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20 January 2009 @ 05:58 pm
Ding Dong, The Chimp Is Gone...  
Today we finally, finally have a new president, one who cares about the interests of America as a nation rather than what's best for his cronies. It's been a very long and agonizing eight years, spent yoked to the choice of Americans who felt that mediocrity (eventually, lethal stupidity) was acceptable for the office of the Presidency. Florida ballot issues aside, enough Americans made Bush's first term possible, and god help those of them who voted for him the second time around.

Aside from trying to gain control of part of the Middle East's oil, the war on Iraq was really about securing Bush's re-election. Too many voters will fall for the adage of, "You can't change your leadership in the middle of the war. It's too dangerous." Politicians know this. The Persian Gulf War didn't last long enough to get George Bush Sr. re-elected, but that was still one of the underlying motives for getting the U.N. behind it. There are reasons to fight wars, though they are rarer than most would suppose. But engaging in war—calling in that most precious coin of our service people's lives, risking the lives of those in other countries—should never be done as a political ploy.

Today we have a new president, one who reminds us that these troubled times are not the worst our country has ever seen, and that we have faced significant challenges before and overcome them by working as one people. He reminds us that the things we do for our country and for the least of its people guarantee no glory, and never have. But the reward is undiminished. It lies in knowing that you are doing the right thing, not only because you should but because you must.

Let the work to rebuild our nation and our ideals begin.

 
 
 
PamalaX: GO DEMSpamalax on January 21st, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Let the work to rebuild our nation and our ideals begin.

Well said all the way around I especially like this part :o)

Yay for a new day
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
I intended to say something brief about the election and ramble about a bunch of other things, but my serious side came out instead.

It was inspiring to see so many people, including the teen-30 group which largely has been so apathetic for so long, be energized behind the idea that we DO have a say in our own future and we CAN make it happen.

I look forward to getting things under control again, not just economically and on the war front, but in the sense of basic civil discourse when people disagree. That last part has been sorely lacking for far too long.
happy is as happy does: Barack Obama (hottest pres eva)happywriter06 on January 21st, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
THIS!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Obamahalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
Yes!
cindy: coming soon - gleetsuki_no_bara on January 21st, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
it's so nice to have a president we can respect, and who respects us.

also? what you said. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
it's so nice to have a president we can respect, and who respects us.

That last part is so rare, and so important. It's a thrill to see it happen.
Former wild child of the 80's: Dean - fist in the airsierra_foxx on January 21st, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
Congratulations to all of you! The euphoria over Barack Obama's rise to the presidency has travelled as far as Australia too; people here are truly thrilled and excited about the coming change.

We've had blanket coverage on the tv all day; I've told the kids they're witnessing a truly wonderful moment in history, one that will stay in the memory for a very long time.

Yay for hope. Yay for CHANGE! *g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
people here are truly thrilled and excited about the coming change.
For some reason, I'm very moved by the rest of the world's interest and excitement over all of this.

Bush has been such an embarrassment to this nation for so long (though voters have no-one to blame but themselves). Now we finally have a President who not only isn't incompetent, but who actually deserves the job and has the capability to do great things for all of us with it.

I've told the kids they're witnessing a truly wonderful moment in history
When I was a child I thought such a thing might happen at any time (because the Civil Rights changes were new, and I had no idea how slowly they would ripple through). Then, as I got older, I thought it would be much farther off. Well within my lifetime, but perhaps 20 years in the future.

I never expected that it would be this soon, especially with a candidate as new to the world of politics as Obama.

And hope is such a thrilling thing, after going so long without!
aeroport_art: courtyard - let's goaeroport_art on January 21st, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
God, I've been gorging myself on inauguration news since getting home from work.

IT'S MAGICAL. Having grown up with the Dubya administration during what seems like the entirety of my life, this election/inauguration is completely kicking my ass with its awesomeness.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
Having grown up with the Dubya administration during what seems like the entirety of my life, this election/inauguration is completely kicking my ass with its awesomeness.
For my kids, Dubya is the only president in memory and they're appalled at his awfulness. The paper yesterday published a collection of "Bushisms," and Christopher laughed himself sick over them.

But I so know what you mean! Heavens, by the time I was Lauren's age (11), the Vietnam War had been going on all my life and showed no signs of ending. Even though the American people wanted out, and it was obvious that we couldn't win (we'd seriously underestimated both the enemy and the terrain), the government didn't care what we wanted and the war continued. What a surprise to have the whole thing finally end another year later. There was such hopelessness and such a feeling of powerlessness in this county, and after Nixon and Watergate we'd learned to distrust our government. I don't think anyone who hasn't lived through that (which includes people in parts of the country where all of that was glossed over or dismissed) can truly understand what that national malaise was like.
aeroport_art: aeroport_art on January 22nd, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
It's so interesting to hear you talk about about government and national vibes from your personal experience. Since all I really know is Clinton 2.0 and Dubya, this whole Obama thing feels like...all AMAZING and HISTORIC and REVOLUTIONARY, like it's never happened before or something. Then I forget that hey, that's just the way government and politics go--dissatisfaction v. excitement and hope, then back again--and people tend to experience similar emotions. Thanks for putting some perspective on the whole thing, intentional or not! :D:D:D
Genevieve: molly liek omgz by popehippomsgenevieve on January 21st, 2009 10:26 am (UTC)
HURRAH!

It's been a very good day.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
It sure has been! Did all of Australia get Inaugural blurbs piped over? Sierra_Fox mentioned that she and her kids watched quite a bit of it.

I haven't had a chance to check my f-list in the past few days to see if the woman in Denmark who uploaded the acceptance speech has also uploaded the Inaugural speech. :)
Genevievemsgenevieve on January 25th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
It was everywhere! I was working when it was all unfolding (it was during our daytime) but I caught it on the news that evening. And it was on the front page of all the newspapers, too. Pretty amazing to watch. *g*
Deadbeat Nymph: Obama Got Itdeadbeat_nymph on January 21st, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
I am so happy for you guys, and for the world at large. Even if Obama only proves to be half as good as we think he is, that will still be a major improvement and will bring much needed change. Even as a Canadian, I'm very excited.

*applause*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
and for the world at large.
Me.Too. :0

The horrible decisions made with the last administration have damaged so much more than our own country, not the least of which is the negative impact on other countries' economies.

Even if Obama only proves to be half as good as we think he is, that will still be a major improvement and will bring much needed change.
I suspect he will be even better than we think, and the question remaining is how much can be pushed through the Senate/Congress (and how many of Bush's unchecked last-minute bills/regulations can be undone. God, the horror-- things like letting corporations decide for themselves whether they're polluting the water or not).
eponin10 on January 21st, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Ding Dong, The Chimp Is Gone...

What did the poor chimps ever do to you? *g* Seriously, chimps are probably smarter than Bush!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Seriously, chimps are probably smarter than Bush!
I cannot disagree for a moment, sadly.

However, the man bears a strong resemblance to a chimp, no question. :0
eponin10 on January 21st, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
*g* Unfortunately, this is true.
Maz (or foxxy!): Cocktailtuesdaeschild on January 21st, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Even the English (who might still be miffed that we lost an empire!) applaud your choice and wish Mr Obama well!

The change has been a long time coming...but it's finally here! *is delighted*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
The change has been a long time coming...but it's finally here! *is delighted*
Thank you, Marilyn!

It's thrilling to have competency return to our leadership (and actual leadership as well!)

Plus, Bush won't be on the horn anymore whining to your PM about supporting self-created wars and the like. :0
Maz (or foxxy!): Cocktailtuesdaeschild on January 22nd, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Yay for competency...and actual leadership!! :)

Bush won't be on the horn anymore whining to your PM about supporting self-created wars and the like.

Gordon will be very relieved! *giggles* He'll have more time to throw loads of our taxes at the banks now! ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Obamahalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Can you imagine how tiresome those conversations must have been (and for Blair before him)?

Bush: But America really needs your support on this.
PM: This war was not sanctioned by the U.N. and remains a questionable aggressive action.
Bush: But why won't you help us?
PM: *sees red* *headache forms* I believe I've already explained that. Ad nauseum.
Maz (or foxxy!): Cocktailtuesdaeschild on February 7th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Sorry! Another late one! EEEK!

I reckon you were pretty much spot-on with that conversation, sweetheart! I think there was one almighty sigh in Number 10 Downing Street when the Bush administration finally hung up it's war-mongering hat!!

And Gordon's still throwing our taxes at incompetent banks! ARGH!!