You’ve got to love a man who loves his wife. You want to talk “Family Values” America, this is it. Barack and Michelle Obama strike me as a couple deeply in love. I mean, look at the joy on that man’s face! The Clintons didn’t have it, the Bushes didn’t have it. I haven’t seen this much love since Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter occupied the White House.
Yes, the inaugural address had more references to ‘God’ than the Old Testament has ‘begats’, but buried within all that holiness was this:
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers.
Never mentioned before—may not be mentioned again in my lifetime—but at least for now we have a president that doesn’t consider 1 of every 8 Americans to be immoral, reprehensible, and unworthy of acknowledgment.
That’s the look I saw on Obama’s face when he took the oath of office. It’s not many presidents that you can say this about. Most look like you’ve just dropped an anvil on their heads. It’s like the weight of the job they are about to undertake is crushing them. Not Barack Obama though. He looks like he’s excited. Like he relishes the tasks ahead. In fact he looks like a guy who just won the lottery. Crazy I know, but aren’t you delighted that we finally have a president who looks like he actually wants the job?!
I’ve lived in our nation’s capital, and you can believe this frog when he tells you that winter in DC is FREAKIN’ COLD! So one has to wonder… What drives our newly elected presidents to deliver their inaugural addresses sans coat? Reagan did it. Clinton did it…twice! William Henry Harrison gave the longest inaugural address in history on a bitterly cold, wet March day with…you guessed it…no coat! He died 30 days later of pneumonia.
But Barack Obama wore his coat. Good for you President Obama! Wouldn’t want you dying on us. You’ve got way too much work ahead of you.
One thing you can count where ex-presidents are concerned is that Republicans, once they leave office, pretty much disappear from the scene. From Eisenhower on, the legacy of post-presidential non-achievement is unbroken.
If we’re very, Very, VERY lucky Bush, having returned to the territory slightly to the East of the Pecos, will never be heard from again.
I have resisted writing about the appalling situation in the Gaza strip because over the years the switch in my politics from pro to anti-Israel, has cost me many friends. But now, with a withdrawal and ceasefire looming, there’s something about this situation that needs to be said.
There is no question that blowing up busloads of Israeli citizens is evil. Lobbing crude rockets into civilian populations, as Hamas did at the outset of the conflict, is evil. But for Israel to then turn around and claim that what looks like a systematic attempt to exterminate the captive population of Gaza is a proportional response is the height of lunacy. Bombing hospitals, with children playing on the roof, is evil. Dropping white-phosphorous munitions…by the ton, on civilians, is evil. Trying to sink a boatload of doctors that are trying to bring relief to Gazan hospitals, is evil.
But perhaps most evil, is the cold calculation that dictates that the invasion must take place in the final month of Bush’s term and must be stopped before he leaves. And why? Because Bush supports Israel as no US president ever has through his monumental indifference. While Israel exterminates dozens of civilians for each militant they manage to kill, Bush calls off the State Department and forces the US to abstain when, even the spineless diplomats of the UN, resolve to condemn the invasion.
Thus, a thousand people had to die for no better reason than the fact that Bush is on the way out.
The jailing five Australians “for illegally entering Indonesia’s Papua province” shines an unwanted spotlight on this forgotten corner of the world. SMH
Indonesia would rather West Papua remained invisible, that the ongoing atrocities against the Melanesian population remain ignored.
Indonesians live in fear of West Papua freedom building the same sort of Australian and international support as their former colony of Timor Leste (East Timor). It seems the Australia government share that concern.
It should and you should know about this amazing region which boasts some of the greatest diversity on Earth, including flora and fauna, but extending to an incredible range of linguistic groups.
You can find out for yourself with search terms: New Guinea – Papua – West Papua – Irian Jaya…
Indonesia, it seems, will not allow basic freedoms for this subjugated population without world pressure to do so. Papua Merdeka – Free Papua more…