I don't think that this blog could exist if I did not speak on todays events in Washington D.C. I don't think that Hollywood could have written a better script for Barack Hussein Obama II. If you would have told me one year ago that the first African-American president is brought into office just one month away from the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln & the day after Dr. Martin Luther King Day I would have called you crazy. What a script for our new president.
Now that this ceremony is out of the way, President Obama can work towards uniting our nation and hopefully aiding this economy which is slowly failing before our very eyes. However, I was not impressed with his speech and since I enjoy the inugual addresses I have speak about it. I noticed a few Lincoln moments in Obama's inugual address that I will point out here but before I get to that I recently read a quote that stated that every politican has to "get right with Lincoln" because it seems like "Father Abraham's" shadow covers every president who has ever taken office.
Here are a few interesting quotes from the Obama address which are followed by my comments.
The first line of his speech read as follows and echoes Lincoln.
"I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors."
This one has nothing to do with Lincoln but I find it funny. Obama needs to check up on his presidential history.
"Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath." This is untrue. 43 American have offically taken the presidential oath. Grover Cleveland is counted twice because he was elected to two non-consecutive terms. Therefore, there have been 44 administrations but only 43 men have taken the oath. Therefore, President Obama needs to subtract one person.
I did enjoy his reference to the great heros of our military and he highlighted several battles which cross all eras and time periods.
"For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn."
He sounded like President Franklin Roosevelt when he stated:
"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America."
I thought of Ronald Reagan when Obama said:
"Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint."
A little Harry Truman appeared in this quote:
"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord."
Lets face it, he has four years, lets give him our support and see if he will complete the process of "in reaffirming the greatness of our nation."