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Yes, we can! by Miss-M on 20 January 2009 12:51am
Yay! :)
Re: Yes, we can! by Lounge Trekker on 20 January 2009 12:59am
I can...I can make you giggle, laugh uproariously, snicker, titter, chuckle, and maybe even smile!

Loungin' Clown
Re: Yes, we can! by kazzzz on 20 January 2009 1:57am
I can't. Oh hang on yes l can! Yay!
Re: Yes, we can! by mrsthing on 20 January 2009 9:35am

This is THE. BEST. acceptance speech I've ever heard.

Re: Yes, we can! by bIG bLOGGER on 20 January 2009 4:03pm
..Speaking of Maya Angelou,another great lady (and writer) from the Deep South who will surely be in Washington today is ALICE WALKER,author of "THE COLOUR PURPLE."

I never before figured out what that was all about,but I think it is a metaphor for the coming together in harmony of the black and white races and Democrats and Republicans,etc.
Thus,if you mix blue(Democrat) and red (Republican) in your paintbox,you will get the colour purple...so if Obammy succeeds,there will be an awful lot of purple people about.... lol.

Re: Yes, we can! by sighthound on 20 January 2009 6:21pm
I'm speaking to you from a dehydrated nation, dehydrated from all the joyous tears that have been shed in the hopes that the United States may really be able to get back on track to be the country that our visionary Founding Fathers planned for us to be.

My mother was from a family that has been here since before the Revolution. My father was an immigrant from Canada. For the last few years when those amazing "founding documents" that Obama spoke so eloquently of have been so terribly defiled, I've really been considering emigrating back to my father's homeland. America, striped of that democratic vision, is just a bully who wants to rule the world to benefit the powerful, uber-wealthy, white, male, Eastern Establishment who was canny enough to cloak a clueless one of their own with a Texas drawl to get him elected. I find it quite fitting and hopefully prophetic that the evil Cheney had to attend the ceremonies in a wheelchair. If there is any justice in the world, his policies will be similarly incapacitated.

Obama will disappoint us, of course. No mere human being could fulfill all the hopes he has engendered. But I am absolutely convinced that he will amaze us. Goddess bless America!
Re: Yes, we can! by mrsthing on 20 January 2009 6:51pm
I like the way he included people of all faiths and people of no faith. It's about time we stopped confusing religion with patriotism. And I'm speaking as a long-time Christian.

Mike (my husband) and I watched it on CNN on a big screen at the library, starting around 10:30 this morning. About 150 people showed up, including some English friends of ours who are now American citizens. I wasn't prepared for how emotional I got. When he finished taking the oath of office, I jumped up and down, cheered, and burst into tears. It's been eight years of increasing anger, fear, and despair, but it's OVER! Even if Obama can't deliver on his promises, he's restored hope and reminded us of who we were before Bush took over. We're not perfect, no nation is, but we have the power to do great good, and I think we will start to turn ourselves around now that we have someone to look up to.

Impressions: ***SPOILER ALERT***

The tears started for me when the CNN commentator mentioned that not far from where Barack Obama stood to take his oath of office, there used to be a pen where the slaves were kept who built the White House. Then seeing all the black people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, I remembered seeing footage of a concert given by Marian Anderson on the steps of that monument, because the DAR refused to let a black woman perform inside. Eleanor Roosevelt publicly renounced her membership in the DAR over that. I also remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech from those steps, and how his dream was partially fulfilled today.

People in the library function room cheered and applauded former President Carter and former Vice President Al Gore. There was a polite smattering of applause for Bush 41, a bit more for Bill Clinton. Dead silence for Bush 43, and boos and hisses for Dick Cheney, wheelchair and all. (Mike said, a bit too loudly, "I'll bet it's just a play for sympathy." Heads nodded around us.)

I enjoyed seeing Sasha acting like a fidgety child during the invocation, and Michelle acting like a mom and correcting her. There was a shot of Malia checking out photos on her digital camera while her dad was giving his inaugural address. Somehow, I don't have the same sense of mystique about the Obamas as I did about the Kennedys and Carters. They seem like real people, despite having celebrity thrust upon them--showered upon them.

I loved Aretha Franklin's rendition of "My Country Tis of Thee", and Obama's amazing, stirring, hard-hitting speech. He as much as condemned the previous administration without coming right out and naming names. I loved the old man giving the benediction--very sweet and funny in a good way.

Let's bless one another today, and work for peace and justice and safety and a healthy planet.
Re: Yes, we can! by mrsteabag on 20 January 2009 6:53pm
YEAH BABY!!! WHOO!! Mr. Teabag was unable to watch the ceremonies and has been calling every 10 minutes to make sure that both of them are out of there. I actually feel not embarassed to live here today.
Re: Yes, we can! by Lounge Trekker on 20 January 2009 8:30pm
The following statement is not a derelicton of patriotic emotion or love of fellow man and should not be used to determine the value of a person or the values he may have. Nor is it meant to be inflammatory or derogatory in any way by denying the existence of beings larger and more powerful than us.

Yes, non-believers are as good as believers. People of no faith are not necessarily without faith.

Lounge Agnostic
Re: Yes, we can! by the-g-man on 20 January 2009 8:52pm
Anyone notice the roar of the crowd when W was flying away in the helicopter? I don't think those were cheers of endearment :-))))

the-g-man < agnostic
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