Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Yes We Can is now over. Now it is time for Yes We Will. Because in the end, it only matters if Yes We Did. My hope is that President Obama's actions can match up to his words. I wish him well in that endeavor.


Don Snabulus said...

I watched the main part of the inauguration. It was a good ceremony. I thought John Williams piece played by a world class quartet was very nice.

Rick Warren's convocation didn't mention Hitler even once and it did ask (his) God to forgive himself and us for a number of things he is openly guilty of regarding civility and loving others.

Obama's speech touched on many themes that were important to me. I was especially happy that he mentioned the rights of the non-religious as those generally get trampled in the race for appearing pious. I don't remember him mentioning homosexuals...that would be unfortunate, but nothing that will stop progress.

In all, I am hopeful and ready to make sacrifices asked of me as long as America starts acting more like the nation I saluted as a Boy Scout and less like the country that slaughtered a million Iraqis that had done us no harm and allowed thousands to die during Rita and Katrina.

President Obama is not responsible for those things, but he just bought the ticket and must amend for them.

I look forward to seeing him (and us) get to work and measuring his (and our) progress against this speech.

Dean Wormer said...

I really enjoyed Obama's speech. There were so many themes broadly breached that had to be taken as oblique jabs at Bush. I'm sure the little toady was sitting there fuming.

I liked the comment on non-believers as well.

Arkonbey said...

It was a very good speech, very FDR-ian. I like the whole 'getting to work' vibe, myself. It was his moderate,inclusive, common sense stance that attracted me to him and I wasn't disappointed.

And MAN he can talk. We haven't had an orator in the oval office since Reagan (politics aside) and not much between him and FDR.

unless he screws up really bad, it's going to take a lot of imagination for the wingnuts to give him crap.

Of course, I wonder when the last Daily Show and Colbert Report will air ;)

Dave said...

I'm not sure whose fault it was that the actual oath didn't go very smoothly. I heard about ten minutes of the speech.

My wallet is empty. Will I be required to sacrifice my wallet, or heaven forbid, my trousers:)

If I were George Bush I would be saying "Hot potato hot potato gotta pass it on."

YEs, George has been known to stutter some gaffs, but Obama is not entirely imune to speech impediments without his prompter.

Overall, the nation seems to be in a good mood about it. No drawn out election counts, no running to the supreme court. If we can say anything about the race, Obama was elected by a majority pure and simple.

However, the job ahead is anything but simple. I am not letting hollywood glitter and such obscure my vision of an economy that could fall in a devestating collapse, that the world is a very uneasy place.

ladybug said...

I liked the inauguration, what I saw of it. Thought it kind of weird Roberts screwed up the pledge..but whatever - doesn't he have epilepsy or something?

Thank God we have a President who can SPEAK and won't embarrass us overseas...remember when Bush felt up the German Chancellor Angela Merkel??!! ....and ate with his mouth open while talking to Tony Blair?!! At least now we have someone in the White House that doesn't have the manners of an old goat....

Arkonbey said...

YEs, George has been known to stutter some gaffs, but Obama is not entirely imune to speech impediments without his prompter.

To be sure. But, I've heard Obama and Bush speak off the cuff and Obama is a better speaker unscripted as Bush was scripted. In fact, it was Obama's appearance on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me that endeared him to me more than his DNC speech.

The Moody Minstrel said...

So, should G.W.B. be saying, "Yes, we usta could"? And would that make him a redneck?

I didn't get to see the speech, obviously, though I've heard some good quotes from it. I'll have to prowl the internet for it later. Let's just say the appetizers were wonderful, but the proof will be in the pudding.

Pandabonium said...
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Pandabonium said...

Well, the Titanic has a new Captain and he promises not to make the same mistakes while also promising to shovel however much coal it takes to return to full speed ahead.

Unmentioned is the continued presence of Mr. Ishmay who still pulls the strings on behalf of the owner, JP Morgan, so it is dubious as to whether the Captain will have any role beyond cajoling the passengers into continued obedience.

Drinks are on the house. Strike up the orchestra. A light waltz would be nice. There will be time enough before the passengers become aware of their fate and "Nearer thy God to thee" will be the tune and set the tone....

Excuse me, I have to get back to preparing my life boat.

Arkonbey said...

@dave: it was Justice Roberts that messed it up. He put 'faithfully' at the end of the sentence and not near the beginning. Mr. Obama knew it where it was supposed to be and paused. It is to the credit of both men that Justice Roberts corrected himself and Mr. Obama repeated what Justice Roberts said.

@mm: Let's just say the appetizers were wonderful, but the proof will be in the pudding.

well said.

Don Snabulus said...


Your writing is perfect. Don't change a thing.


The Bush family still has way more influence than they deserve, so oblique is the way to go there.


Never underestimate the wingnuts.


Hey, only I get to respond to everybody. :D Even if Obama speaks perfectly, you can always count on Biden (or his wife) to something goofy or unwanted.


It is definitely better having a presidential President. A breath of fresh air.


Obama speaks from his mind instead of his talking points. It is a lot easier to get your point across when you don't need to be coached.


The whole inauguration was worth watching, if for no other reason, just to see so many people relieved or happy.


You deletion was eloquent and welcome.


Things are going to get very tough, but unlike the Titanic, I don't expect to lose 98% of the people. Besides, I am focused on keeping my favorite deck chair. :D


They did a do-over and all is now happy and Constitutional.

Pandabonium said...

You're right. The metaphor isn't perfect. Just make sure your deck chair floats. ;^)

DewKid said...

I have to admit, President Obama appears to be starting off on the right foot. If he can prove to me his policies (which we'll get now, whether we know what they are or not) are good for America, then more power to him!

Don Snabulus said...


Indeed. We shall find out soon.