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Presenting President Barack Obama

Today is one of the most important, profound days of my life.

Welcome, President Obama.

I did not have the pleasure of attending the inauguration, but was instead glued to the TV in my company’s breakroom, and got to witness President Barack Obama’s swearing in, as well as his amazing speech.

There is nothing I can say to add to this moment, so I have posted the text of the speech in its entirety below.

Enjoy, and please…

Take these words to heart.

Full transcript as prepared for delivery of President Barack Obama’s inaugural remarks on Jan. 20, 2009, at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many.

They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn. Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control – and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart – not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort – even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages.

We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed – why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

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It Isn’t Just About the Politicians…

One of the fun aspects of a national election is getting to see some of the issues the voters in various states are grappling with.

Here are some of the interesting things I’ve seen tonight:

  1. Massechussetts has voted to decriminalize marijuana
  2. Michigan has voted to legalize medical marijuana
  3. The proposed abortion ban has failed in South Dakota
  4. Colorado has decided that human life does not begin at fertilization

This election is full of hot-button issues… from the very top of the ballot, where we must make the decision as to who our next president will be, along with choosing between various gubernatorial candidates, potential senators, representatives… all the way down.

States are dealing with such controversial subjects as same-sex marriage, stem cell research, abortion, affirmative action and the legalization of marijuana.

In Washington, voters are weighing whether or not to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.

Wowsers.

Never a dull moment.

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The Drama Begins To Unfold…

As the polls are closing, stories are rolling in.

As wonderful and historic as this day is, the news isn’t solely roses and rainbows.

In Florida, a swing state, we hear the tale of a polling station in Deerfield Beach.

This is a predominantly black area of the state, and as the polls opened at 7 a.m., there were already over 400 people in line.

The problem?

There was only a single voting machine to accomodate all of them.

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My Vote Has Been Cast…

It’s all come down to this… and now it’s Election Day.

Whew.

I’m basically having a nervous breakdown.

I intend to stay up all night tonight… no way I can sleep with all the excitement of the election all around me.

Good thing I took tomorrow off… by the time this is over, it will have been a helluva long day.

I was at the polls, ready to vote at 5:45 this morning.

After waiting about an hour, I cast my ballot.

As I was leaving the church, my designated polling place, I cried.

I voted for a black man today, and millions of my fellow Americans have- and will- do the same.

We are making history.

When I tell my two beautiful black-women-in-training that for them the sky is the limit…

… I can do so while looking them in the eye, knowing I am telling the truth.

This is what makes my country great.

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Get Out and Vote!

Good SloganThe time has come.

It’s all come down to this…

McCain and Obama have done their part… they brought us to this point… now the rest is up to us.

Please get out there and vote!

I didn’t sleep a wink last night in anticipation of voting today.

I’m like a little kid… just so excited!

I won’t sleep again, I’m sure, until we know who our new president will be.

God bless Obama… and let’s hope he kicks some ass!

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ACORN, Bogus Scandals and Registration Fraud

We need to talk about voter fraud for a minute.

This shit is getting on my nerves.

On the one side we have ACORN… and accusations that they are registering dead people, Scooby-Doo, Donald Duck and the pet goldfish.

On the other side we have organizations like Voter Outreach of America, a group which has been systematically destroying democratic voter registrations.

Huh.

So without condoning either tactic…

… Which is the method that will cause the most… or hell, any … damage?

Would it be the false voter registrations that will not result in a single bogus vote cast (unless some super-suave Democrat can manage to convince the volunteers at the polls that he is, in fact, Donald Duck)?

Or the destroyed registrations of actual citizens, who will find out on November 4th, when attempting to excercise their Constitutional right to vote, that they are not actually registered?

Kind of a no-brainer, dontcha think?

Ronald Michaelson, a McCain advisor, recently bemoaned the risks of fraudulent voter registrations by ACORN

… They want you to believe the possibility exists that because of a few employees’ pranks, the entire election is in jeopardy…

Yet when pressed, he was unable to cite a single example of ACORN’s shenanigans resulting in even one fraudulently cast vote.

Not a single one.

That’s cuz… uh… ACORN’s registration challenges have yet to extend to the polls.

ACORN’s problems are more on the financial side of things… they made the mistake of paying their workers by the number of registrations they submitted, instead of by the hour.

I can’t imagine voter registrators (is that even a word?) get paid a ton of money as it is… so I can see how the pressure would be on to register dead people and Disney characters.

The organization needs to investigate the allegations, fire the schmucks who are registering goldfish and move on. Hell, ACORN’s losing money in this deal as it is… they paid these jerks to register all their imaginary friends… so they aren’t benefitting from any of this at all.

On the flip side we have a group of Republicans, ostensibly registering anyone and everyone who is both eligible to vote and interested in voting… regardless of party line… diligently destroying the registrations of people who likely will not vote for John McCain.

In this case, we have names– actual victims whose ripped up registrations were pulled out of the trash can by a disgruntled Voter Outreach of America employee…

… voters like Daren Gray.

He wasn’t happy to learn that his registration never quite made it in.

Perhaps McCain, his cronies and his supporters, should be careful of who they choose to criticize… and be a little more mindful of the scandals they seek to create.

Just sayin’.

Otherwise that shit might just blow up in their faces.

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Dick Cheney, Charles Manson and Presidential Endorsements

I was surprised to learn that Dick Cheney endorsed John McCain yesterday.

My surprise doesn’t stem from the fact that Cheney endorsed McCain… Let’s face it… who the hell else was he going to vote for?

… I simply find it amusing that Cheney waited so long to do it.

It’s interesting that he waited until 3 days before the election to announce his anything-but-surprising support of Senator McCain.

Likely, he waited as long as he could for the same reason we haven’t seen or heard much of President Bush lately.

It’s my sense that McCain’s camp didn’t want Vice President Dick Cheney’s endorsement any more than they want Charles Manson’s support…

… And Charles Manson isn’t responsible for nearly as many deaths… and… uh… that’s sayin’ somethin’!

I’m certain Bush and Cheney were instructed to disappear- keep their damn mouths shut- and for God’s sake, don’t remind people that they’re leaders of same party as McCain/Palin.

Clearly, nobody wants four more years of the same.

The strategy probably stems from the assumption that most Americans have already decided who they’re voting for… and an endorsement from such an unlikeable person won’t cause near as many problems… or turn as many people towards the other ticket… as it would have, say, a few months ago.

With friends like Dick Cheney, who needs enemies?

Personally, I’m proud to be rootin’ for the other guy.

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Plot to Assassinate Obama, Blacks Disrupted by ATF

Government Foils Skinhead Plot to Assassinate Obama

Skinheads planned to kill Obama and 102 others in Tennessee.

FOXNews.com

Monday, October 27, 2008

 

Federal agents have disrupted a plot to assassinate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate dozens of black students in Tennessee, the ATF said Monday. 

In court records unsealed Monday, federal agents said they broke up plans to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school by two neo-Nazi skinheads. Agents said the skinheads did not identify the school by name. 

A source in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told FOX News that the two skinheads, who were picked up in Crockett County, Tenn., were plotting to shoot 88 black students and decapitate 14 others described as non-whites. The source said officials believe the suspects were planning to attempt an assassination against Obama. 

The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community. 

But officials could not describe how advanced or credible the plot was, nor could they say if they had contacted the Obama campaign. 

Jim Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of the Nashville field office for the ATF, said the suspects also sought to go on a national killing spree, with Obama as its final target. 

“They said that would be their last, final act — that they would attempt to kill Sen. Obama,” Cavanaugh said. “They didn’t believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying.”  

According to the affidavit, the suspects planned “to drive their vehicle as fast as they could toward Obama shooting at him from the windows.” 

The court document states that the suspects planned to dress in all-white tuxedos and top hats during the assassination attempt, and that they stated they were willing to die during this attempt. 

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the campaign would have no comment on the alleged plot. The John McCain campaign also had no comment. 

The men, Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman 18, of West Helena, Ark., are being held without bond. Agents seized a rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and three pistols from the men when they were arrested. Authorities alleged the two men were preparing to break into a gun shop to steal more. 

Attorney Joe Byrd, who has been hired to represent Cowart, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday. 

Cowart and Schlesselman are charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, conspiring to steal firearms from a federally licensed gun dealer, and threatening a candidate for president. 

According to the affidavit, the two suspects met over the Internet a month ago through a mutual friend. Both claimed to have “very strong beliefs and views regarding ‘white power’ and ‘skinhead’ views.” 

FOX News’ Catherine Herridge and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Amazon.com, Obama and Terrorists

On Amazon.com, if you happened to be shopping for Halloween costumes… let’s say you wanted to be a terrorist this year… and typed in the words, “Terrorist Costume” in their search engine, a single result would have generated:

amazon mask.jpg

Wonderful, isn’t it?

… In a scary right-wing hell-fire and damnation kind of way…

In my own “terrorist” search on amazon.com, the results also yielded Obama t-shirts.

Great.