against Them society .org…

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By JFoster2k, January 21, 2009 at 11:28 am Link to this comment

Fadel and KDelphi -

It’s a miracle… We agree on some things! (Actually, it’s not all that surprizing. I agree with you far more than I let on… you are both pretty sharp afterall, heh).

This big, glamourous event, while seemingly a bit too lavish when contrasted with our economic situation, was not really for Obama. It was for us. It was a cathartic exhale of the poisonous fumes we have been choking on for the past eight years and more. It was a celebration of the turning of the page. It was a validation of the greatness inherant in the vision of our founding fathers.

Today, we get down to work.

Proud2btrans -

I had the same suspicion. Obama did oppose his appointment. Yet, I got a kick out of how the President just stared at him and gave a subtle nod while he waited for Roberts to say it right. 

On a personal note, in my lifetime I’ve been subjected to and alienated by a devisive and partisan political process from the earliest presidency I can remember, Nixon, to GWB. The constant “us against them” mindset that has been so deeply rooted in our politics simply drove me to apathy.

It may be an illusion, but Obamas call for unity, not just between the Dems and Repubs, but for all of us as Americans, is a most welcome change. To finally feel that I am included in our democracy after a lifetime of disenfranchisment is an amazing sensation.

To finally see, in the most pronounced way imaginable, that my brown or black brothers and sisters are truly recognized as equals and their aspirations can be achieved just like any of us light-skinned folk, makes me weep with joy. It is the realization of the dream of this unlikely nation.

I know we still have a long way to go and a lot of problems to still address, but I guess what it really boils down to is that for the first time in my life I can say with conviction that I am proud to be an American.

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By proud2btrans, January 21, 2009 at 8:21 am Link to this comment

So what’s the deal? The Chief Justice has one task to perform on inauguration day: administer a short, well-known oath to the President-elect. And can John Roberts perform that assigned task in a competent, professional manner without stumbling all over and leaving out words? Apparently not. (Jeez, if you can’t do it from memory then at least read the thing so you get it right!) Seemingly, even such a simple thing as administering an oath of office is beyond the capacity of a Bush appointee. Either that or perhaps he pulled this stunt on purpose. Come to think of it, it would be typical of the Republicans, especially under the tutelage of Karl Rove, to subtly undermine Obama’s shining moment. In any case, I trust I’m not the only one who noticed this particular bit of incompetence and/or chicanery (take your pick).

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By Ed Harges, January 20, 2009 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment

re: By Inherit The Wind, January 20 at 8:39 pm:

OK, then: with big hair and heels, she’s probably visually taller than Barack - unless she stoops a little. I still maintain she’s ducking a little, like she’s afraid to be her full height. Go for it, I say!

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By cyrena, January 20, 2009 at 10:08 pm Link to this comment

By Fadel..

•  “..And surprisingly enough, I found Rev. Joseph Lowery’s words in his invocation containing the ingredients for that new engine…”

Well Fadel, I’m surprised you were surprised!! That means you’re gonna have to find some time to read up more on the Rev. Joseph Lowery, from back in the early days of the CR Struggle and since. He is the soul-mate to Dr. King. (which means that they didn’t get ‘em all…John Lewis was there as well, and did an oh so moving interview.)

So Rev. Lowery’s words of today are the same as they’ve been all along. Even an agnostic/non-theism person like me can do that kind of “Religion”. And yes, Rev. Lowery is definitely the man!! wink

As sort of an aside, the little ‘recitation’ he included about the various colors/races, is a spin-off from an old ‘rhyme’ that black folks use to recite back in his day. (he’s 84 or 85 now – same age as my dad).

Anyway, it went something like this, and maybe somebody else will remember it better than I do..

If you’re black – get BACK!!
If you’re brown – stick around.
If you’re yellow – you’re mellow
If you’re white – you’re ALL RIGHT!

I don’t remember there being anything for Red, but keep in mind the context. This was a rhyme from black people long accoustomed to oppression and discrimination based SOLELY on the color of ones skin. That meant that the closer you were on the food chain to be white, the better chance you had to ‘survive’ in the socio-economic structure of the day.

So, it was definitely a ‘tongue in cheek’ sort of an acknowledgment of the reality of those times. It is a blessed paradox of sorts, that the ‘rhyme’ has taken on a better application, and we see the progress that 40 years since the struggle has brought.

Anyway, I don’t know about the average atheist being annoyed with you, but I’m not. But then, I’ve never had a problem with other people celebrating whatever God means to them. (as long as it doesn’t harm anybody else.) So, maybe I’m not a true atheist. wink

Anyway, read up on Rev Lowery, and John Lewis as well. I bet you’ll hear more of this.

And, just in case anybody cares (and NOT because I’m trying to in any way shape or form, direct this thread into another discussion on Theology) the text of all the invocations/benedictions are at:

But PLEASE…we’ve had enough prayer for today. We’ve done more praying today than the average Muslim, and it wasn’t spaced out nearly as well. (Since I’ve been totally immersed in coverage since very early in the day, was prayed out by the time they got to lunch.)

Then poor Ted Kennedy, who I’d been so delighted to see just a while earlier, (I didn’t expect him to be there because of the illness, but then again, I did expect him to be there, because of who he is, at least as long as he had breath in him) had the seizure and that started a whole new round of the praying. That’s fine of course, but there’s a limit to anything. I mean…REALLY!! This was starting to remind me of when we buried my cousin, who had been a priest (Dominican) and then a Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church. It took a week to bury him, and I can’t remember ever doing that much praying in my entire life.

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By Inherit The Wind, January 20, 2009 at 9:39 pm Link to this comment

For those of you obsessed by Michelle Obama’s physique and height (OK, she IS really striking and lovely), you should know that she is only the SECOND tallest First Lady, at 5’11”.

Eleanor Roosevelt, at 5’11 1/2” was the tallest.

President Obama is 6’1”.

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By Ed Harges, January 20, 2009 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment

Volma writes:

“Has anyone noticed how the Iraq thing, you know the war and occupation of, has taken a back seat, hardly mentioned anymore since Israel’s massacre of Gaza….You know our country invaded destroyed murdered raped tortured and occupied Iraq and is still there…The US is absolutely no better than Israel…”

Volma, the Iraq war was largely FOR ISRAEL. It was planned as early as 1996 in the “Clean Break” paper, written by a group of nominally “American” Zionists for an Israeli policy think tank. They tried to get Clinton to do it, but he refused.

Read “The Israel Lobby” by Mearsheimer and Walt, for a start. The Iraq war was a major objective of the pro-Israel lobby. Why do you think the Democrats utterly failed to stand in Bush’s way? You have a lot of reading to do. The Iraq war is not some separate American crime that you can compare to Israel’s crimes. The Iraq war was a major triumph of Israel in its ongoing campaign to bend US foreign policy to its will. The Iraq war is PART of Zionism’s criminal history, as much as it is a US crime. That’s not scapegoating, it’s a fact.

Not only that, but the Iraq war was not even in the crass material interests of the US. Look, it’s bad enough when your country does bad things in pursuit of its own crass interests. But in the US, we have a government that does bad things which are not only immoral, but they’re totally against even our most selfishly conceived interests. We do them because Israel wants then done. If you don’t understand how this could be, you have a lot of reading to do.

And as for Bush’s crimes, which are many, we can be thankful that he did not include among them (if only because of the economic meltdown) the war against Iran which was the Israel lobby’s fondest dream.

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By Max Shields, January 20, 2009 at 9:03 pm Link to this comment

bruce radley it’s apparent you’ve got the pulse of America as empire.

Those who think that Obama is his “own man” just haven’t gotten an introduction into American Inc. This is a nation of endless war built on genocide, slavery and expansionism. Only the slavery has diminished (somewhat). This is an imperial empire. It is well documented. And it’s presidents are simply CEOs of the American Empire.

Gush all you want Fadel Abdallah and John Wright. Yes these are words…and when the next attack happens in Gaza or the US expands its presence in Afghanistan and elsewhere, as it may be suggested when Obama talks about about ‘extending a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist”; he is describing the role of empire.

It is an imperial empire who declares the rules of the game - who has a clenched fist. Who will be invade or topple, how should we look the other way when Israel strikes next. Remember the USA has not only looked the other way with Israel, we have actually had our military shot and killed by Israel; “top secrets” stolen by our sacred and most special friend - Israel. As they pour our tax payers cluster bombs on Palestinian children and civilians and make certain our airwaves shelter Americans from the truth.

And what has Obama done? Who has he chosen as his right and left hands in areas of foreign and economic policies? Who are his policy makers this many of many flowery words?

It’s been said, but the actions he’s taken (and that includes the moments of silent) are like daggers to the children of Afghanistan and Palestine.

While he is just now entering the White House he has taken his cautious positions behind realm of empire and at the disposal of the plutocrats that run the empires machinery and of course AIPAC, the special envoy to American by our special (very special) friend in the Middle East.

The words will fade. How long, again I ask, before those words become the shield behind which Obama manages this empire as it continues its trajectory, neither diminished by a changing of the guard nor forsaken by the tools of state.

Obama was not elected to “change” the system but to offer the one of two sides to the same coin (yes the Dem version of the Republican nightmare.)

As we look at the Capital, its trapings we should think about the history that gave us it and the constitution. These were the trapping that established the elite plutocrats. Those plutocrats rule today, and Obama has demonstrated his willingness to keep the engine humming (and it aint the engine of change for those of you still in need of the history of empire). Expect little else.

It has been the great American media which has made this triumph of sizzle over real substance, the cotton candy of “change” appear and make those who hold on to “hope” with the same furor as the teenaged girl at the latest super-rock concert. It was that forumla that has worked it’s way and continues to successfully. The potency was strengthened by the dimwitted George W. Bush; but the methods are not new.

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By KDelphi, January 20, 2009 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment

Bruce—Obama’s speeches are FULL of contradictions. That is how he can “change” anything he plans, and , people can still say, “He didnt say that!”. I have learned to take eveything he says with a grain of salt. By tomorrow that sentence may mean something entirely different.

When I have actually liked what he says, I have gotten so tired of the hero worship of him I just cant bring myself to stay positive abou t him! I am serious! It seems that you cant just express support for SOME ideas, or some facets of his policies,. You have to jump in with both feet, and, saying something negative is akin to blasphemy! I am just not put topgether that way, and, it turns me away every time.

It is alot easier to be all for Obamas these days. I cant say that I havent tried. I may not have said it here—but I did.

Ed—I know. I was just teasing.

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By CJ, January 20, 2009 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

Yes, as of high noon our liberal elite took the place of our (neo-) conservative elite. Yet at least a couple of times while listening to Obama’s address I wasn’t at all sure Bush hadn’t figured out some way to hold on for a while longer. Feinstein appeared, followed by claptrap, though nothing like that to be heard emanating from the pie-holes at MSNBC and CNN. Standard pomp and circumstance. Cheap talk more on-sale than ever before. Meanwhile, markets crashed, further obliterating actually worked-hard-for savings of millions (not in civil service but laboring in revered “private” sector) where only option was and is to “invest” and then pray that cherries will appear in a line when the time or dice come. (Vegas is shining city—no less literally than figuratively.)

Personally, I get a little steamed when a guy talks to me of taking responsibility just before he moves into zillion-room digs (at my expense) and then goes out to party with cronies also living the high life. Most especially when any of aforementioned, along with dead-beats in media, do that talkin’ down thing they do so brilliantly. To whom was Obama addressing himself, other than to Hamas and a set-up in Iran? Well, to us.

I get that the designated “brilliant” believe their “brilliance” essential in order to guide those of us not so brilliant out of the wilderness, out of state of loser-ness, if any will.  Or rather I would get it were any of aforementioned actually so brilliant as to say something brilliant, let alone do something brilliant. (I read Halberstam long, long ago: “The Best and the Brightest,” who failed then as they’ve failed ever since, and before too. But then we fall sucker every time, allowing them near to power.)

We’d do better by the worst and dumbest. (Bush/Cheney were/are neither.) Any of whom, among other things, would never think—out of so much “brilliance”—to espouse the most patent nonsense. None would talk of stuff like unity or change, followed up with patronizing talk of compassion (Bush before) and giving back, etc., etc. None would pretend that what isn’t is, and that what is isn’t. Or if any did, we’d know when they did because not so damnably eloquently “brilliant” sounding. (I’m certain Obama means well, but so have they all. Still, no affordable health-care, no fair wages, no fair housing, no fair education, no goddamn fair anything of any kind! All because “free” and “equal”? Deceptively presented as “equal opportunity.” Am I insane?)

Also to be heard was standard saber-rattling that seems to afflict every anointed leader/CIC elected head of the known universe. I took Obama to mean that the “war on terror” will continue (not to worry so much, Pat Buchanan). What’s more, America “will NOT apologize for way of life.” Presumably, because so obviously better a nation than any other that does not and never has produced so much landfill, nor given (sorry, meant to write, “sold,” except in the case of Israel and maybe Columbia and a couple other deplorable autocracies) to the known universe so many weapons by which any tyrant (petty or grandiose) might exterminate any and all who object to high-brow, high-handed theft of anything and everything necessary to the leading of the manorial life.

But you who have not so much do need to cut back, and then volunteer time and enegery (like you do on the job when not fully compensated for your labor because your bosses rake off a percentage deceptively referred to as “profit”) so as to make America something more—at your expense, not at power’s. You see? Being stuck in poverty is no excuse. Exhaustion is no excuse. Bill Cosby, also “brilliant,” formerly semi-funny, said so. And now, so has Barack Obama. Aided and abetted in the same ole con by the most nationalistic, obedient/obsequious-to-approved-of-celebrity masters of propaganda ever to come down that pike. Unto sickness.

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By Ed Harges, January 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm Link to this comment

re: By KDelphi, January 20 at 6:23 pm:

Oh, I’m just relaxing a little and letting myself enjoy the “People Magazine” aspect of things. I’m not totally impervious to the national partying that’s going on, you know! And they are both, after all, really adorable people. Just for today, I’m having some fun.

But I promise to get serious again, very soon, mmkay? wink

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By Volma, January 20, 2009 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment

Michelle O is a beautiful woman, confident poised and she looks like a really good person….The heels, one should never wear heels when they are not high heel people…If I had to wear her shoes, I would be tripping all over, they are instruments of torture…Heels are the last remnants, of clothes and accessories designed to hurt and maim women in the name of fashion!!!... Has anyone noticed how the Iraq thing, you know the war and occupation of, has taken a back seat, hardly mentioned anymore since Israel’s massacre of Gaza….You know our country invaded destroyed murdered raped tortured and occupied Iraq and is still there…The US is absolutely no better than Israel, in fact I doubt that Israel would even exist if it weren’t for the American tax payers…Israel has been a representative of American interests, guns bombs and all….The focus on the nasty Zionists seem to be some type of twisted scapegoating, when in fact our country makes Israel look a bit cleaner, less bloody by far….Well at least if we have no choice but to live in a fascist evil empire, they could come up with some type of better sedative, (like soma in Brave New World) other than antidepressants and tv so we all won’t go totally insane from the powerlessness over the USA Inc., atrocities that we seem to have no real say, vote or power to change…. What really bothers me is not being sure if change is possible, Bush really really showed peace loving honest protesters that they have no civil rights, and will be herded, jailed corralled if they dare stand up to the fascist regime..And there has been a lot of screaming, posturing, finger pointing and should haves by the left wing factions and it seems that Obama is all that we actually got out of it. Some of you need to stop pointing fingers at people who voted for Obama, like it makes you superior to have voted for Nader, yes because you are superior, the world is a better place, the sky is bluer, and you will in no way be affected by the realities of being a US citizen…And when it all goes down the tube, you can just get on your soap box and tell everyone “I told you so” yes smug superiors, who told you so, makes everything somehow ok….I am really burned out of the soap boxing, the words the talking, it’s time for action, action from everyone…“Your talking so loud, I can’t hear a word your saying”

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By bruce radley, January 20, 2009 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment
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To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, 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.”

    Seems to me that this passage is a contradiction.  The gnomes of Wall Street got their money by deception and a handout at gunpoint and still have their power intact.  The mainstream press doesn’t represent dissent but compliance.  Political smears still remain the national passion.  Worst of all it’s America that rewards this behaviour with a extended hand of grease while clenching a cocked fist.  America must still remain the nation that must be obeyed.

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 20, 2009 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment

If words are any indication, then I must say that I am optimistic after hearing Obama’s inaugural address. I liked in particular his saying that “we are a nation of Christians, Muslims, Jews and atheists…,” expressing the demand for mutual respect and recognition.

I also liked in particular his saying, “To the Muslim world, we seek a new way of looking forward, based on mutual interests and respect.” This implies that the previous administration did not deal with the Muslim world based on mutual interests and respect, but rather with arrogance and bullying.

However, putting nice words into action is a whole different story that have to wait for the actions of future before we pass a judgment.

But fixing all what is wrong with America is another long-term serious matter. To borrow a metaphor from the automotive industry, I would say that a mere tune-up will not do the trick; we need a whole new engine. And I hope that Obama will be that engine. And surprisingly enough, I found Rev. Joseph Lowery’s words in his invocation containing the ingredients for that new engine.

I know atheists will not like my words as they didn’t like all the exaggerated religious aspects of the inauguration. But my message for them is that they need to show respect for people of faith if they expect to be respected! This is the golden rule fore all humans to follow!

But regardless of the actual future results in bringing peace, harmony and mutual respect between the cultures of this vast world, America and the world today, with Obama at the helm, has far better chance to be a light unto the nation and a constructive force for peace as it has not been any time before! And my sincere prayers go to him to be protected from the domestic enemies!

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By John Wright, January 20, 2009 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment
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“As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations.”

Brilliant. Just brilliant!!!

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By elizabethe, January 20, 2009 at 7:32 pm Link to this comment

Phew, I hope he will not make it.  He did not win a democratic election, he won a corruption tryanny only incumbents are allowed and only he was permitted the media credential of allowance to claim the replacement of George W. Bush.

I did not vote for Obama.  I would never approve of any of his platforms or his vacant hope, change, and peace, when he is boldly offering red ink and increased military and lies in this speech tendered up front, note the ending…dissenters?  He welcomes them?  No, he did not face the challenge due for democracy to happen.

In a democracy when there are four outside challengers, OF COURSE I NAME THEM THEY DO INDEED DESERVE THE PUBLIC VIEW, Baldwin, Barr, McKinney, and Nader—four outside challengers who offered credible change, hope, and peace against two war mongering incumbents, this was not allowed by the corrupt media and Obama knows he holds THEIR VILLAINS LIMELIGHT SHINING TROPHY OF VICTORY AGAINST THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO CHOOSE WANTED CHANGE AND TO RULE AT THE BALLOT BOX FOR REAL CHANGE WANTED BY A NATION.

I wrote to my state Governor’s office and Secretary of State’s office and invoked the Tenth Amendment which protects us with granting powers not defined in the articles to the states or the people.  A new election where the incumbents must face their challengers in a SIX not TWO way race, is what I asked the state officials to submit for review of the election results and suggested it is due a “void” and required public informed SIX way contest to net a true winner.

Maybe if we ask, we will receive and usurp the corrupt media two party tyranny of media choices forced on a public as if they have no voice or justice at the ballot box where we are sovereign and rule.

True choice with challenge in limelight for SIX not TWO is possible for the people to claim is our right via the Tenth Amendment when the incumbents have used stranglehold powers against the people…2000, 2004, and now 2008.  SIX not TWO was REAL.  Who knew?  (The media knew.)  So did Obama, and his wife. THEY KNEW.

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By KDelphi, January 20, 2009 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment

Big B-“I was expecting a rousing speech calling for reversal of the crimes of the bush administration, the restoral of habius corpus, the immediate closure of Guantanamo, the withdrawl of all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the repeal of the patriot act, the ratification of Kyoto, The ending of the “bailouts” for the banking criminals, the creation of a national Medicare plan. In short, I had rather high expectations.”

NO offense, but, where in the world did you get those ideas?? Not from him! Are you sure you didnt just mold what he was saying into what you wanted to hear?

Of, were you being sarcastic..

Ed—Maybe so. But, your obssession with her body is getting a little creepy…lol.She’s gorgeous. But, I dont honestly know how tall she is, or he is. There are plenty of fans on here that probably know both of their measurements, their birthdays, and favorite foods…..

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By Ed Harges, January 20, 2009 at 7:14 pm Link to this comment

OK, I just watched their entrance at the ball.

I have no doubt: in heels, if Michelle stands up straight, she’s at least as tall as he is, probably taller. And so she stoops, with a sort of apologetic demeanor (“Gee, shucks, golly! It’s just little ol’ me — sorry I’m not tiny!”).

I bet he hasn’t even noticed this. I feel sure that if he did, he’d want her to stand up straight and proud, and wouldn’t care about the height thing.

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By Big B, January 20, 2009 at 7:01 pm Link to this comment

I was expecting a rousing speech calling for reversal of the crimes of the bush administration, the restoral of habius corpus, the immediate closure of Guantanamo, the withdrawl of all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the repeal of the patriot act, the ratification of Kyoto, The ending of the “bailouts” for the banking criminals, the creation of a national Medicare plan. In short, I had rather high expectations. I wanted to be reassured that we now have a competant president. A man not only willing to look towards a better future, but to deal with the transgressions of our past. For we have never delt with our collective failures and attrocities.

Imagine my disappointment to hear the same old tired political rhetoric, the same empty platitudes, the same shit that Bush has been shoveling for the last eight years! We are in a downward spiral because of our lack of vision, and our national obsession with living in the past. We need a leader to throw caution to the wind and do what is right, instead of what is pragmatic. We need an FDR, not a Calvin Coolidge.

The people of the US are a dim lot, easily led. If we learned anything in the post 9/11 US, we should have learned that we are a nation stuck on mob mentality. Bush used this mentality to gut the nation of it’s freedoms, often to cheering crowds. Barry needs to harness this same energy for good. Because this ship is heading towards the Iceberg. barry can either grab the wheel, or start rearranging deck chairs.

So far, I have not heard anything to lead me to believe he even knows where the pilots room is.

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By geronimo, January 20, 2009 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment
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What Was That?

yesterday losing its grip

tomorrow no longer on hold

yes we can

from now on

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By Ed Harges, January 20, 2009 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment

re: By cyrena, January 20 at 5:16 pm:

Well, besides that little ember of hope I was talking about, there’s also the plain fact that this guy simply cannot help being a substantial improvement over Dubya! The superiority is just there, like the Rocky Mountains.

But what did you think about the Michelle Obama thing - don’t you think she’s just not quite relaxing physically and letting herself be as magnificent as she is? Is it just the pain from the heels, as kdelphi suggests?

I feel like Michelle needs to spend an hour with a modern dance coach, somebody who can just show her how to *stand* and enjoy the simple, objective alignment of her splendid body. Just BE THERE, Michelle!

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By Max Shields, January 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment

And between shots of “feel good” speeches what keeps you high on the man as he goes about the duties of the empire?

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By cyrena, January 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

By G.Anderson, January 20 at 1:23 pm #
•  “Well, he made it…and I must admit I like him more each day..”
Me too G. Anderson. Me too. In fact, even as a non-believer, I’ll admit that I actually did perform a ‘shout-out’ earlier today, “Hey Martin! Check it out! We made it!!”

•  “I’m trying hard to not be suspicious and paranoid, because of the past political betrayals of both the Republican and Democratic party…..”
It IS hard!! I’m thinking it’s human. I think this is very much a ‘collective’ feeling, because of what we have collectively endured for the past 8 years.
The ‘hope’ comes from what I interpret as Obama being extremely serious about getting beyond the partisanship, (even without using that word himself) and if he can pull that off, the political betrayals (of BOTH parties) will fall off in an ‘attrition-like effect’, if only because there will be no need for it. The larger reason of course, is that we simply cannot continue to exist in that old partisan framework. It won’t work, and we have to be serious enough now to know that something has to give. (because it already has). So, there’s just no time for the bullshit now. Not to say that there ever WAS, (time for it) but…this is it.
Anyway, for me, this has been a genuine HOLIDAY. I can’t remember a ‘holiday feeling’ like this in many, many, years. I watched all of the pomp and ceremony, (which I generally don’t have much patience for) and enjoyed every single minute of it. And, since I was doing all of this in the mainstream today, (all the major networks did a really good job on this) it’s obvious that most Americans AND the rest of the world are very excited as well…for a whole host of reasons.
I read a comment from one woman who was estatic at the thought of adding 30 IQ points to the Oval Office overnight. Kind of like an awesome upgrade to your computer processor. (depending on what one expects their computer to do)…I’m a bit of a slave driver I admit…which is why I came up with the analogy I suppose. Now that I’m warming up to it, it seems good enough, since I too am semi-obsessed with ‘effciency’. (a little OCD on that.)

OK..time to get to work. There’s a huge mess to clean up.

Ed Harges,

I’m delighted to acknowledge that teensy tiny ember. You GO Dude!! wink

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By Max Shields, January 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment

How much Obama’s speeches will be a shield against what he does…repeatedly comes to mind as one listens to the mix of metaphors, the continued framing of “war on terror” while talking peace.

But these words are just that: words. The meaning is manifested in action or inaction. Letting 1500 Palestinians be slaughtered in the name of supporting our “special” friend is what we need to watch for.

We’ve all heard his speeches. They’re good, but at what point do they become evil in their purpose - to take a gift and use it to other ends….


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By KDelphi, January 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment

Just look at how decisions are made, when it seems to be “the people” vs “big money”. Israel, single payer health care, getting out of the Middle East, as invaders,etc.

I think I just heard that Pres. Obama will be “putting a hold ” on any last minute legislation that Bush signed! if he does that, high praise to him!

Ed—This is just coming from a woman, but, you know what i saw? She is rather uncomfortable in heels….(really high ones)I mean that they HURT! I cannot wear them at all, due to flat feet. I could be wrong, but, she just looked to be in pain to me.

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By jackpine savage, January 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

How about calling on the Congresspeople and bureaucrats of DC for some responsibility, sir?  I care not one whit that a celebrity is going to drink fewer bottles of water; what i want to know is will the people who have real power put the good of the whole nation ahead of their ideology and careerism?

And i will be interested to see how sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan will help secure “peace”. 

I’ve cut the man a lot of slack and rationalized several decisions for him.  So far i’ve been completely unimpressed, but i figure that i’ll just have to wait and see.

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By Ed Harges, January 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm Link to this comment

I do have one little observation about Michelle Obama.

I think she suffers a little form what I’d call “tall woman syndrome”.

She sometimes carries herself a little apologetically, a little stooped, with a sort of, “Aw shucks, I’m sorry I’m so big and tall!” air.

It’s a typical habit of tall, athletic-looking women. She looks like she’s afraid that in her high heels, somebody might snap a photo in which she appears taller than her husband. There’s probably nothing much that can or really needs to be done about this, but I find it noticeable. She doesn’t seem totally comfortable with her magnificent body.

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By Max Shields, January 20, 2009 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment

“Hope” how long will that continue. Every time Obama gives a glorified speech the “skeptics” will say “I have a little bit of hope”. That’s what kept Clinton going while he bombs serveral countries while “progressives” either slept or defended him against dumb attacks from the right and that Monica dress deal.

What we have, is a new CEO of American Empire. Just about anything that can walk and talk and chew gum is better than the idiot who just left…

We’ve had smart and it did nothing. Yea, civil rights bills were passed, while the US was slaughtering Southeastern Asians using African American and poor white boys as fodder.

When Obama shows that he can stand up to Israel, then and only than will he have shown some spine. So, far that aint been demonstrated. It’s all about getting along…mostly with the right…because he’s got you guys in his pocket.

As someone said, he can throw out a crumb here and there in a speech; but when it comes to action or inaction that’s what matters. The rest we’ve heard before.

Time to keep it local where it really counts.

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By Volma, January 20, 2009 at 3:58 pm Link to this comment

I won’t hold my breath..Like the other comments, Obama’s choices for key positions in the government is a totally different speech than he just gave… Last month, or so he gave a statement of his support to Israel, that America will be a “Nuclear Umbrella” to Israel…His speech, “called for a new era of responsibility and rebuked the Bush administration’s abuse of the Constitution”. Well only time will tell, as a good will gesture to the American people, he could start by restoring our Constitutional Rights, I would start to believe a little then…The crux of the matter is really “Actions Speak Louder Than Words”!!!All I hear thus far are words, his actual actions thus far in choosing his administration have been just the same old people who have backed, helped, enabled, and established the fascism that we have been held hostage to during the Bush Admin…It’s true that the NWO agenda has been in motion for a long time, pre Bush I and II…..This could go in many directions, if the guy is actually good and true, you can bet he will be targeted by professional international government assassins…I am sure that some good ole KKK type Christians/radical right winger will at least try…He may even end up as being the President with the most assassin attempts, on all sides… This person has stepped into a no win situation, he won’t please anyone.. If everyone hasn’t noticed, we are at the precipice, tip, beginning of the crash, the bigger better “Great Depression Part II” it’s going to be horribly bad, the fun has just begun…These are the good times, it’s all been set up to be this way, to me…No one could fix this spider web of dysfunction in four years, yet one…The real change that is needed is very radical, and that alone would cause a portion of the US to “get their patriotic guns out for fighten time!!!”  Maybe I am just too jaded and depressed, I wish this were the case one can only hope!!!I am just looking at the reality of the situation, and it’s huge….The good thing is that without jobs, extra money, homes will have to make cut backs, and cable will be one of the first of many things that have to go…This could be good, people may actually get torn away a little from it, to get a different perspective on what is being done to them…the internet alone is so full of propaganda, but at least as long as it stays free from government control, we can get more than just what the “Mass manipulates, Owners, Controllers” want us to see or hear…  This propaganda, for me, affirms the reality, that the internal deconstruction of the economic structure of the US is in full action, can’t stop it now mode!!! Ya hold on to your horses, gird your loins, buckle your seat, belts, grit your teeth, one way or another this is going to be a wild ride…Yeee Hawwww!!!!

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By Allan Gurfinkle, January 20, 2009 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment
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From the inaugural speech ..... “Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.” -

The greatest perpetrators of violence in the world are by a factor of 100 to 1 the US military and on occasion the Israelis.  We have killed hundreds of thousands, we have dropped ... ok let’s google…

The Israelis dropped 100 TONS of bombs on Gaza in one day in the recent massacre

In Gulf War I the US dropped 88,500 TONS of bombs on Iraq

I couldn’t find the stats for GW II but it is no doubt comparable.

The US is flying, today, 30 bombing missions over Iraq and 30 over Iran.  The AF magazine does a daily tally published the next day.

Obama’s rhetoric is twisted.  It stands reality on its head.  WE ARE THE VICTIMS.  This is insane.  The statement is identical in every respect to Bush’s rhetoric for the last 8 years.

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By Ed Harges, January 20, 2009 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment

re: By cyrena, January 20 at 1:50 pm:

Yeah, Cyrena, that was kind of nice that he threw a little crumb to us infidels. We’re not used to getting even that much.

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By dr wu, January 20 at 11:34 am #

Congrats on your new position but what’s will all the revs and bible stuff?


Good one dr wu!!! wink

I really did have the same question. One (Rev/Prayer/Benediction/whatever…) would have done it. Rev Lowery was all we needed.

I think Obama did a decent job of adjusting for the ‘overkill’ (in the bible stuff) by including us non-believers along with the rest of ya’ll.

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By G.Anderson, January 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm Link to this comment

Well, he made it…and I must admit I like him more each day..

I’m trying hard to not be suspicious and paranoid, because of the past political betrayals of both the Republican and Democratic party…..

hopefully the day of service was a message that his administration is not going to be just about standing in line for a handout or bailout, but instead a different way of doing business.

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By Claus-Erik Hamle, January 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment
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16 US Intelligence Agencies say that Iran IS NOT pursuing nuclear weapons. The UN inspectors in Iran say there´s NO EVIDENCE that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. The UN sanctions are ILLEGAL. Nevertheless, Obama recently said that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. So, IS OBAMA MAD ???

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By Ed Harges, January 20, 2009 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment

The best I can manage, given Obama’s Israel-centric foreign policy pronouncements, is a tiny bit of grudging, skeptical, hope. There’s a tiny ember of hope in me that he will stand up to Israel after all, or at least nudge our policy in a better direction, away from subservience to Israel.

How can anyone be celebrating today without any admixture of sadness or foreboding, after Obama gave his blessing to what Israel just did in Gaza?

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By M.B.S.S., January 20, 2009 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment

hawkish rhetoric, wall st. generating “great wealth”, blah blah blah.

get ready to fight this guy every step of the way.

democrats need to be under closer watch than republicans.  their rhetoric can be comforting and calming at times to those who would change america for the better.  do not be lulled to sleep.  watch his hands not his mouth.

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By KDelphi, January 20, 2009 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment

It was ambiguous. I guess that an inaugaration speech is supposed to be.

But the hawkish stuff, was not helpful, and, I am still trying to figure out whether “govt inefficiencies” is code for cutting govt programs. This would not seem to be a good time for that.

There are some that need to be dropped, but, I think that that is opinion. (one man’s pork is another’s bacon)

Bush is “gone”—but he shouldnt be. He should be locked up downstairs , by the sargeant at arms.

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By dr wu, January 20, 2009 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment

Congrats on your new position but what’s will all the revs and bible stuff?

Anywho, here’s some news ideas for numero uno:

Can Obama curb our ruling class? (Their greed is killing the rest of us)

Fact: America is giving money to rich bankers rather than the deserving poor facing foreclosure.

Hard to believe, huh?

My only hope, and here I hope that Obama agrees with me, is that these idle rich will become the idle poor real soon.

And I have a new idea for the President: limit profits to the inflation rate plus 2%.

This way people who invest in the likes of Madoff and other hedge fund geniuses, rather than collect their 20 % interest over a 30 year period, will have to get by with a mere pittance. This will be the end of the bubbles that plague capitalism and give the working stiff an even break.

Save the ruling class from their own avarice and greed.

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By omniadeo, January 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

“Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.” - Obama in Inauguration Speech

In other words, we will not dismantle the corporate miltary machine that invades other nations in the name of this lie to control world resources and real estate.

Wake up. Obama may be historic, even a great man, but we are being played.

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By coloradokarl, January 20, 2009 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

Will President Obama invest in our future? Will he invest in Corporate America’s future? Is Corporate America OUR FUTURE? These Questions and Many more as…..“The World Turns”

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