Obama in Baltimore
January 18, 2009 2:52pm CST
I'm from Md. and as much as I had wanted to be down at the War Memorial Plaza in front of the War Memorial building, there was two things that had me change my mind, the crowds and the bone chilling temperatures. I did watch it on tv and just as I had thought it was crowded. Boy, was it crowded! It was elbow to elbow and there were people that had blankets wrapped around themselves even bundled into their coats, hats, gloves, and scarves. If there had been any pick pockets in that crowd, their fingers would have snapped off before they could lift wallets! The event was kept on time, but not rushed either. Obama, his wife Michele, Biden's and his wife Jill, came out in coats and boots that were so cold looking, but I'm sure they were warm enough. I had to give it the women, they both were wearing wide purple scarves. Yaaa Ravens! Obama gave a speech that brought me to tears and I knew that if I was crying so were many others that were down there and their tears were freezing on their faces..lol I was so proud to be an American. Even though I realize that I am an American and have acknowledged that, it was the first time in my life that someone like Obama has reminded me that it's one thing to be an American, but it's another thing to live as an American and to know that our dream is still there and it's just waiting for us to make that change. All the politcal officials were there from Md. Mayor Shelia Dixon was there, but in lite of the recent allegations that she has been indicted on, she was not allowed up on the stage. She was allowed to stand in the VIP section that was off to the left of the stage. (To see what those allegations are do a search under Baltimore, Shelia Dixon, or Incicted) She was wearing a mink coat. The strange thing was that when her home was raided last summer, the police had that on their list to look for. They couldn't find it. Now giving her the benefit of a doubt, maybe it wasn't the same one. Obama is trying to keep his reputation as clear as possible. I feel that he is on the right track. With what is going on with the Govenor of Illinois and now with Baltimore's mayor, he does not have to leave a track where fingers could be pointed to him. I know that he could be jusy "another of those politicians", but I truley believe that he is an honest, sincere, well meaning man first and a politician 2nd. The other thing that I feel is the best for the White House is that it's one thing to say "family first", but it's reaaly a different thing when you actually have a family in the White House. I know that we have had the Bush twin's, but Obama's children are still young. They have a lot of growing to do yet and it will be nice to see that happen in the next four years. DCMerkle
• United States
19 Jan 09
I can tell that you, like many other of us Americans, have been deeply touched by President-Elect Obama. We are praying that he will get full cooperation from Congress and be able to do everything necessary to turn things around. With regards to Mayor Dixon, her mink was probably in storage. That is usually what happens in the summer time. You did not offer an opinion as to whether you believe she is guilty or not. Was she a nice person? Was she for the people? Do you feel the indictment was justified?
• United States
19 Jan 09
StarBright, I am hoping that Obama can turn this Country around and to do that he has to get the Congress to back him. Now I know that is a big order and I don't expect miracles, but there is more focus on getting the Congress to back him than any other President that I can remember. There's always been a definite, non-moving line between the parties, but this time I think, I hope, that the lines both move in the right direction. As for Dixon and the mink coat, I'm sure that storage was taken into consideration. Her house was raided and everything was taken that was thought could be evidence. If that coat was in storage, I'm sure there would have been some sort of ticket or paper that would have mentioned where it was. The coat was given to her by her boyfriend who just happened to be a developer that had bids in for projects in the city. He got both of them. One project completed and the other still under construction. Now for the questions. Do I feel that Dixon is quilty? Yes. The coat is just the tip of the iceberg. One of the issues that she was indicted on was gift cards that had been given to her to be given to the needy. The boyfriend/developer bought them for her. She was supposed to give them to agencies that worked with the poor in the city. Most of those gift cards went to her friends, her staff, and herself. She did not report them on her records. She was caught spending one of them on a Nintendo Gaming system, games and music. She used one of those cards and then wrote out a personal check for the balance. Was she nice? She seemed to be as was proven by her winning the election. She gained the trust of the citizens in Baltimore. She has really has cast a cloud of doubt on that trust now. Was she for the People? She said that she was going to work for the poor in the city. She had the chance to do that with the gift cards, but dropped the ball. The poor in the city were not on the top of her prioity list as far as the cards were concerned. Do I feel that the indictment was justified? Yes. She's innocent until proven quilty, but with all the proof that is building against her and most of that proof has been provided by Dixon, herself, it's looking pretty bleak. DCMerkle
• United States
20 Jan 09
Sad how politicians fall from grace. They have all the power and the glory and the money and they just can't seem to get enough. I was in Baltimore for an Indin wedding in 2007. You have a beautiful waterfront. Got lost looking for the local Walmart and for a minute I thought I had stumbled onto the set of The Wire. People there were very nice. I am hoping that President Obama's wife and children will help to keep him grounded and he will not forget why he became President, One thing in his favor - he is not a womanizer, he is a family man. That is usually their first weakness that leads to their demise.