January 20, 2009
my blurry inaugural reception ball
I took valuable time out from work to turn on a dilapidated TV that still receives local programming, and watched this morning's events.
Sure enough (and despite the joint flubbing of the Oath of Office), we have a new president.
I normally wouldn't have paid too much attention to a flub like that, except that it came right on the heels of (and thus aggravated) a previous flub by Dianne Feinstein, who I was not alone in hearing announce "the Oaf of Office."
Anyway, and FWIW, I thought Obama's speech was well crafted, and rhetorically brilliant. Also, despite my opposition status, I found myself reassured by the sincere display of warmth and friendship by George W. Bush.
It is obvious to me that Bush likes Barack Obama, and it served as a much-needed reminder that we have a new president, and he's the president of the entire country.
Painful as it might be for cynical worrywarts like yours truly, I think we should all wish him and his administration well.
MORE: I did not like Reverend Lowery's prayer. Here's the Drudge version:
'Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around... when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen'...Not quite what I heard, as I remembered something about mellow yellow. CNN offers this unexpurgated yet different snippet from the "prayer":
"We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right,"I think Drudge got it right, minus the mellow yellow.
Yet all versions agree that "white" has not yet embraced "what is right."
Sounds more like simple anti-white bigotry to me than a "benediction." At the very least, it constitutes a racial scolding in the name of God.
A pity, because racial scoldings (especially religious-based ones) ought to have no place in a unity-based inaugural theme.
Can anyone imagine the outcry had the Reverend prayed for gays to embrace what is right?
posted by Eric on 01.20.09 at 01:16 PM
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