Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inauguration, the Day After...

Yesterday was spent watching the pagentry of the Inauguration, the parade and parties and Balls, which harken back to the previous century. Not a bad way to begin a new Presidency... 1.8 million people gathered together to watch Barack Obama be sworn in as President, 1.8 million American flags waving in happiness. More importantly, no fights broke out and no arrests were made.This alone, is a major change.

Even more amazing was that people stopped and listened to his Inauguration speech, and afterwards, so many people gave heartfelt and intelligent analysis to the media. More than any other person in recent history, Barack Obama made you feel good to be an American. I've listened to the speech about four times already, and it does get better with each listening.

Unless you were ex-President Bush, who got some boos when he was introduced. Then, he had to sit and listen to a speech that had some criticism of his administrative policies, and watch a huge crowd wave flags and cheer enthusiastically in front of him for someone else. Or listen as the crowd spontaneously broke out singing " na na na na hey heey hey goodbye..." as you were walking away...

The justices of the Supreme Court didn't get any applause, either. I'm not sure what it says when the Obama daughters, Sasha and Malia, get a better welcome than the Supreme Court.

My sister's granddaughter didn't get a chance to see anything because her teacher at Russell Middle School thought their science lesson for the day was more important.

Rahm Emmanuel issued an order to all government agencies not to implement any of the last minute policies that Bush enacted until his group could review them. And Mr Obama asked the folks at Guantanamo to suspend the current ongoing trial until further decisions to be made.

John McCain is going to be the point man, acting as liason between the Obama White House and the Republican members of Congress. I like how he is not considered an enemy and that his leadership in the Senate will be used for the forces of good, not evil.

Finally, here's what may be the last joke about the Bush Administration. I hope to find many more jokes for Obama in the future.

             How the Bush Administration Changes a Light Bulb

How many members of the Bush administration does it take to change a light bulb?

1. One to deny that a light bulb needs to be changed;

2. One to attack the patriotism of anyone who says the light bulb needs to be changed;

3. One to blame Clinton for burning out the light bulb;

4. One to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have a secret stockpile of light bulbs;

5. One to give a billion dollar no-bid contract to Halliburton for the new light bulb;

6. One to arrange a photograph of Bush, dressed as a janitor, standing on a step ladder under the banner: Light Bulb Change Accomplished;

7. One administration insider to resign and write a book documenting in detail how Bush was literally in the dark;

8. One to viciously smear #7;

9. One surrogate to campaign on TV and at rallies on how George Bush has had a strong light-bulb-changing policy all along;

10. And finally one to confuse Americans about the difference between screwing a light bulb and screwing the country.

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