( – promoted by buhdydharma )
Speaking as a supporter who will cut you no slack when you are wrong, I am mighty proud to have you as my President.
I am specifically writing to thank you for taking the first step in closing the gulags at Guantanamo and elsewhere, and for shutting down Bush’s military commissions.
While I’m at it, thanks for putting some teeth back into the Freedom of Information Act. Also, please reconsider your approach in Afghanistan. It is a debacle too. There is nothing to win there. And please stop the violence in Gaza and everywhere else. Blessed are the peacemakers.
To everyone else, please sign the ACLU’s “Thanks for acting on Day One” message to President Obama.
P.S. The following are my notes on the inauguration. I was going to expand them into a proper diary but it seems like overkill at this point.
Notes on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009
It’s 10:00 am and I am watching the celebration in DC. This is an unbelievable event. I am feeling a tapestry of complex emotion: relief, fear, joy, concern, pride…and stunned disbelief that the Bush nightmare is finally, mercifully, blessedly over – even if the nightmares he saddled us with remain. I believe, in addition to everything else, I am suffering a profound case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder…but I don’t mind.
I want to be jubilant, and I’m experiencing brief spikes of it, but I can’t quite seem to sustain it. I am proud of my country, believe me – I am moved, I am stirred, but I am worried about too many things. This is a great day for America, but I fear it may have come too late. Lord how I pray that I will be proven wrong.
The view of BHO coming onto the dais was inspirational. I wish it didn’t include all those like DiFi, Hoyer, Reid and Pelosi. Dear God, we could do without all those corrupt assholes. Why does our government, even the democratic side of it, look like a rogue’s gallery of thievery, wankery and ethical misconduct?
‘retha made me cry. What a voice. What a song. Let freedom ring. Indeed.
Obama and Biden are having to twist around in their seats and crank their necks to look at Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman. Seems like bad planning. The CNN announcer just stated that BHO, though not yet sworn in, is now the POTUS. Tears of joy for Barack Obama.
He chokes a bit at the oath – perfectly understandable (it’s all Roberts’ fault…grrrrr) – but now it’s official. He is now President Barack H. Obama. Congratulations Mr. President! And congratulations America! Glory, glory hallelujah!
Some may be surprised that I am so pleased, since I criticized Obama recently. Not even our new President will ever receive my uncritical support. I expect (and hope) to be pleased by most of what he does but I fully intend to sound off (for whatever it may be worth) any time that I think he is in error.
Unqualified and uncritical support of any leader is not the duty of patriots. Our duty is not to the President. Our duty is to the nation…and the world.
We will be doing President Obama and our country a deep disservice any time that we fail to call him on it when he is wrong. And there are going to be those times.
I love, admire and respect President Barack Hussein Obama, and I am truly delighted that he is our 44th President – but for me, there shall be no passes when it comes to kicking Presidential asses.