Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Thoughts

I listened to the presidential inauguration this morning. Here are my first thoughts:

I was not impressed with Obama’s speech – maybe I had higher hopes than for someone to say American is a great country although it has been run into the ground, and thank God you elected me to revive the country – paraphrased of course.

I disliked the poetry – just a personal preference.

I thought the Saddleback pastor was full of himself.

I kind of liked the second preacher and his prayer, but I didn’t catch the his name.
Update: Toby just sent me a reference to Joseph Lowery to show me that who he was and that he is, and that he supports same-sex marriages. Obama's choice of Rick Warren, the Saddleback preacher caused lots of controversy due to his oppostition to same-sex marriages, while Preacher Lowery did not cause controversy. Still, I liked Lowery's prayer.

Aretha is always great.

The commentary on all channels sucked.


Becky said...

I didn't watch any of it myself. I was already feeling nauseated and didn't think I could take any more messiah worship.

Word Verification: oventump--what you don't want to have happen while you are cooking.

Skybag said...

I kind of liked it. A few parts stung me a little. They showed your Tuskegee Airmen in the crowd!
Did you see where Obama bungled up the presidential oath? It was somewhat painful, and I did feel bad for him. But I kept thinking about an old SNL type skit where the guy taking the oath could only repeat word after word instead sentence after sentence - too funny!

GUYK said...

I didn't watch it. I just spent a grand on a new TV and I was afraid I would chuck a coffee mug through it.

I have this problem suffering fools and socialists.

Bag Blog said...

Guyk, It was difficult to watch with all the sweet syrup being poured, but I did watch it - it is our history.

Buck said...

I'm in general agreement with your observations, Lou. I channel-surfed a bit in the beginning before settling on Fox News. The gushing and swooning on the other channels was just TOO damned much, and I can't find the words to express my contempt in THAT space.

I though Obama's speech was mid-grade. It began poorly but ended on a higher note. The One must know a whole helluva lot more about the state of America than I do (and he SHOULD, right?), but things don't look nearly as bleak from my vantage point here in P-Ville as he made them out to be.

Poetry? That woman sure as HELL ain't no Robert Frost.

My jaw dropped when Lowery got to the end of his benediction. Because of this:

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 yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. Let all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen

Say WHAT? I'll cut Lowery some slack because of his age and where he's been (history, experience with Jim Crow and all that). But the "white embracing what's right" conditional statement was a poke in my eye. Uncalled for, at best, offensive at worst.

And ARETHA! Best moments of the whole danged thing. Best hat, too.

Bag Blog said...

Buck, I missed the last of Lowery's prayer - probably still laughing over the first part. You are right - offensive.

The Friendly Neighborhood Piper said...

my initial..."well...the dude can deliver a speech...lets see if he can deliver a presidency."

Rev. Lowery, i know you went through ALOT with MLK and all, i get that, i'm sorry for what my forefathers did, but it wasn't me, and bro...the war is over, you've won, be a good winner and shut the hell up.