It is Inauguration Day!

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Woooohoooo!!! It is 12AM in Washington D.C. and in exactly 12 hours, Obama will be the new President!

It is still hard for me to imagine that this day is possible. I just hope for everyone's sake that all goes well and there are no incidents.
 

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A moments silence please for the careers of so many satirists that have now been destroyed....
 
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I'm going to celebrate by staying inside most of the day and avoiding all of the invaders to the town!

(I live in the DC area)
 
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I'm heading on the redline metro in a few hours (2 am here, 4 am metro opens)
 
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Obama Carries Weight of Economic Trauma, Wars Into Inauguration
http://news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg/20090120/pl_bloomberg/adngxzoyjxoe [Broken]

Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- American democracy has always promoted a central conceit: Any child can grow up to be president.

For 220 years, the reality has been different, a line of 42 white men.

Today, that string will be broken by a most unlikely individual, a black man born of an African father, with a slight political resume who has described himself as a “skinny guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name.”

Barack Hussein Obama, 47, will place his left hand on the Bible of Abraham Lincoln to take the oath of office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, which slaves helped build. The Lincoln Memorial will be within his gaze.

He will immediately inherit an economic mess so grave that it recalls the Great Depression, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the burden of being first. Obama has signaled he will make audacious moves on all fronts.

. . . .
I'm looking forward to Tuesday afternoon.
 
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I'm generally a cynic when it comes to politics and politicians and even I can't help but feel "goosebumpy" about this guy. I sincerely hope that he will be everything you Americans (and indeed the rest of the world) have hoped for.

A powerful country and a powerful economy is driven not by one man, but by a nation. Where Obama perhaps has the potential to become a great man, the very fact that he was elected reflects on the mindset and attitude of the American nation.

I believe that that is where the true power for progress lies: when a nation decides to do something new and different. That to me is the real beauty of the situation and Obama (until he's proven himself) is merely the embodiment of this phenomenal achievement.

I'll definitely be watching the inauguration. :smile:
 
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May I ask
It is still hard for me to imagine that this day is possible.
What is hard to believe ? Seriously :smile:
 
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I'm heading on the redline metro in a few hours (2 am here, 4 am metro opens)
Enjoy the celebrations!
 
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Watching obama's inauguration on CNN-facebook. works quite well.
You dont see Obama much, it's more like a "men in black" parade as of yet.

When Obama left church some spectator yelled out - really loud and repeatedly
"Don't kill the baby". Still wonder what he ment by that. Any ideas?
 
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When Obama left church some spectator yelled out - really loud and repeatedly
"Don't kill the baby". Still wonder what he ment by that. Any ideas?
I assume he isn't as anti-abortion as some of his co-religionists would like?
 
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Of course, how stupid of me, I totally forgot that the abortion subject still is a hot topic
in the US.
 
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May I askWhat is hard to believe ? Seriously :smile:
We have elected someone who is probably the most talented and intelligent President that I have ever seen. After the 2004 election, I had lost all hope for this country.

Do you have any idea what betting odds you would have been given in 2004 that the next President would be a black man named Hussein?
 
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Ivan is right. It's as if the US had adopted the Monty Python tag-line "and now for something completely different."

I have watched racial animosities ease over the decades, but even I was surprised and pleased that Obama managed to pull off a win. I hope he can make substantial progress against some of the challenges we face.
 
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... not to mention that even many black people, including young blacks, have stated that they did not think a black man would be President in their lifetimes. For that reason alone, this is a historic event. The birth defect of America has finally been corrected.
 
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For those who don't know, the original version of the US Constitution defined a black man to be 3/5 of a person.
 
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We have elected someone who is probably the most talented and intelligent President that I have ever seen. After the 2004 election, I had lost all hope for this country.

Do you have any idea what betting odds you would have been given in 2004 that the next President would be a black man named Hussein?
Your passion towards this person is quite remarkable. But take care if something unexpected happens.
 
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For those who don't know, the original version of the US Constitution defined a black man to be 3/5 of a person.
Only for the purpose of calculating election districts.
There was a similair problem with Scotland in 1600 - it had a lot of people but contributed very little tax revenue so they 'adjusted' the number of people. The civil service is still looking into the problem!

Do you think a black man was more/less likely than a white woman? Could Hillary have won it?
 
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Only for the purpose of calculating election districts.
There was a similair problem with Scotland in 1600 - it had a lot of people but contributed very little tax revenue so they 'adjusted' the number of people. The civil service is still looking into the problem!

Do you think a black man was more/less likely than a white woman? Could Hillary have won it?
I believe she could have, but the country would not be as united as it is now. The feeling of unity is really amazing...all but the most stubborn right wingers are excited about this day.
 
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Only for the purpose of calculating election districts.
Yes, since they were only slaves, they didn't count as much as a "real person".

There was a similair problem with Scotland in 1600 - it had a lot of people but contributed very little tax revenue so they 'adjusted' the number of people. The civil service is still looking into the problem!

Do you think a black man was more/less likely than a white woman? Could Hillary have won it?
If it wasn't for the phenomenon Obama, we would probably be inaugurating Hillary today.
 
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I believe she could have, but the country would not be as united as it is now. The feeling of unity is really amazing...all but the most stubborn right wingers are excited about this day.
Some hard lefties are unhappy as well. If both extremes are unhappy, we are on the right track.
 
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My betting would have been a Republican first black president (Powell?) on the 'nixon going to china' principle.

In the UK the conservatives (right wing) party had the first women leader and the first women prime minister, they also had a number of high ranking women cabinet posts.
The labour (left wing) government had no senior women and had to invent a 'minister for womens affairs' post in order to get any in the cabinet. Even now it is much more traditional at the grass roots than the right wing opposition.
 
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I believe she could have, but the country would not be as united as it is now. The feeling of unity is really amazing...all but the most stubborn right wingers are excited about this day.
I'm starting to get a bit concerned. Forgive me for being blunt, but the man hasn't done anything. How could one be excited already?
 
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aww, PF chat would've been cool today.

anyway, that pastor guy felt unnecessary, who is he?
 
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Cheney is gone!!!!
 
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anyway, that pastor guy felt unnecessary, who is he?
And why are we listening to someone just because he has an imaginary friend?
 

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