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January 20, 2009

Some Inaugural Day Observations

by Stephen Gordon

“So it goes. One man with a record of disrespect for the Constitutional limits on his power leaves the office of the presidency, and another takes over,” writes Anthony Gregory.

If there is such a “mandate,” why is Markos Moulitsas elaborating about the “most technologically advanced protection vehicle in the world” — one which Obama requires for protection.

Markos does knock this one out of the park: “Hey, whatever happened to the people who claimed that Bush would never give up power? They were hilarious.”

Never fear, as they will be replaced by those already claiming that Barack Hussein Obama is really a terrorist in disguise.

Yes, there was a flub-up in the reading of the oath of office.  I’m sure some of the tin-foilers out there will also be stating that “Barack isn’t president because he wasn’t officially sworn in” for the next four years.

Obama’s best line: “As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations.  Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake.”

“Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, good-bye,” jeered the crowd at former (it felt good to write that) President Bush.

As with Bush, I’m still concerned about never-ending war, ever-increasing government spending and additional encroachments of our civil liberties.

Rush Limbaugh hopes Obama fails, while Ed Morrissey and Jon Henke “hope” for the best.

Doug Bandow may have summed up my feelings best:

Finally, after eight long years of wasteful spending, unnecessary war, and trashing the Constitution.  Finally!

Now the challenge begins to constrain President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress.  Onward and upward.

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  • Paul

    Rush L. hoping for a failed president… great, is that what we can expect from his loyal followers too? Hope that he fails?

    I suppose Rush has dual citizenship so that he can avoid the failures that he’s hoping for.

    One does not hope for a failure; the worst one should hope is for embarrassment. Failure would be bad for everyone.

  • Akston

    “As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake.”

    Definitely a stirring sentiment, if a bit non-specific.

    If he means he’ll respect civil liberties and in the face of external threats, I’m happy to support him in that. If he means he’ll respect the limits in the constitution (that rule of law), including adherence to limited and enumerated powers – even in the face of public demands to the contrary – then I’m even happier to support him.

    I guess I’ll have to wait and see what actions follow the words.

    But I am happy we’re out of the Bush leagues.

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