1.17.2009

inauguration thoughts

  • Paul Krugman on why "looking forward" is not enough.

  • Elizabeth Holtzman on holding the Resident accountable.

  • Think Progress on the 43 worst Bush appointees enablers criminals.

  • And is anyone else just a tad sick of the Extreme Obamamania in the Canadian media? I'm watching the inauguration on Tuesday, at least the actual ceremony, but here's hoping the momentum slacks off a bit after that. Historic, yes. Exciting, yes. Saviour Of The Universe, no.
  • 20 comments:

    liliannattel said...

    That made me laugh. You hit the nail on the head.

    Scott M. said...

    I'm waiting for the action figure and movie before I decide if he's the saviour of the universe.

    richard said...

    Too true, Laura. Saviour of the Universe is already taken!

    BTW - I congratulate you on using the Canadian/British "u" in words like "colour", "honour", "saviour" etc. It's on the citizenship test, you know!

    L-girl said...

    Saviour of the Universe is already taken!

    Oh? I'm not up on my comic book characters. ;)

    BTW - I congratulate you on using the Canadian/British "u" in words like "colour", "honour", "saviour" etc. It's on the citizenship test, you know!

    I found it pretty easy to do, actually. When I write for US publications, I have to change all the spellings back before I submit a story!

    However, I haven't bothered with some of the more squirrely stuff like "organise" or the double-L vs single-L words. Too confusing.

    L-girl said...

    I'm waiting for the action figure and movie before I decide if he's the saviour of the universe.

    Good plan.

    raikiri said...

    very true. however the obamaism is happening all over the world. I live in Saudi Arabia because of my Dads job and Obama is plastered all over Aljazeera, BBC, and CNN News.

    L-girl said...

    Obama is plastered all over Aljazeera, BBC, and CNN News.

    Oh indeed! I see that, too, online. But since most of the Canadian media has such a hard-on for the US anyway, under any circumstances, they are going completely insane.

    impudent strumpet said...

    Action figure

    redsock said...

    In many ways, Obama is the closest thing we've ever seen to a superhero... someone who has literally inspired millions of people simultaneously to step past fear, to be brave enough to hope and to go past cynicism and imagine what we could be if we were at our best. That's the stuff of legend!

    Inspiring people to imagine how things could be!

    Wow. Go Dems!

    L-girl said...

    God that is fucking pathetic.

    Obama is the closest thing we've ever seen to a superhero

    I hope this person is 10 years old.

    redsock said...

    At first, I thought it said they were 6 feet tall (I get ' and " mixed up). I might have bought one if that were true.

    Check out the Gold Suit version.

    Tom said...

    I will watch anything but the inauguration. Hopefully Hollywood squares or something equally vapid will be on.

    The invocation by a homophobic bigot is just too much for me to tolerate.

    I cannot celebrate another administration of conservatives running my former country.

    M. Yass said...

    My thoughts on Obama's many promises of change?

    Short answer: I'll believe it when I see it.

    Shorter answer: Where's my bailout?

    Slightly longer answer: When the U.S. starts providing things like health care and other benefits that those of us in the civilized world take for granted, then I'll be impressed. Until then, it'll still be a Bush league country.

    BC Cook said...

    I just returned from two days in Washington state and it's true that the the news is All Obama All the Time.

    Yes, there's a lot of attention -- most of it much kinder than the attention durting the campaign. But for those of us old enough to remember Freedom Riders (I am) and the civil rights movement in general, what's going on in DC is alternately surreal and quite moving.

    On the day that Canada has a First Nations' PM we can roll our eyes about "excessive media attention".

    L-girl said...

    But for those of us old enough to remember Freedom Riders (I am) and the civil rights movement in general, what's going on in DC is alternately surreal and quite moving.

    It is. I agree. At the same time, I lament the pervasive idea that Obama's election is proof of the end of racism in the US.

    On the day that Canada has a First Nations' PM we can roll our eyes about "excessive media attention".

    Please note I was neither rolling my eyes nor pointing to the media attention in the US. I specifically said Canadian media. They are rather besotted, and it can get a little tiring.

    L-girl said...

    You know, I just re-read my post. Don't know who BC Cook is quoting, but I didn't even say "excessive media attention". It's not the media attention I was muttering about. It's the Obama Is God He Can Do Anything attitude. In the Canadian media.

    I don't suppose BC Cook will come back to see a response. But sheesh, it's so annoying when people comment on stuff you didn't even write!

    BC Cook said...

    OK I should have quoted "exteme Obamamania" instead of "extreme media attention."

    I haven't seen anyone say that the election of Obama means an end to racism in North America, but it is a powerful symbol. Just the fact that all future pictures from the White House will no longer be a parade of white guys will be change. For many people, it's not symbols but possibilities.

    Voting Rights Act of 1964 was derided by some activists at the time because it just meant that blacks could be part of the corrupt system and choose between a racist Democrat or a racist Republican. But it soon had social ramifications far beyond the ability to vote.

    I am also a Canadian by choice and will never go back to the US. But this inauguration and all the events surrounding it are fascinating to me.

    PS: I haven't seen the fawning of the press you refer to but I promise you it's transitory. The press never likes anyone for long.

    L-girl said...

    BC Cook, I didn't mean to pick on your choice of words. I meant to clarify - it isn't the excessive attention I was talking about, it's the fauning nature of that attention, as if the man can walk on water. That's all. Thanks for your comments.

    L-girl said...

    I haven't seen anyone say that the election of Obama means an end to racism in North America

    Just about every columnist in Canada has implied it.

    PS: I haven't seen the fawning of the press you refer to

    You haven't??? Wow.

    but I promise you it's transitory.

    I'm not worried. Merely responding to something at hand.

    I'm not blind or immune to the powerful symbolism of an African American man becoming President of the United States. I find it quite exciting. However, because Obama himself is just another Democrat, it's exciting purely on the symbolic level.

    That's just the way it is for me. Obviously your experience is different.

    Mara Clarke said...

    You will be pleased to know that a(nother) huge banking crisis has knocked Obama off the front page of every newspaper save one in the UK today (Jan 20).

    On the other hand, I really do like this pan-world hopeful feeling that his winning the election seemed to cause. I don't believe Obama can change to world, or possibly even America, but I've loved witnessing and experiencing the euphoria - even if it is misguided, temporary, and ultimately comes to nothing. I remain an optimistic pessimist, even in politics.