Tuesday, January 20

New Era of Responsibility

It is only a few times in each person's life that they witness something world-altering. The last was over 7 years go in New York city. I saw the towers fall in world religions class. The future remains to reveal if 1/20 will be the new 9/11. As a voyeur I watch a nation that I do not belong to hand over their hope to one long-awaited man.

I am proud to be Canadian. Today was the first time that, although not faltering, my pride felt some envy. Our government and people need a renewal that is happening in the US. Just because we are smaller does not mean we have less of a need for responsible government. I long to see the day when Canada welcomes a person as deserving as Barack Hussein Obama. Time will show his true abilities but big promises have been made on this day.

"Our time of narrow interests and putting off of unpleasant decisions; that time has surely passed."

From the benediction, the best line ever:

"I can't wait for the day when Black won't have to get back
When brown can get around
When yellah can be mellah
When the red man can get ahead, man
When white will do what is right"

A promise to "do our business in the light of day" and not rely on "[their] power alone" to protect them or bully others.

He promised other nations "Your people will judge you on what you can build, not on what you destroy"


Anonymous said...

When white will do what is right. When white will do what is right?

Obama's not President for 44 MINUTES yet and someone deals the race card.

Here comes the 'change' alright.

Anonymous said...

Actually it said:
....help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right."

"Liberating" statements for Blacks, Asians, American Indians etc. and I suppose a race card dealt for the Whites? And this was a Prayer?!? This tops Jessie Jackson!

Katie V. said...

thanks for clarifying those lines. I was writing furiously to get all the lines I liked (yes, I realized it would be available later). Obama mentioned race too but it was pretty classy, stating the fact that his own father wouldn't have been served at a restaurant in DC 60 years ago.

NateS said...

Okay, I'll try to exercise some restraint here. I am American and I am a "White Man" I suppose although I never refer to myself as a White Man and I find the term offensive...not really but I could go with that right? Anyway, the fact that an African American was elected president should end all race debate and every affirmative action program in the country right? The fact that they (black leadership) bastardize the words of Martin Luther King Jr. is appalling really. MLK would really not be pleased by the tone of today's leadership. He stood for equality, not special treatment. MLK wanted everyone to be judged solely by the 'content of their character', and skin color should not matter...even in the favor of the minority!
While I did not vote for president Obama I truly wish him the best and hope that he succeeds, but I don't think his policies are what the country needs. His first act is to reinstate federal funding of abortion? That really doesn't seem to be a priority for a nation in financial distress. He'll have free reign to do as he pleases for 4 years anyway as the libs control the house and the senate and they'll ram everything through. We don't even know what his policies entail yet, so we'll have to wait and see. We'll see.