Wednesday, January 21, 2009

And Now For Something Completely Different

Wow. What a day. It was almost worth staying sober for so we could remember it.


Anyway, that's what we have the inter toobz for. And we've been cruising back through those glorious hours, replaying the highlights and reliving the sun speckled, frost tinged clarity that has spread through our nation's capital like a clearing breeze chasing a heavy overcast. A breeze that drives the gloom of obstinacy, obfuscation, pettiness and selfishness before it. Listen:
Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

...[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.

Our founding fathers ... 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. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake.

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 are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.
And our personal favorite:
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.
Ah, the great ship of state runs once again before the breeze and our Captain lays out the course before us, both bold and true. How do you record this moment, journalists? You who are, in fact, the first historians.

"Well, again, we're wondering here whether or not Barack Obama in fact is the president of the United States," Chris Wallace told Fox News viewers, well over an hour after Obama had taken the oath of office today.

Fox News replayed the swearing-in moment when President Obama and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. each bobbled the words to the constitutional oath. "They had a kind of garbled oath," Wallace said.

"It's just conceivable that this will end up going to the courts," Wallace speculated.

Oh. Holy. Crap.

Mr. President, do we have to bring these guys along too?


Anonymous said...

No matter what, "to remake America" had to be the saddest utterance, ever. What a damned and corrupt "legacy" the Bush administration left, to be felt for generations in more countries than just our own.
The recipe looks so good. Let's hope we have all the wholesome ingredients and all the five-star chefs watching the stoves, because we are all starving and heaving in sickness.
Maybe in four years, it will be ready and maybe in four years we can say, once again with pride and gusto: "Bon Appetit".

Anonymous said...

You cannot convince me of the fact that Roberts "screwed up' because he simply didn't want him there. If you are picked, boiled and served by Republicans, that's what you are. His wife and kids all look like Texas ranch clones and if it's in your genes, it's in your genes. Nope. The Republicans, even subconsciously, refuse to believe that the Democrats have got it.
Glad they redid it. At least it didn't take generations and thousands of deaths, "to fix".