Friday, January 23, 2009
There's a time and a place, isn't there?
The reporter who asked our new President a complex question involving a subject he couldn't possibly have any knowledge about - that was a hit below the beltway.
I have mixed feelings about President Obama. I have extremely certain feelings about the office he holds (glorified oligarchy) And I have anxious feelings about the man himself. It's all dependent upon future decisions made. He may be an ethical, honest person but he's got a hard, lonely, misunderstood job no matter how many experts he surrounds himself with. At day's end? Alone.
Happily, he got straight to work, setting a closing date for Gitmo, that being one year. He also proposed the appointment of a special prosecutor for the many trials to be held for those prisoners.
He's shown his belief in and support of embrionic stem cell research - and for those who feel we have no business fooling with an unborn fetus just to gain certain precious stem cells, educate yourself a bit more - we can grow these cells in a laboratory and have been doing so in California for years. Many little poor paralized mice are scattering all over with not one human fetus being invaded.
His massive trillion dollar economic stimulus package is being called too expensive and will take too long, and frankly it will be at least 3 years before those thousands of jobs become available, but I say, get more bipartisan you Rebuplicans and support at least the office if not the man. He's extremely anxious to get down to work and pull this country out of the muck. We've slowly become a second and soon a third-world country and I personally can't expect my government to fix it all. You and I wil be making big sacrafices.
It must be difficiult for Mr. Obama to re-live the inaugural flubbing over and over, which I'm sure he's been doing. The Chief Justice was supposed to say:
"I, Barack Hussein Obama".... then shut up. He didn't, and his gaffe threw Mr. Obama off his game, well-rehearsed as is customary. Personally, I thought his inaugural speech was neither encouraging nor mediocre, but again, he gave the world a small idea of what direction he intended to take on grave matters.
Another inaugural tidbit: the glorious music given us by Itzak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma was pre-recorded. Only if you were sitting close to the platform would you have heard them playing to the recording, which was done to insure all would hear it. And speaking of music:
Why do we sing "let freedom ring" to "God Save The King"? When is someone going to pass legislation that would hire a good composer to write proper music for our anthem "America" (better known as "My Country, Tis of Thee" and always known in the United Kingdom's 19th-century empire as "God Save Our Good King George") We fought a bloody "at home" war to kick the English out, why are we still singing that anthem to their music??? Yikes.
Hey don't you think it a double-standard crime that Caroline Kennedy was politely asked by NY's Gov. David Patterson to "do the right thing" and withdraw her intention to run for Hitlery Clinton's empty seat? Talk about obvious. I realize he had someone already in mind for the job but he should've told her before she made her public declaration, and think about this - what if John Kenndy Jr. were still alive, and he voiced interest in the office, think he'd get it? You bet he would. Mr. Patterson, you said your decision was not a matter of race or gender but it certainly is to Ms. Kennedy (she being a woman and all? Geez - glass ceiling).
It tugs at my heart to see and hear folks talk about "It's our turn" and "hope is in the land" and "free at last" kind of talk. That only tells me you voted Mr. Obama into office by reason of race. Being partly white must be difficult when dealing with people like that, who think from a racist core,
Whatever's ahead, we already know the world is in big trouble. It's been common to look to the leader of the free world, our President, for guidance. Fortunately, Mr. Obama has a moral compass and he allows his better nature to direct him in an ethical way. I expect alot from him in these trecherous times, but I also know our President will need each and every American to carry their share.
Posted by Cathy at 6:52 PM