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Obama Nation

I’ve been around enough to know that dreams don’t turn to gold – Whitney Houston

I have been away from home a lot this year. (Shut up, 19 days is long enough to make pronouncements about the year. Ugh, I don’t drink sodas.) I’ve spent most of that time in various Scrabble tournaments throughout the country, hunched over tables in sweatshirts and sneakers trying to remember five letter words with no consonants. Glamorous? No. But it works for me. Anyway, I’ve basically had to retire one of my favorite sweatshirts, because I was on the verge for cutting my ears off so I wouldn’t have to hear the whimsical sighs of “oh, we really just need him right now,” comments I’d get whenever I’d show up in my “That One ’08” hoodie. One woman actually pulled me aside before a game to “let me know that her son had volunteered for the campaign in South Carolina,” even though as she was sure I knew “not everyone is as open-minded as we’d like.” It honetly felt like she wanted me to sign something for her letting her neighbors and employers know that she’s not racist.
Chris Matthews has declared this the new post race society, where pitching horseshoes on the White house lawn will be replaced with b-ball or whatever it is negroes do for fun. One woman on the panel, maybe Kathleen Parker, actually uttered the phrase “now, I don’t like to see Obama’s mother thrown under the bus here!”
Jebus.
Aside from our new awesome ability to openly talk about race, is the swelling euphoria about the glory days to come. “We’re going to get back on track!” “America is redeemed on the world stage!”
“Green jobs!”
If I hear the phrase “historic inaugaration” one more time…it will mean that I have the TV on again.
Of course, the other side is predictably apoplectic about the new world order. I’ve seen ridiculous posts about Ayers growing role in the administration and how Obama is a communist and the news that we’re all going to be forced to gay marry any day now.
OH AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ON THE “LINCOLN’S SHADOW” CRAP!! (Honest to heavens, I saw Doris Kearns Goodwin blathering on Meet teh Press about how tomorrow’s inaugaration was the fulfillment of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation! DUDE! ANY TENTH GRADE AMERICAN HISTORY STUDENT WORTH THEIR SALT KNOWS THAT THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION FREED NO ONE!!! Lincoln was all “okay, all the slaves in the states that no longer recognize my authority are now free.” AND HERE IS A PUBLISHED (SUPPOSEDLY RESPECTED) DOCTOR OF HISTORY perpetuating the elementary school version of the Emancipation Proclamation AND NONE OF THE OTHER So-called Political experts bothered to correct her????)
Dorian Davis’ twitter feed posited an interesting question about whether anyone would have even showed up to a McCain inaugaration. I further wondered if more ink has ever been spilled about an inauguration ever? What on earth will these people be talking about on Wednesday when it turns out that tomorrow is just a day with a bunch of speeches no one will remember and some dudes signing the names on stuff?
Don’t get me wrong. I hope the Obama administration brings peace and prosperity and good feelings and equality to all the land. But, at his core he’s a Law professor. A policy wonk — I think he’ll spur some good legislation and heck, I’m all for great minds running the country for a change, but Obama’s got another election to win, the US will never win any world popularity contests and there will always be war.
I wish it could be enough of a story that a country built on slave labor is about to be helmed by its first half black President without it also having to be helmed by the greatest orator since Moses beseeched Pharaoh to let his people go. Why can’t it be enough that we have a Democrat back in the White House, without this having to be the greatest Democrat (or the worst socialist sodomite) ever born across three continents?
Not much really ever changes, and come on…isn’t that a good thing?

14 Responses to “Obama Nation”

  1. Karol Says:

    Dude. Wait. What happens when we agree on politics? Doesn’t the world end or something. I too hope “the Obama administration brings peace and prosperity and good feelings and equality to all the land.” And I too don’t think much ever changes and agree it’s a good thing.

  2. Gerard Says:

    But, at his core, he’s a Law professor.

    A Conlaw professor at that.

    Blecch.

    I’ll be satisfied if he doesn’t appoint Laurence Tribe to TSCOTUS.

  3. Dawn Summers Says:

    He’s a law professor, I trust him with the Supreme Court

  4. PG Says:

    Lincoln was all “okay, all the slaves in the states that no longer recognize my authority are now free.”

    Not to be all Conlaw about this, but that actually did make a difference because as the Union armies took control of territory, had slaves escape behind Union lines, etc., they didn’t know what to do with the slaves. The official law of the land (both federal statute and the Constitution; see Fugitive Slave Act and the original Art. IV, Sec. 2, Sentence 3) was that escaped slaves were to be returned to their owners. The Emancipation Proclamation said that any slave in the rebellious areas who could got into freedom — either through his own escape or by a Union takeover of the area where he was — was now free. So as soon as Lincoln signed the Proclamation, every slave who was where the Union troops had control was now legally free, whereas before his legal status was of slave.

    Or to put it more briefly, the 10th grade students who “knows” that the Proclamation freed no one doesn’t necessarily know as much as he thinks.

  5. Gerard Says:

    Maybe Douglas Kmiec will be his WH Counsel.

  6. Eric Says:

    You really ought to start drinking sodas again. You’re becoming way too mellow and sensible.

    And you should give bananas another try.

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  8. I Had Peaches Says:

    Whatever. Thomas Jefferson was our first “black” president.

  9. Jake Says:

    Just as the media made a pledge to elect Obama no matter what. The media has pledged to suppress all bad economic news no matter what.

    No more stories about people out of work. From now on we will see stories about people reaching enlightenment by pursuing other opportunities.

  10. Gerard Says:

    There’s only one black president I salute.

    And yes, he’s also God

  11. chsw Says:

    You mean you don’t want any of this stuff?

    http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2009/01/more_obama_kits.html

  12. Snoop-Diggity-DANG-Dawg Says:

    “…the US will never win any world popularity contests and there will always be war.”

    Wha-uh-wha?!?

  13. Eric Says:

    Of course, the other side is predictably apoplectic about the new world order. I’ve seen ridiculous posts about Ayers growing role in the administration …

    Well, you know, they wouldn’t let him into Canada, so he has to do something.

  14. Pokerwolf Says:

    Wasn’t Clinton our first “black” president?

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