-President Barack Obama from his Inauguration speech, Jan. 20, 2009.
To me, the above sentence from President Obama's speech yesterday should be the one most cited in the years to come.
In any event it is the one sentence that most defines the arduous tasks that face our new President and our nation.
His speech was the only thing that interested me about the whole day affair yesterday in the streets of our nation's capital. I don't care about the church services, the processions from the Capitol to the White House, the parades, and the Inaugural Balls. Beyond the speech, everything is just so much fluff and pomp and circumstance.
Too much importance has been and continues to be placed upon the fact that Barack Obama is the first black President of the United States. We know that. He was black when he threw his hat in the ring. He was black when we won the Democratic nomination. He was black when he was elected President. He'll still be black tomorrow. Let's move on away from race and give the man the support he's going to need if he's to succeed.
There were two topics of discussion that I heard on the news last night, read on the Internet and heard again this morning on the news that proves just how trivial people and the journalists who report to the people can be. There were positive and negative reactions to both - articles of fashion.
File this one under: "What was she thinking?"
I have to agree with the dissenters on this one. Aretha Franklin get's no R-E-S-P-E-C-T from me for whatever that thing on her head was supposed to be.
The wardrobe department for Barnum & Bailey's clown troupe must have picked that hat!
The other fashion debate was over the First Lady's Inaugural Ball dress.
I'm reminded of Carol Burnett's spoof skit of Gone With the Wind in which she comes down a flight of stairs wearing drapes. She said when asked about the 'dress' - "It's just something I saw in a window."
Her dress looks like it was made from the same material as the chenille curtains and drapes my grandmother used to hang in her bedroom windows. (Now, the outfit she wore in the parade - looked great!)
I don't normally comment on women's tastes or lack thereof when it comes to fashion, but I threw it in today just because of the enormous amount of posts and discussions about "the hat" and "the dress." I don't know what the numbers are, but it seemed like the two received mostly thumbs-down reviews.
It was cold in Washington D.C., and my hat's off to those millions of people who braved the elements to be there.
Weather wise Wednesday was a curious one on the Eastern seaboard today. It was 32 degrees in Orlando, Florida and 52 in Presque Isle, Maine. Did someone turn the weather maps upside down? Do you know how we New Englanders can tell how intense our snowstorms are going to be?
I have often been confused when I was hearing the following terms with reference to the word service.
Internal Revenue ServiceBut one day, I overheard two farmers talking and one of them said he had hired a bull to "service" his cows.
U.S. Postal Service
State, City & County Public Service
Then it hit me ... It all came into focus. Now I understand why they are called service agencies.