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I'm pretty conflicted about the innauguration. On one hand, I should be happy and overwhelmed that our country has reached this point of healing after its long, tortured history on the race issue. I really, really want to feel good about it.

But on the other, as a student of history I'm feeling a tingle at the back of my neck that doesn't feel like excitement. I get nervous when I see a nation pasting pictures of its leader's face everywhere, holding mass rallies to adore him, worshiping him like the Messiah in the media, and having a national orgasm in response to his every gesture. Something about this feels a little creepy.

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I suppose your apprehension is valid enough; we see some bad, bad people using the cult of personality to demonstrate their power, but I would imagine your new government will soon be so busy there won't be any more time to celebrate his election. All emphasis will soon be not on the man himself but on how he performs in office. ,

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In addition to the inaguaration, there should be a symbolic burning of the race card. Yep, the race card is dead - don't bother trying to play it anymore.

On another note, we should be proud as a country. Where else in the world is there such diversity in our political makeup? Sure, we have Obama, but even before him, we had Arnold. What a success story of a man who comes to this country not speaking English, becomes a millionaire and then Governor of CA.

Expatriate, enjoy the day and on Wed. you can start worrying as you should, but for the time being enjoy it and be proud.

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Don't get me wrong. I'm proud that as a nation we've burned the race card. It's been long overdue. But I keep thinking back to King's speech where he dreamed that his children would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

I sincerely hope that in our zeal to enact the first part of that sentence, we haven't overlooked the second.

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I find the adulation in the media quite disturbing. It feels very cultish. Yesterday when I opened the Sunday paper, every section had his photo. In scanning through the TV networks last night, everyone was interviewing teary-eyed people (white & black) and the extreme emotion kind of turned my stomach. He's our next president, not a God. So yes, this all makes me a bit nervous too. Guess we'll find out soon what his character is made of. Surely this honeymoon phase will end.

Remember that even though Obama is a person of "color" he is not a descendant of black Americans. As a good friend stated, he does not have a "black soul."

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I too have mixed emotions about the whole thing and the moon eyed adoration of the press really is creepy! As to the race issue, for me it's a non starter. I would have been very happy with a certain black woman as president (Condi where were you when we needed you?) . She's conservative, suports gun rights and is tough on national security issues. Burning the race card with her as Pres would have been much sweeter.

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Our oh so honorable media..

You Have to Love Our Media
And the beat goes on and the nay-sayers persist in their intractable denial.
Headlines On This Date 4 Years Ago:

"Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops Die in unarmored Humvees"

"Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times"

"Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, Ordinary Americans get the shaft"

Headlines Today:

"Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $120 million"

"Obama Spends $120 million on inauguration; America Needs A Big Party"
except this party was thought to be 150-170 million

"Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate"

"Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama Inauguration"

Nothing like fair & unbiased coverage of the news !!!

Isnt hindsight somthing?

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I thought the oath of office was an interesting insight. To hear the spin, Justice Roberts screwed it up, but not Obama. I'll wager that's how things are going to go. In the eyes of the Democrats and the press, Obama will never make a mistake or fail in any way -- other people will fail him.

Classic personality cult.

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Watch the video read the constitution, you tell me who screwed up. Roberts is a nitpicking gramarian. Read a newspaper or something.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/opinion/22pinker.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

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So you're telling me Obama didn't stumble? It's stupid for you to even argue about this. Nobody's saying Roberts didn't get it wrong...but Obama got it wrong, too. However, it should be noted that your Messiah was the only president in history to have to re-take the oath.

As far as "nitpicking grammarian" goes, the wording is in the Constitution. Are you suggesting that in Obamanation it doesn't matter if you follow the Constitution precisely? Are you suggesting that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court should blow off the Constitution and ignore the wording? I for one am glad that Roberts took the oath seriously enough to re-administer it -- and respectful enough of the presidency to do it quietly in the map room the next day, rather than starting over in front of two million people. Obama had his hand on Lincoln's bible, for goodness sake. It's worth getting right, and I'm glad he respected the oath enough to retake it.

I administer oaths all the time. Sometimes people get nervous and trip up. Big deal -- you just do it again. But it's been my experience that there's a big difference between people who laugh it off and do it over verses those who make excuses and argue that the mistake didn't happen or wasn't their fault. Obama and Roberts fixed it -- I think the press is the one making the fuss.

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Not Obama's fault. They wouldn't let him read his lines off a teleprompter. Laugh

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