Politics: An Obsession

It’s Thursday, which means we’ve had a new President for 2  days now. Hallelujah

When all the election frenzy started, I adopted a daily internet routine to stay informed:

  1. Gallup Polls
  2. Politico
  3. Huffington Post
  4. Washington Post
  5. Slate
  6. Drudge Report
  7. NY Times Politics

The obsessive election coverage fed my political hunger, and though I have stuck with a similar daily internet routine since the inauguration, I now find myself with a case of post-election meltdown. Everything seems somewhat less exciting, and I’m fairly bothered by that.

I have found a new addiction, however, to help bridge the unhappy gap, and that addiction goes by the name of C-SPAN. Now I can be further glued to my computer as I watch the Press Briefings and see the new Press Secretary sweat under the pressure of a room full of seasoned reporters waiting for even the tiniest slip-up. Poor Gibbs got slightly plowed (maybe just mowed? or weed-whacked?) this morning on the new Executive Order about lobbying. Anyone who said the liberal media was going to go easy on a new Democratic President was definitely wrong. Obama-mania is still in full swing, but the administration is by no means avoiding scrutiny by the press.

But let’s backtrack a little and talk about the inauguration itself. There was a horrible bow, a poem read (and written?) like a third grader, and a now former Vice President in a wheelchair

But the speech! Wow. I am so thankful for a literate and charismatic President. I hope you watched it, but if you didn’t, here it is in its entirety (including the botched oath):

But what I really hope you take the time to do is to READ the speech. The language is meticulous, poignant, passionate. It was full of clever phrases to grab the audience and carefully constructed jabs at President Bush, who sat right next to the podium.

Here are a few of my favourite parts:

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.”

“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.”

“Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.”

“And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today…know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.” OOoo…jab jab, Dubya.

“To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”

“For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.”

Ahhh. Refreshing.

-Erinaugural celebration


3 thoughts on “Politics: An Obsession

  1. Ah…. yay for someone else who is excited about our new president. Being at a predominately (ultra-ultra-ultra-ultra) politically conservative university, it is nice to hear from the Normal university world—where people actually like Obama. Rock on/write on.

  2. i am fortunate enough to be living in DC at the moment and so was one of the 2 million in attendance. it was a truly amazing thing to experience and witness firsthand!

    hallelujah indeed!

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