And so it is done…

Barack Hussein Obama is now the 44th president of the United States.

Today’s inauguration of America’s first black president on the Washington D.C. Mall came nearly 50 years after another galvanic event on the same spot.

The echoes of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, a stirring cry for equality among people of all races, were not lost on the millions who attended Obama’s inauguration today.

So it was fitting that the Obama inauguration’s final invocation was given by The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a former head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and one of the last of a dwindling pool of ministers and civil rights leaders who marched with the great Dr. King.

Lowery, a legendary figure himself, closed with the words he has used in many speeches over the years: Continue reading

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Transparency, Got to Love It

As I am constantly reading about the proposed $775 billion dollar stimulus package that is being developed by the Obama administration the word that immediately comes to mind is transparency. At this point, most seem to agree that drastic measures need to be taken, but the extent of those measures is up for debate. Obama, however, has done a very good job at rolling out compromises by attempting to include a balance between tax cuts and new spending. Continue reading

Disinvite Rick Warren

I’m not really big on micromanagement.

And, as I’ve watched the parade of cabinet appointments issue forth from Chicago, I don’t have an all-consuming worry that president-elect Barack Obama is out to betray his left-of-center base.

He’s made some good choices, most notably on State, Energy, Education, Health and Human Services, and, um, Commerce.

We elected Barack Obama , and we empowered him to make those choices. His cabinet is his most important cadre of advisors. We must pay attention to the background of his nominees, and closely follow what they do after they take their offices.

So I’m feeling pretty good about the big choices.

I guess that’s why it bothers me so much that Obama has taken the grave misstep of inviting evangelical pastor and anti-gay rights activist Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration. Continue reading

DNC: Obama’s Speech

DENVER – History streamed into Denver’s Invesco Field last night in all shapes, sizes and colors. Nearly 84,000 people stood in line for hours to witness something many in this country thought they might never see – a Black man accept the nomination for the presidency of the United States.

But they also came to hear, finally, a call for leadership for a country weary of war and angry at economic and social imbalances that the current administration refuses to acknowledge, much less address.

And in his historic speech, Barack Obama did not disappoint.
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Obama’s Speech

DENVER – History streamed into Denver’s Invesco Field last night in all shapes, sizes and colors. Nearly 84,000 people stood in line for hours to witness something many in this country thought they might never see – a Black man accept the nomination for the presidency of the United States.

But they also came to hear, finally, a call for leadership for a country weary of war and angry at economic and social inbalances that the current administration refuses to acknowledge, much less address.

And in his historic speech, Barack Obama did not disappoint.

I watched as people around me alternately wept, shouted and stomped their feet as Obama pledged to be a voice for the millions of Americans who’ve been ignored these past eight years. Continue reading