President Elect Obama & Inauguration 2009

United States
January 17, 2009 2:23pm CST
I just read a discussion where someone is generally concerned with the idea that all the channels are going to be covering this Inauguration. I felt compelled to speak more on it from my point of view. A lot of things have happen in this World and this Country that none of us will ever understand. However, this is not one of those. In your life time if your blessed you will experience some awesome "one in a life time" things. For me,since I was born in 1965 in North Carolina in a black earth suit as it were. I have seen a lot! Somethings despicable, some things more awesome than words can describe. Watching the "Civil Rights Movement" unfold in my life time was one. Also, the "Bicentennial" was not only celebrated in my lifetime. We had this huge show at school in 1976 and I will never ever for get being thankful to witness such a thing. The Inauguration is one such occasion and I am assuming it's pretty special to a lot of people. This country is only about 12 percent African American. There is no way WE put him in office. There are a lot of wonderful people out there from all walks of life that just had enough already. This moment in time is as significant if not more than when slaves were set free, black people could sit on the bus where they wanted to, school became integrated and I was part of that personally. It's OK, "This to shall pass" like the bible says. For this moment in time, let's just enjoy it and move on. One day you can tell your grandchildren about it, or if you voted for him like I did. You can say hey, our whole family went to the polls together and helped to put the first Man of Color in office. What ever the case, we are all in this together and we have to work together. God Bless you for reading my thoughts and God Bless this Great Country of Ours that all the Soldiers are risking their lives to help protect.
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@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
18 Jan 09
I can't see why anyone would have a problem with so many channels covering the inauguration. It is one of the most historic events in our lifetimes. This really proves a person can become ANYTHING, no matter what their skin color is.
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@ulalume (714)
• United States
18 Jan 09
I'll start off by saying I did not vote for him (I voted Bob Barr but that is another story), but I think this is the first time someone who voted for him (who is from African American decent) actually explained why his election is so important. The way you wrote was just so much better than the snippets of people on the news who are excited...just because he is black. This is one thing that irritated me about him, his supporters. As I stood in line for a few hours to vote for my first time, so many people were giving stupid reasons for voting for him. I even heard "I'm voting for him just because he is black" as well as even more stupid ones like "He has children, I'm voting for him." These seem to me as blatantly stupid reasons to vote for someone. I do not think race or skin tone should really matter. I voted based on policies and the level of trust I have for the person. I kind of wish the rest of the country would have done the same. It is one thing to have someone vote for Obama (or anyone) because they truly feel (beyond color of skin and race) that his political views are most close to theirs. But it is another annoying (and ignorant) thing just to be biased towards this man because he is "not white." It is almost a double standard I see from some individuals of minority groups. So frequently racism, classism, and sexism are called out against white people; yet empty votes that some people cast just to get their race into the white house is pretty weak on their part. Again, like I said I really was more-so moved by what you wrote though. It seemed so much more honest about why you feel his election and race caused such an impact for civil rights and such. Despite my disagreeance about his political views, I am thankful you have enlightened me in some way because I find I myself am ignorant of the views of minorities (occasionally) due to the ignorance of some people as seen on the news or in lines waiting to vote.
@ulalume (714)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Oops, and to add. I don't see why anyone would complain about all the news channels covering it. The media goes where the media will be able to make money, the inauguration is no different. My biggest worry is an attack on the area with so many people massively congested, which is why I would never go to a ceremony such as this; even if I wanted the man being sworn into office to be there.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
19 Jan 09
You're right, it's such a historic event I can't imagine anyone NOT wanting to watch it. There's really not a whole lot more to say other than I'm very proud of my country and proud to be an American right now. I'd like to echo your words, God Bless America and God Bless our troops! Annie
• Japan
18 Jan 09
Well I will be watching. This is a historic day. But let`s be honest. Every inaugration is covered by the news and it`s on all of the channels. This is not the first time. The only difference is for the first time when we hear the words it will have meaning for all Americans not just a few. For some it will have a very special meaning. I wish i could be home in the states with my family to get their reactions to what`s happening. The date and time could not be more perfect. the day after the King celebration. Well, I wish everyone could enjoy the moment but i realize that is wishful thinking. But I am so happy that America proved me wrong. I said I would never live to see this day. So, i `m going to enjoy it and for those who don`t I wish you could understand what this means to peaople of color not only in America but the World.
@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Hi PrincessArlene, I remember I was out in my living room and my b/f was watching the polls on election night but I could hear the counts and was so happy when the count came in after my state poll closed and Obama was announced the winner. My b/f helped spead Obama's messsge when I couldn't. We are both people of color, Native American. This is for sure the greatest thing we both observed in our life times. I was also alive during the civil rights movement and the Bicentennial but my b/f was born 2 years after the Bicentennial. I will be watching the Inauguration on tuesday, most of my family member will have a new boss for they are government employees.
@dfollin (12768)
• United States
17 Jan 09
I totally agree with you.I was born in 1961 in Washington,DC.I am white and I voted for Obama and would love to be at the Inauguration.I live in northern Virginia and it's freezing here.But there are still many people coming here for the ceremony,balls and parties. I choose to stay in the hotel we are temporarily living in and watching it on tv.I am glad that it is going to be on tv There are many people who reserved to come in and stay in the hotels as far as in the southern part of Virginia and up into West Virgia to come to the inauguration.But,because of the freezing tempretures here a lot of people are cancelling their trips. I remember when I was a child one of the most historical events when the first landing on the moon and my uncle sat and stetched the sceens from the tv.He still has them.I want to inherit them from him. I am not part of that 12%,because I am white and part native american and I as well as my grown son,my mother and uncle all voted for Obama.I am very proud to say that he is going to be our president. Thank you for sharing your thought's and as you said,God bless this country and our troops.