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6 Responses to “Our Long National Nightmare is Over”
I’m not a sentimental person, by nature. It takes a lot to bring a lump to my throat. Today is a day I will remember for the rest of my life, and it was impossible for me to not be moved by what I just watched.
I’m uncertain which emotion is the strongest in me right now: hope that Obama can start to set things right or merciful relief that George Bush is no longer the President. I hope that in the next four years I am able to maintain a skeptical detachment about this administration I wanted to see in the White House so badly and not blindly give it a pass on everything it does. After eight years of sycophants and cronies, it would be tragic to repeat the same error.
Brian – I feel ya. It was a small blizzard down here in NC today (well, by NC standards, that is — I’m sure Minnesotans would call it Tuesday), so I worked from home and watched the innauguration. It felt good to see the adults take over. I also do not want to be blinded by his promises and ignore his actions. I don’t think I will. My apologetic tendencies thus far have been more aimed toward people with the response of “would you give the guy a chance before bashing him?” I’m sure when he does things that piss me off (which he will), I will call him out on it. I love the change.gov thing so far. That’s a bad ass idea whose time is overdue.
Kevin – I agree! That’s one of the best morphed photos I’ve seen in a long time. My brain like keeps switching from one to the other, but it never looks obviously doctored, which it, well, obviously is. Whoever did that did a great job.
Obama’s first few days of executive orders have been fantastic. I hope he can keep up the pace. I hoped that despite his being cordial to Bush personally, with his scathing rebuke of the entire Bush administration in his innauguration speech it was going to be a good week this week. I’m glad I was right.
On the other hand, although I wish he would take a stronger stand on the prosecution of Bush officials for violations of national and international law, it seems there are a few brave souls in Congress who are going to push this issue. Good. I somehow doubt that Obama will fight too hard against it if we can get a groundswell support for accountability. I know he doesn’t want to personally have his administration overwhelmed with prosecuting the Bushies, but that’s why we have the courts. It’s not really the president’s job anyway.