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Â We’ve all seen those movies, what its like to have your daddy work in the oval house and have secret service nannying you. It just sounds like the most picturesque thing. Well, after an exciting inauguration, Malia and Sasha invited their friends over to watch movies and do a white house scavenger hunt. Clue after clue eventually led them to a room where the Jonas Brothers were waiting inside! That is just way too cool.
Communism has been shunned by Americans and democracies world wide, but is the hate so deserved? Ideally it sounds really good. Although some aspects sound awful (doctors making as much as garbage men), ideas like everyone having an education and health care are awe inspiring to me. And certainly the optimal form of government for a country will be different everywhere. It’s just about finding that middle ground, I think a truly effective government requires a few small doses of a variety of theories (I want national health care!!).Â
However, yesterday in Obama’s speech, he said, Â â€œRecall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions.â€
While this statement is true, it hit China hard. The government ran the inauguration live until the word communism. At which point the sound faded out and Obama’s lips continued to move. The Chinese translations of the speech omit the word “communism” however the English translations have retained it. While some Chinese are annoyed by the censorship, other’s are offended that Obama clumped communism and fascism together.Â
While my family has personally faced the hardships of communism when my grandparents fled Shanghai in 1937 for Ann Arbor and the communist party proceeded to repossess their estates, I think that all parties should remain respectful of the existence of other governments. After all, they all start out with similar good intentions. The Chinese should not feel offended by our distaste for communist rule as we should not assume that our government is superior. Government is a work in progress. Let our “sturdy alliances and enduring convictions” prevail with our respect.
When George Bush was inaugurated, I was twelve years old and in seventh grade. I have lived the twelve most meaningful and intellectually stimulating years of my life under him, forming my worldviews and political philosophies. Frankly, I feel a bit deprived from growing up in this era as I realize coming out of it that something was wrong. This is not the normal critique, but a deeper, more fundamental sense of unease coming from my memories of the last eight years.
The impetus for writing this is obviously the end of the Bush Presidency and Obama’s inauguration tomorrow. Yet, it came about as a combination of three stories which I was going to write about, that I realized was all just one story, the story of that unease.
The first was about Joe the Plumber and specifically this clip:
To put it simply, this is fucking stupid. To call it anything else is to couch it in terms that deny the level of idiocy presented by Samuel Wurzelbacher. First of all, this man started as a campaign prop. He asked a question which McCain seized upon and attempted to exploit to idiotic levels. From there, he has now decided that he is a war reporter and is qualified to give updates on the geopolitical struggles of the Middle East. I know that saying this makes me an elitist that Joe is fighting back against, but this is complete crap. He is nowhere near qualified and exists solely because conservatives think he pisses liberals off. A guy who was focused on taxes is now an expert in war.
I was looking back today at videos from the campaign and I refound the Obama Les Mis video that came out September. It expresses a lot of the feelings and the excitement that I have felt all day for tomorrow. Plus, I love this song. Enjoy:
We all made it! I pulled an all-nighter due to my jitters and left for D.C. early this morning. I shared a good conversation with my taxi driver; Yellow Cab drivers are always great small talkers. Anyway, I sat next to a guy on the plane that treated me as an airplane virgin; he constantly reminded me that I couldn’t use my iPhone during takeoff and landing and that my luggage had to be stowed entirely under the seat. After that leg of my journey, I quickly rushed to my transfer flight. I shared a nice sprint with a woman who is also going to the inauguration. In the end, we both got to the plane before take-off, and now we are both here in Washington D.C. YAY! (more…)
Everyone HOPE for a clear, warm, sunnyÂ Tuesday!
I wonder how you getÂ chosenÂ to be the President-elect’s stand in?
This is not what I’m talking about
In my blog scanning (blanning?) today, I came across this post by Tom Englehardt, a blogger who works closely with The Nation. It reminds us of how inaugural addresses used to display great humility in our leaders, humility that would probably not be looked upon favorably today.
I have to say I agree with a lot of what the guy is saying. It would be nice to see some humility out of our president, or at least more than just passing recognition of the fact that the presidency is a job that entails a great deal of responsibility, power, and expectation. It is a job that has seemed to prove too much for many men, and most would say that a lot of our presidents have been average at best. To think that you can actually perform this job well inherently involves some degree of arrogance and elitism. Yes, we want our president to be confident in his abilities, but one’s confidence must be swollen indeed to convince oneself that they are truly worthy to hold the office of the presidency.
Barack Obama has already been accused of being elitist. Remember the primaries? Obama shook that off, but the proper response in my opinion would have simply been, “Of course I’m elitist! I’m running for president.”
On January 20th, a swarm of reporters and photographers will be in Washington DC to record an important moment in history, Barack Obama’s inauguration. Fictional reporters are not excluded from this event as in Marvel Comics most recent issue of Spider Man, Peter Parker is sent to DC to cover the event and take pictures for The Daily Bugle. Naturally, in this fictional story, something will go awry and Spider Man will have to save our own hero, Obama. Â A limited number of issues feature a large picture of Â the president-elect on the cover and a note in the corner declaring it an “Inauguration Day Special”. (more…)
Ten-year-old Damon Weaver, of Florida, was just issued his inaugural press credential by the Inaugural Committee. With that set, all young Mr. Weaver needs is an interview with President-Elect Obama. Because HuffPo has been giving Damon a lot of attention, there is a possibility that he could eventually score an interview. (Many HuffPo readers have been emailing around for him, giving him support, etc. Also, he has Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat issuing a video of support.) It’s kind of nice to see young kids getting involved — a nice thing for the fifth-grader to put on his college application in seven years, right?
To get a sense of Weaver’s reporting style, check out his incredibly adorable interview with VP-Elect Joe Biden from late October:
In addition to the scads of “official” inaugural balls, the nation’s indie kids now have their very own “ball” of sorts.Â The Black Cat venue in DC will host the “Big Shoulders Ball: Chicago Celebrates Change.” In collaboration with Chicago club the Hideout , the Black Cat will host Chicago native musicians Andrew Bird, Tortoise, and Ted Leo, among others.
So if the official inaugural muscians (Aretha Franklin, Yo-Yo Ma, some clarinet guy) just aren’t cutting it for you, the Big Shoulders Ball may be the answer.Â Just don’t forget your skinny jeans, intentional awkwardness, and air of musical superiority.