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It's not an inauguration

but I can't decide if "coronation" or "canonization" is the appropriate word.

Perhaps I'm just too huge a cynic, but I have to hope that people aren't too disappointed when it's apparent that another in a long line of career politicians conducts business as usual in Washington, feeding shamelessly at the public trough.  *No One* can live up to this type of hype.  It only remains to be seen how long the honeymoon is going to be.

I don't deny the historic weight of it all, but the level of idolatry is just a wee bit alarming.


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Jan. 20th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I have basically no political opinions as I was raised not to vote and I don't even know the difference between left and right wing politics, etc. However, I think I basically agree with this. I like the way Obama bounces up onto the stage when he goes to take the microphone. Other than that, I know nothing about him. I think he's sorta cute and quite personable and that's that.

But people are reacting to his inauguration more as though it's the second coming of Christ than the installment of a new president. He's just a man. He won't do more than a man can. And there are people as UNhappy about him being president as others are happy...and the numbers are fairly close to even, it sometimes seems. I really don't think this is going to be that much difference in the world's overall happiness/well-being than any other presidency. I do think Obama is likeable, and it's been a while since the US had a likeable president. But I don't think he's a superhero.
Jan. 20th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
You'll get no argument from me on this one.

I hope he'll do a decent job, but I doubt that'll be enough.

Too many of the problems we're currently facing are too deeply entrenched in the structure of our government and the fabric of our society to be fixed in 4 years, or even 8. Many of them really require a radical re-thinking of some pretty basic theories and premises -- and I can't see that happening.
Jan. 20th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
It's true, there is a crazy amount of hype. I'm reminded of the way people will laugh hysterically at a not-that-funny joke in the middle of a sad movie. It's a knee-jerk reaction brought on by these times we are living in.

Still, change is needed & it has to start somewhere. What better place than right here, what better time than right now? If Americans are not ready to begin re-thinking the way our government affects our daily lives on this day, they never will.
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Another voice is heard!
I concur. But you've read my LJ and know that already :-D

Jan. 20th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Another voice is heard!
I was amused after I clicked "post" and flipped over to my friends page - yours was the first one I saw.
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
I have the speech text to take home and want to read it cold, ie without inflection etc. Tomorrow I plan to comment.
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
And of course, when he doesn't live up to it, anyone pointing that out will be charged with racism.... Because of course race is the only reason we'd ever complain about a president. /sarc
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