The Best thing about the Inauguration is?

  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Jan 21, 2009 6:53 PM GMT
    What single thing did you like best in Inauguration Day ?


    I will start;

    The Best thing was seeing EX pres Bush LEAVING WASHINGTON!
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    Jan 21, 2009 7:11 PM GMT
    TallGWMvballer saidWhat single thing did you like best in Inauguration Day ?


    I will start;

    The Best thing was seeing EX pres Bush LEAVING WASHINGTON!

    oh yes,,,,that is a given and way tops anything else.

    And of course the fact that a man of such talent as Obama coming in is a given too.

    But looking beyond the two men...

    I most liked the Benediction....and least liked that poem that was read.
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    Jan 21, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    Aretha Franklin's hat.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 21, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    It was like America just took a much needed shower
  • Koaa2

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    Jan 21, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
    At least now I don't have the urge to throw something at the TV when the leader of our country is speaking!
  • EricLA

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    Jan 21, 2009 10:42 PM GMT
    OK, someone already took Bush flying out of town.

    How about Sasha telling her dad after the oath, "Daddy, you're now officially president!"

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/21/sasha-obama-congratulates_n_159725.html
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    Jan 21, 2009 10:58 PM GMT
    My favorite moment of the day was Michelle Obama's reaction at one of the balls' when the President asked the crowd, "how good looking is my wife?" She standing there smiling and applauding her husband, like politicians wives are supposed to do, when she suddenly realizes what he said and gets embarrassed. It was very amusing and humanizing. You rarely get to see politicians express their affection in public in a way that doesn't seem rehearsed or forced.
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    Jan 21, 2009 11:37 PM GMT
    Yesterday was my hair washing day, so I missed the whole thing. But Ratings being off for the summer breakdown here, our TVs where full of it.

    I long for 3 years too pass so we are able to look back on the past 3 years, and see what time tells us. Will America stop playing big brother?
  • rnch

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    Jan 22, 2009 3:38 PM GMT
    the best thing about it is: it's over and done with! let's all TRY to swallow our political differences and support our new President.
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    Jan 22, 2009 3:45 PM GMT
    the best thing certainly wasn't the three fucking hours of marching bands...
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    Jan 22, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    Yeah, Bush & Cheney leaving would have been mine, too. And I love the comment made in another thread about Cheney looking like evil old Mr. Potter in his wheelchair, from the 1946 movie "It's a Wonderful Life."

    I never saw such large or wildly enthusiastic crowds at an Inauguration before. That was what really impressed me as being special about this one.


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    Jan 22, 2009 4:02 PM GMT
    "Air and Simple Gifts"
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    Jan 22, 2009 4:08 PM GMT
    The world sees American democracy in a positive light for the first time since Kennedy.

    I'm pretty impressed at the maturity and responsiveness of the American political system. Bush was a disaster = he got chucked out decisively and replaced with someone more capable. That wouldn't happen in Russia, China and maybe not in Britain, France or Germany.

    As Obama said is his speech,

    [Earlier generations] 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'.

    America now looks like it's setting an example worth following.
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    Jan 22, 2009 4:16 PM GMT
    Lost_In_The_Mail saidBush was a disaster = he got chucked out decisively

    Bush didnt get chucked out. He was constitutionally ineligible to run again.
    America still has a huge number, almost 50%, of idiots who can vote.
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    Jan 22, 2009 4:20 PM GMT
    ^ I know Caslon, but that's the same in every country.

    Don't forget that in England a Prime Minister can stay for as long as they want, Thatcher stayed for over a decade. She transformed the country and never even got 50% of the vote.

    I genuinely think America has shown the world a thing or two about grass roots democracy and the Presidential system has come off in a good light. The most capable candidate won and Bush's politics have been (fairly) decisively rejected.
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    Jan 22, 2009 4:20 PM GMT
    Caslon8000 said
    Lost_In_The_Mail saidBush was a disaster = he got chucked out decisively

    Bush didnt get chucked out. He was constitutionally ineligible to run again.
    America still has a huge number, almost 50%, of idiots who can vote.


    Exactly. In Australia, we do not have the advantage of the two term legislation.

    Our very own percentage of idiots kept a divisive, mean, self-serving liar in power for 14 years, to our own detriment. John Howard will long be remembered when the term "axis of evil" is used, along with Dubya and Tony Blair.

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    Jan 22, 2009 4:29 PM GMT
    cronker saidIn Australia, we do not have the advantage of the two term legislation.

    We had to legislate the two-term limit after FDR was elected to 4 terms. Before that, all presidents voluntarily adhered to George Washington's precedent of only serving for two terms.
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    Jan 22, 2009 4:44 PM GMT
    Barack and Michelle's affection.
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    Jan 22, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    hockeynick79 saidBarack and Michelle's affection.


    you mean their fisting?
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    Jan 22, 2009 4:54 PM GMT
    Caslon8000 said
    cronker saidIn Australia, we do not have the advantage of the two term legislation.

    We had to legislate the two-term limit after FDR was elected to 4 terms. Before that, all presidents voluntarily adhered to George Washington's precedent of only serving for two terms.


    Thanks Cas - I am only just learning me silly old head about American politics.

    I have just been researching about US presidents, and was a interested to learn that Obama's total personal financial package amounts to $US569K per year.

    No wonder Bill Gates or Michael Jordan have never run for office.
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    Jan 22, 2009 9:51 PM GMT
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    Jan 22, 2009 9:53 PM GMT
    Cheney in a wheelchair. What could be better? Oh, wait, Cheney on a gurney.
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    Jan 22, 2009 10:04 PM GMT


    The best thing for us up here was the endless phone-calls expressing admiration for your country, exclamations about everything from the massive turn-out, the benediction and the band (the gay one - my Mom couldn't get over it - she was so happy!)

    -Doug
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    Jan 22, 2009 10:06 PM GMT
    ZiMsTeR said"Air and Simple Gifts"



    THIS!

    <3 that song so much!!
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    Jan 22, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
    As Bush was leaving the White House, I could not help but be a little sentimental, a tear in my eye, "verclempt" even... with the thought running through my head.







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