Dave’s Strange and Unusual World

January 21, 2009

Thoughts on Yesterday

Filed under: Politics — dangrdave @ 11:20 pm

Was I the only one a little bit disturbed by the whole inauguration-day coverage?  A couple of areas made me feel a bit awkward throughout the day.

1) Other nations were watching our inauguration and cheering, smiling and singing happy songs.  The whole world seemed to be on our side, and the attitude was one of a late 70s-era Coke song where the whole world finally learned to sing in perfect harmony (though, if the sampling that we’ve all seen on American Idol is valid, then things won’t be as grand as we may believe).  The whole world is NOT supposed to be on our side if we are really doing our job, in my opinion.  The only reason that the world sang in perfect harmony yesterday is because they believe that America is going to “sit in the back of the bus” and quit doing what is right in this world and begin pursuing everyone else’s best interests over our own.  That’s my take on this point.

2) The American media coverage was completely and irredeemably biased.  I listened to NPR on the way home from work and, if I didn’t know better, I could have sworn that all of the reporters, both male and female, actually wanted to bear the new president’s love child.  The reporters were singing O’s praises as if he had just come down the mountain with two stone tablets.  One reporter described the mood on the mall as something like a religious revival and folk festival all roled into one.  Now, I’m willing to give the new president a chance, but reason should not go out the window and no man should be proclaimed saviour of the world before he has actually spent his first day on the job…putting someone this high up on a pedestal leaves a lot of room to fall.  And, before I quit this point, I believe that W did a great job, but the only thing reported was how “the outgoing president” messed everything up and how O was there to put everything right again.

3) I was disappointed that the new president did not accept the oath of office bare chested, as I know that his pectoral muscles were the object of America’s attention for several weeks last year.  The new president, looking quite “buff,” even met Spiderman in the comic books recently.  I am sure that the festivities would have been better if the new president’s chest were showing, but I guess this is being reserved as a deterence to other nations.

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