Obama’s Inauguration – in pictures




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Obama’s Inauguration – in pictures

  1. As a foreigner who wants good things to happen in any and all parts of the world, I wish Americans will work more in harmony with their president. How successful Obama can be as American president will depend on how well his fellow-Americans can rein in their demands for their expectations to be satisfied.

    http://novice101.wordpress.com/2009/01/20/inauguration-and-high-hopes/

    Keep the hopes alive.

  2. Wasn’t it astounding how Rex Murphy in today’s Globe totally missed what Obama was trying to do in the Inaugural Speech? Be serious, with lines like, “we will restore science to its rightful place.” A sentence which will have enormous influence but not set up for applause lines.
    I liked what Robert Herbert said in today’s Times:

    “But I’ve seen charismatic politicians and pretty families come and go like sunrises and sunsets over the year. There was something more that was making people go ga-ga over Obama. Something deeper.

    We’ve been watching that something this week, and it’s called leadership. Mr. Obama has been feeding the almost desperate hunger in this country for mature leadership, for someone who is not reckless and clownish, shortsighted and self-absorbed.”

    Oh Canada!

    • Frank Rich has an excellent analysis of the reason Obama low keyed his speech in today’s (Sunday) Times making Rex and other Canadian commentators look pretty shallow and petty.

      Here’s a short quote:

      “But there’s a reason that this speech was austere, not pretty. Form followed content. Obama wasn’t just rebuking the outgoing administration. He was delicately but unmistakably calling out the rest of us who went along for the ride as America swerved into the dangerous place we find ourselves now.”

      There’s a lot more.

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