It's a New Dawn

Grace Slick uttered her most memorable line at Woodstock, coming onstage Saturday at 6:00 am, saying:

Alright Friends, you have seen the heavy groups, now you will see the morning maniac music. Then she walks out to the stage with the music playing louder and she yells, Good Morning People. Believe me, it's a new dawn.

She and the band then launched into "Volunteers" (a theme that fits nicely with Obama's emphasis on service.)

Of course, we're not getting a revolution, just change, which after 8 years of Bush is just fine with most of us. The point being, there never was going to be a revolution in Washington, but I'm thrilled as could be to get even a sea change. And we will get that.[More...]

Bush, Cheney, the Bush DOJ, the neo-cons, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and the rest of the terrorites are marching home today. A Democrat who shares our values is moving in, with a beautiful and smart wife and two adorable children who are a delight to observe.

Of course we won't get all the change we want but we will get much of the change we need. For that alone, I'll be humming along with Grace today, singing "it's a new dawn" and blaring Volunteers at high volume all day.

One generation got old
One generation got soul
This generation got no destination to hold
Pick up the cry
Hey now it's time for you and me
Got a revolution
Got to revolution
Come on now we're marching to the sea
Got a revolution
Got to revolution
Who will take it from you
We will and who are we
We are volunteers of America

Here's one more song I'll be humming today: The Chambers Brothers and The Time Has Come Today:

Congratulations, President and Mrs. Obama. Welcome to your new home. We couldn't be happier this day has finally arrived.

And congratulations to us. We have our country back from 8 abysmal years of Bush and Republican rule.

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    I've been singing Jimmy Cliff's I Can See Clearly (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by steviez314 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:03:03 AM EST
    These United States (5.00 / 4) (#6)
    by AscotMan on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:18:26 AM EST
    Whenever I travel outside these Isles and get into discussions with a fellow traveller (most often a fellow European), our conversations always seem to follow the samew pattern. We talk about where we are from, our families, current affairs and places we've been; then we talk about America.

    We mount our proverbial high horses and pour scorn on the disconnect between the country's ideals and its actions. We laugh at the fact that only a tiny percentage of its citizens have passports (It never occurs to us that the number we are talking about exceeds the population of London). I regale them with stories about my trips to little towns like Mitchell IN, Livingston AL and Altoona, PA - and we will laugh and move on to other topics.

    That this day has come, this soon, is something I feel all Americans should be proud of. Of all Obama's lofty rhetoric, the two that move me the most are when he says "in no other country in the world is my story even remotely possible" ("even remotely" being my own additions) and his first sentence on election night about those who doubt that American ideals still holds.

    I was never a fan of his at the beginning and was backing Hillary way before that was a popular thing to do on this site. Even our hostess was cool on her at the beginning and was hoping the fine Senator from Wisconsin would throw his hat into the ring. But this is where we are today. He will be POTUS. And the world will be watching. Looking up, I suspect ala John Winthrop.

    Next time I'm in Florence, debating whether to have another espresso or catch the next train to Livorno and a Swede or Fin walks in, I suspect we might follow a different pattern in our conversation.

    Thank you America - this Brit wants you to know we see the beacon; is hoping we are heading your way and that one day, we will get there.

    What a day?!

    Interesting thoughtlessness (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by cal1942 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 07:26:19 AM EST
    We laugh at the fact that only a tiny percentage of its citizens have passports

    Of course it never seems to occur to Europeans like AscotMan that the US borders only two other nations (leaving out Russia which Sarah Palin is allegedly watching from her front porch) and until later this year a passport was NOT required for entering either nation.

    In case AscotMan hasn't noticed, the US is separated from Europe and Asia by quite large bodies of water.  The average American can't afford to go jetting off to foreign destinations just as the average European can't afford to go jetting off to the new world.

    This diasporic Englishman and millions of my fellow citizens are far more sickened by the gap between ideals and actions than any people from any other land.  After all the actions of the last eight years were done in our names and have soiled us all. No one is more aware than we.


    whoa .... (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by AscotMan on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 07:56:12 AM EST
    thoughtlessness? Maybe, I can see why you would say that and I apologise. However, I'd hope you can tell from the tone of my whole post that that wasn't what I was going for. Enjoy the rest of your day.

    For what it's worth (5.00 / 0) (#40)
    by NYShooter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:17:30 AM EST
    I got it.



    well (none / 0) (#45)
    by Nasarius on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:25:32 AM EST
    just as the average European can't afford to go jetting off to the new world.

    Millions of German tourists all over the world would disagree with you.

    The USA remains, in terms of GDP per capita, one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Canadians travel much more (hard to find perfectly comparable statistics, but it looks like about 3x as many overseas trips per capita).

    "It's too far" and "it costs too much" may be valid reasons for you, but they simply don't explain the numbers.


    Thanks for your viewpoint (none / 0) (#53)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:39:38 AM EST
    It is always hard to see ourselves through the eyes of an outsider but you do a good job capturing it.

    Being a country that trumpets its supposed ideals so loudly of course leaves us open for others to notice how often we fall short. You seem to also appreciate when we get it right, and I hope that is a common attitude overseas.

    I'd love to talk about it in a cafe in Florence sometime! i do have a passport, but haven't used it for a while.


    Regale them with stories. (none / 0) (#70)
    by sj on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:37:34 AM EST
    About Mitchell IN, Livingston AL and Altoona, PA.  Really.  How very droll.

    [Or is the word I'm looking for "patronizing"? Unintentionally so, I'm sure.]  No doubt some of your best friends are US citizens.


    I heard Keb Mo's version of (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:38:34 AM EST
    'The Times They Are a Changin' on the XM yesterday. I'm singing that today.  Also 'Here Comes The Sun'. It's been along cold lonely winter indeed.

    My real name is Dawn so I was glad to see J's headline, and glad to have that name on such a great day.

    Despite the hardships, every day to come that starts with Bush and Cheney out of office at least has a chance to be a good day.

    A new dawn today, and (5.00 / 6) (#12)
    by Anne on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 07:06:18 AM EST
    one tomorrow and the next day and the next... we're going to need to hold onto the "new dawn" concept each and every day, so that we don't find ourselves back at midnight again: in the dark and afraid to sleep because of the nightmares...

    It's bitterly cold here, just 35 miles or so north of DC.  It snowed yesterday - one of those pretty snows that outlines all the tree branches and makes the countryside look like a Christmas card.  

    Everything looks so clean and fresh - and, boy do we need that in government today!

    I am being captured by the excitement of the people who have traveled across the country, who saved their pennies so they could be part of an historic day.  You can see the hope, the longing for a new era, you can feel the pride just bursting out of the people of color.  The faces of the children make me want to cry, as I see the real faces of hope, and the real need for change.

    The hopes and prayers of a nation will be placed on the shoulders of Barack Obama today, a tremendous burden and and an enormous gift.  As critical and skeptical as I have been, it may be hard for people to understand just how much I hope this man is successful in turning this country around, to setting things right that have been so, so wrong.

    I liked an interview with someone from (none / 0) (#72)
    by andrys on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:49:45 AM EST
    another country who said it's not just hope for America, but for the rest of the world, much of which is feeling this and they had to be there.

      Sure agree with all you say, except that I also like the pride bursting out of people of "non"-color ! (though I remember that with light of a monitor, equal intensities of red, blue and green colors result in white!).  For everyone it's shared pride in what's happening today after the midnight you describe (I'm thinking of midnight in a filling cemetary the last 8 yrs).

      The fact that color doesn't mean (as) much today and old barriers are down, and the faces I see -- in the multitudes shown on TV -- are ecstatic about the inauguration, that is really strong.  

      (Unfortunately, Warren is speaking as I type this sentence.)


    I've been singing along to Nina Simone's (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by indy in sc on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 07:45:25 AM EST
    rendition of "Feeling Good"..."It's a new Dawn, it's a new Day, it's a new Life--and I'm feeling good!"

    Of all the things that people are enjoying (none / 0) (#27)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 08:41:24 AM EST
    I haven't really found a song to listen to today until now so thanks for sharing this.  It really fits for me.

    Don't miss "A Change is Gonna Come ... (none / 0) (#74)
    by andrys on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:02:43 AM EST
    ... a long time coming"
      Jon Bon Jovi, live, January 15.

       Another good one.



    But the newspaper reveals Yo Yo Ma (none / 0) (#82)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 24, 2009 at 10:23:50 AM EST
    and Itzhak Perlman weren't actually playing their string instruments in the chilly outdoors during the Inaugural ceremony!

    Lame Media (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by cal1942 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 07:50:21 AM EST
    Jumping betweeen the three network early morning shows it's easy to see that one of our principle problems will remain a principle problem.

    Saw Matt Lauer interviewing Colin Powell; asking the same 'what did you feel' question(s) and Powell stating that our principle domestic problems are crime and drugs.

    When a talking head on ABC said that the Tuskegee Airmen would be at the inauguration one of ABC's shining stars said that the sisters and MOTHERS of the Tuskegee Airmen would also attend.

    Back to NBC to hear David Gregory say that Obama needed to work with and gain the cooperation of Republicans. Apparently David, like so many other Village pundits, is math challenged.

    Fortunately I ran into commercials on CBS.

    Looking at the media, this is anything but a new dawn.

    When there's more truth in advertising (none / 0) (#33)
    by Cream City on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:08:09 AM EST
    than in the "news," you're correct -- a great line you've got there about commercials.

    So this country, founded on the public's "need to know" remains in trouble no matter who is in the White House, when the sorry media still will control what the public is supposed to think about who is in the White House.


    Absolutely and unfortunately true (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:13:14 AM EST
    If the media is allowed to direct and dumb down the discussion of alternative policies, it will be very hard to make the most beneficial changes. I hope Obama has a plan for dealing with this, because it is a certainty that it will happen.

    Ratings and Revenue (5.00 / 2) (#59)
    by mmc9431 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:51:16 AM EST
    Now that the news department of every network is tied to profits, integrity in journalism is dead. The ultimate example of this is the war. Network executives determined that the public was tired of the war, so in spite of the fact that this has been described as the "greatest challenge facing the 21st century", the war ignored. I gues they think we're way more interested in what Brittany or Madonna are doing!

    MSNBC guys sd. the inaugural speech (none / 0) (#83)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 24, 2009 at 10:25:05 AM EST
    wasn't filled w/rhetoric?  Really?  Good rhetoric, but--stil..

    No new dawn today for (none / 0) (#69)
    by Cream City on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:37:12 AM EST
    my daughter's fiance, who got word today with thousands of others at his huge company that he and everyone hired since 1999 is laid off.

    At least they'll have time together to be depressed, since she was laid off a week before Christmas.

    And he will have to cut back on his meds for a chronic disease.

    Not a new dawn here.  I hope others enjoy the day.


    Sorry to hear it (none / 0) (#71)
    by mmc9431 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:47:58 AM EST
    The toll on American families is growing by the day. This financial stress is mounting. Two of my friends called over the weekend to tell me their daughters were getting divorced. I also read where 1 out of 54 homes in this country are in foreclosure! A really disturbing figure.

    We have new people in place. I hope that they realize that the country needs bold action immediately. We don't have the luxery of a wait and see attitude.


    Thanks, and you called it -- (none / 0) (#76)
    by Cream City on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:24:00 AM EST
    re the stress on families.  And the future -- we in academe are seeing a huge decline in frosh enrollments, a 15%! drop this fall even before bad went to worse.  So we're seeing what looks like another drop this semester.

    And we're facing even more huge budget cuts, which will mean layoffs for many instructors, too.  At my campus, we're focusing (by taking on extra courses, for example) on trying to at least get current students graduated . . . but for what jobs?


    Government hospitals in India (none / 0) (#84)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 24, 2009 at 10:26:03 AM EST
    are free.  

    Not math-challenged (none / 0) (#75)
    by andrys on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:05:09 AM EST
    Many Democratic senators and representatives are very conservative.  He WILL need Republicans to help get done all that must be done, with so much of it a guess at what will work, and with so much risk for all.

    Leadership (none / 0) (#77)
    by mmc9431 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:26:14 AM EST
    The problem with that is if we can't get Democrat's to vote on a Democratic bill, I don't hold out a lot of hope for Republican's to bail it out. They tend to march in step a lot better than Democrat's do. I just wish the Democratic leadership was as hard nosed asthe Republican leadership is!

    At some point today I will cry (5.00 / 3) (#18)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 07:57:32 AM EST
    I feel it scratching at the back of my throat this morning. I'm not watching television or anything like that either.  I haven't in awhile.  I don't need that input today to understand how personal this is.  It is simply knowing that I'm probably not going to have to stay the course anymore, there is a hope again now that that is not my plight.  Other ideas and solutions can be brought to the table and considered and given a shot at it.  Still probably have a civil war to look forward to in Iraq, I don't think it is in the cards to get to skip that.  If there is a chance to skip it though at least that chance, those ideas......they will be on the table now.  Today is probably only the first day I will have some tears of mixed sorrow and relief and a bit of hope, but I think a bit of healing might have a chance now too.  I couldn't sleep last night so was up and 'In the Valley of Elah' came on.  I sat in bed and watched it numbly and sort of understand that I'm a part of the numb brokeness of the holding pattern.....of staying the course.  There is nothing profound about the movie for me and there never has been.  I never wanted the numbness, it was simply what had to happen in order to survive.

    I can feel the emotion behind (5.00 / 2) (#22)
    by Anne on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 08:16:02 AM EST
    my eyes, and in the tightening of my throat.  It's not the "who" of it all, but the "what."  It's the enormous sense of America that rises up, of the ideals and ideas, and how much we really are invested in our country.

    Call me a sentimental fool, but the pomp and circumstance gets to me every time; that moment when the hand goes on the Bible, when the oath is taken, flags waving, millions of people holding their breaths - it's just an incredible moment.


    I will too (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:05:08 AM EST
    I'm leaving work at 11 to go watch it at home, away from all the cynicism around here.

    Today is probably only the first day I will have some tears of mixed sorrow and relief and a bit of hope, but I think a bit of healing might have a chance now too.

    There are so many emotions.  Relief that, as you say, some better solutions will be able to be brought forward and hope that they will work. Joy that what was once thought an insurmountable barrier has been broken. So many people worked so hard and gave their lives to make this possible - just seeing the faces of the civil rights elders in the audience will make me cry.

    In the little bit of CNN I watched before work they seemed focused on the people there for the rock star aspect of it - calling it 'barackstock', etc. that turns me off and I will have to try not to let that annoy me so much that the positive emotions get drowned out. I think the majesty of the moment will do that, if I just don't turn on the TV until 11:30.


    Sigh (5.00 / 6) (#21)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 08:08:32 AM EST
    I just had to inform a co-worker that Obama is really really really not a secret Islamic one man sleeper cell. He was relieved that he is taking the oath on the Lincoln Bible - or at least he was relieved until I said 'Think about it though - if I were an Islamic sleeper cell, the Lincoln Bible is exactly how I would take my oath of office'. Sometimes you just have to toy with these people.

    Bad Bad Ruffian! (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by Molly Bloom on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 08:26:33 AM EST
    I know, I'm bad (5.00 / 4) (#25)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 08:40:00 AM EST
    The look of confusion on his face was worth it though.

    Evil woman...... :-)! (none / 0) (#39)
    by vml68 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:14:02 AM EST
    You're terrible :) (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 08:40:04 AM EST
    The Islamic faith also says that it is okay to swear allegiance to the faith attempting to eradicate yours in order to be the one man sleeper cell :)

    I was sure it must ;-) (none / 0) (#28)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 08:54:52 AM EST
    Honestly, this guy was so breathless when he came into my cube - 'Did you hear Obama is taking the oath on a BIBLE??!!' I was like, well, yeah, what did you expect, the Koran? and he said yes, he did expect a Koran - that's what he heard " on all the news". I know his news sources.

    Really, I sincerely hope the next few years will be an education for these people. This guy does seem willing to learn.


    Four years? (none / 0) (#34)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:08:33 AM EST
    Do we really get four years of thought filled group experiences where people will face a few fears and challenge a couple of their personal biases?  You're kidding me right?  Everybody hates America now :)

    Yeah, I may be overly optimistic there (5.00 / 1) (#41)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:19:57 AM EST
    But I think at point, at some level, some of the guys I work with, the most stalwart Republicans there are, are going to have to say 'gee, maybe he really isn't a Muslim', or 'he hasn't taken my guns away', or whatever the latest Rush prediction is will be proven wrong. Or maybe they'll find they actually like living in a country not known for torturing people.

    Yeah, that last one is a stretch. But something has to sink in, doesn't it? Maybe I drank too much champagne last night.


    Did you ask... (none / 0) (#58)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:51:02 AM EST
    ...how he felt about Libby not getting a pardon?  So many ways to toy with wingnuts today!

    "I'm flabbergasted," said one influential Republican activist, who had raised the issue with White House aides, but who asked not to be identified criticizing the president. Ambassador Richard Carlson, the vice chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a neo-conservative think tank, added that he too was "shocked" at Bush's denial of a pardon for Libby.

    "George Bush has always prided himself on doing the right thing regardless of the polls or the pundits," Carlson said. "Now he is leaving office with a shameful cloud over his head."

    I am so excited. (5.00 / 2) (#29)
    by Lil on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:01:42 AM EST

    I confess (5.00 / 3) (#30)
    by Steve M on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:04:03 AM EST
    I'm not feeling anything particularly special today.  I felt great on election night, I felt great the next day, I felt great the day after the 2006 election too.  But today, it's just sorta like the awards ceremony, and it doesn't really capture my attention.  At this point I'm much more interested in the road ahead and how we get from point A to B.

    I obviously don't begrudge anyone their good feelings today, mind you.  I think it's great that it's a special moment for so many people.  I just don't feel particularly caught up in it.

    I was thinking just the opposite (5.00 / 1) (#35)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:08:36 AM EST
    I'm a lot more excited today than I was on election day. Just interesting the different reactions people are having.

    But yes, the getting down to work is the important part.


    Steve, I am with you on this... (5.00 / 1) (#42)
    by vml68 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:20:45 AM EST
    but I feel this way anytime large crowds and pomp and ceremony are involved, no matter who the person is.
    I caught a small clip on the Tuskegee airmen and that made me teary eyed.

    In the "cheese category" ... (5.00 / 2) (#51)
    by Robot Porter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:35:35 AM EST
    I thought it was hilarious that CBS used the "yes we can" mantra to promote their Monday night comedies.

    I am always pulled in (5.00 / 2) (#55)
    by Jjc2008 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:46:25 AM EST
    by pomp and circumstance, by rituals.  The crowds, the people, the music, the sense of history always get me going. I wish I could be there although the thought of the physical crushing of crowds, the cold, and the fact that porta-a-potties gross me out bring me back to reality and enjoying it via the tube.

    I remember the Kennedy inauguration.  I had just turned 15 and I still remember the excitement.  I was from a very Catholic community so in a sense, I understand the excitement of a "first" that you were not sure could ever happen.  I am excited for the young people of color who will forever remember this moment in time.  Tomorrow I will worry about how it is going to work for US.


    It's the way I feel at weddings now (none / 0) (#37)
    by Cream City on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:11:24 AM EST
    -- now that, old as I am, I know that the rituals can be overblown, when the focus ought to be on the marriage ahead.  I'm with you on this, Steve.:-)

    I loved watching it all unfold today, but (none / 0) (#78)
    by andrys on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:38:08 AM EST
    I was much more emotional watching/listening to the WeAreOne concert!

      Still, feeling optimistic.  I did think Obama needs to
    get off the teleprompter more though.  


    Yea (none / 0) (#65)
    by CST on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:22:48 AM EST
    Me too.

    I was on such an emotional high at the election, ever since I've just been ready to get down to business and waiting.  Today is nice, I won't be able to watch, but I won't be really excited again until I see some legislation.


    Very Glad (none / 0) (#66)
    by CST on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:24:35 AM EST
    To see the back of bush though.  I am a little excited about that.

    This one's for George.... (none / 0) (#73)
    by kdog on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:54:03 AM EST
    Downpressor Man...where you gonna run too?

    I'm hopeful (none / 0) (#67)
    by mmc9431 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:26:47 AM EST
    I'll save my euphoria for when the Democrat's show me that they deserve the trust we've placed in them. I'll wait until they restore true Democratic Party values back in government.

    As we were reminded during the Bush fiasco, "Elections have consequences". Now it's our turn. I hope they have the courage and vision to succeed.


    What (5.00 / 2) (#46)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:27:19 AM EST
    pisses me off is we'll never see all the money the Bush Cabal stole from honest people back.

    Pick, pick, pick.... (5.00 / 2) (#61)
    by NYShooter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:59:24 AM EST
    Didn't you get the word; we have to look ahead.

    Broken, destitute, bankrupt? That's so "yesterday." Going after the people who did this to us, hiding in plain sight, just shows you're not aboard the "post partisan" train that's leaving the station.

    For Gawd's sake; it's not like they had sex with consenting adults, or something.......Jeeesh!


    SOS, this really pisses me ... (none / 0) (#48)
    by Robot Porter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:32:09 AM EST
    off too.  Another subject that the proggy blogs have been virtually silent on.

    We're going to have a better country (5.00 / 2) (#47)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:28:52 AM EST
    That's what I excitedly told my dog, the real Ruffian, on election day 2004 in the heady hour or two when those exit polls were showing a Kerry victory. I haven't told him that again until this morning. He took the news with remarkable equanimity.

    Reminds me of the ... (none / 0) (#49)
    by Robot Porter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:33:41 AM EST
    George Carlin joke:

    "What do dogs do on their day off?  They don't sit around the house.  That's their job!"


    Jeralyn, was actually thinking of that ... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Robot Porter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 03:40:48 AM EST
    Chambers Bros. song myself today.

    Good pick.

    Two great picks (5.00 / 0) (#19)
    by byteb on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 08:01:01 AM EST
    I haven't heard "Time Has Come Today' in so long. It's a fitting song to this day.

    Humming (none / 0) (#2)
    by weltec2 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 03:49:30 AM EST
    Time Has Come Today? Hmmmmmm... You must just be better at it than I am Jeralyn.

    Humming that would sound like I (5.00 / 2) (#43)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:21:56 AM EST
    was having an attack of some sort.

    WE just visited a famous (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 04:28:07 AM EST
    maker of Jaipur's blue pottery.  Lo and behold, on the counter inside the shop was a large photo of the Clintons, looking quite a bit younger.  Don't know if they bought any blue pottery but they apparently visited India three times and (our tax dollar at work) many vehicles, sheets, blankets, pillows accompanied them from the U.S.

    Dawn but (none / 0) (#4)
    by koshembos on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 04:46:22 AM EST
    A new dawn is coming, but the land is in ruins, many are unemployed, foreclosed and the end is not in sight.

    But there was absolutely no chance of (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:40:25 AM EST
    that getting better with Bush in office, or McCain for that matter. None.  Now at least we have a chance to make it better.

    Slim chance.... (none / 0) (#54)
    by kdog on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:39:49 AM EST
    but slim is certainly better than none.

    Like Jeralyn alluded too...revolutionary change was never being offered, just something a little better and a little brighter.


    I'll take whatever I can get (none / 0) (#56)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:49:41 AM EST
    today anyway (none / 0) (#57)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:50:20 AM EST
    does not mean I won't keep asking for more!

    Yep.... (none / 0) (#63)
    by kdog on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:21:20 AM EST
    beggars for freedom can't be choosers I guess.

    We've got 3 years and 364 days to p*ss and moan and demand better...not today.  Today is a day to celebrate, no matter how small or superficial the victory.


    Just reviewed Huff Post. Here's (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:18:27 AM EST
    what I learned:  (1) I missed Will.I.Am.  How could that have happened?  (2) Jill BIden spilled the beans:  Joe had his choice--VP or Secretary of State and (3) according to A. Huffington, we are ALL being inaugurated?  Who knew?

    I saw that on HuffPo also (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by lentinel on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 06:49:19 AM EST
    I was truly surprised to learn that I was being inaugurated.

    Well (5.00 / 3) (#20)
    by jbindc on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 08:02:19 AM EST
    A couple of years ago YOU were Time's Person of the Year.  This is just the next step.

    I'm sorry (none / 0) (#13)
    by weltec2 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 07:18:32 AM EST
    YOU were being inagurated? What does that mean?

    Believe me... (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by lentinel on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 08:19:46 AM EST
    I was as surprised as you are.

    It's on the front page at HuffPo - the word from Arianna herself.

    Must go.


    Who knew? (none / 0) (#10)
    by weltec2 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:47:05 AM EST
    Do you know why I respect Joe? Because he knows full well that he is best as the drone in waiting. He is no HRC. "Jilly" has pointed to the family, but Joe truly knows why he finally chose that position. And in my opinion... things are okay the way they are. I have accepted BO as Pres and HRC as SoS. I'm guessing it was part of the deal made with Joe. I -- as I have said many times on this blog -- voted against McCain, not for Obama. My heart was for Hillary. BUT, Obama is what we have. And I will support him as best I can.

    Biden mouthpiece says Jill lied (none / 0) (#32)
    by Cream City on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:06:04 AM EST
    -- or maybe Joe lied to Jill?  Anyway, the Biden spokesperson says he only was offered veep.

    I think it just depends on what you call (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:10:43 AM EST
    "offered". I'm sure that once Obama made the official 'offer' phone call, he only offered VP. But Jill's story sounded plausible - there were discussions at some level about what job Biden preferred.

    For some unknown reason, Jill BIden's (none / 0) (#81)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 24, 2009 at 10:20:17 AM EST
    (mis)speaking made me feel much better about Obama never getting around to asking Hillary Clinton to be his VP.  

    They're trying to put the cork back in (none / 0) (#68)
    by tigercourse on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:29:11 AM EST
    the bottle because it's techincally illegal to go around offering people cabinet posts before you get elected.

    How is it illegal? (none / 0) (#79)
    by indy in sc on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:54:36 AM EST
    There are very few things that are illegal to "discuss" thanks to the first amendment.  I don't see how it could be illegal to discuss what positions a potential appointee might take in the event the potential appointer becomes president.

    Unfortuantely Wall Street (none / 0) (#44)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:25:26 AM EST
    never sleeps.

    AP -  3 minutes ago

    NEW YORK - Fears of a spreading global banking crisis weighed on Wall Street early Tuesday, sending stocks down sharply even as the market awaited the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

    Gamblers are notorious... (none / 0) (#64)
    by kdog on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:22:25 AM EST
    for not sleeping...the wheels are spinning and the cards are shuffling in Vegas as we type as well.

    End of the Bush Cabal? (none / 0) (#50)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:35:15 AM EST
    Tip for the Future.

    Stay away from The BUSHES

    The Jefferson Airplane played (none / 0) (#52)
    by brodie on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:37:42 AM EST
    Woodstock at 6 a.m.???  Wow, who was the genius organizer who thought that was a good idea.  Of course, the Airplane at sunrise would have been an effective way to wake people up I suppose.

    But, hey, didn't it also work out that Hendrix played at dawn as well?  Stubborn and stupid personal manager, I think.

    Now, the Hendrix of this generation, Barack Obama, has some serious expectations to meet, starting with his inaugural address.  Though just doing half as well as JFK in the stirring words and delivery probably would be a success.  Not many memorable inaugurals since Kennedy, so the bar has been lowered somewhat.

    Everyone was stoned out of their brains (none / 0) (#60)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:51:58 AM EST
    at that point they just wanted to keep the "acts" flowing in some kind of smooth manner.

    Belzec, Majdanek, Sobibor, (none / 0) (#62)
    by NYShooter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:01:52 AM EST
    Treblinka, Auschwitz-Birkenau...  

    Imagine what went through the mind of a death camp inmate when he/she looked up and saw a young man coming towards him/her; hands outstretched, a slight smile on his face, then the words,......."It's o.k., don't worry, you're going to be all right, we're here to help you, we're going to take you home.......we're Americans."\

    We were;..... we will be again.  

    Is Condi still Secy of State? (none / 0) (#80)
    by Inspector Gadget on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 03:33:49 PM EST
    Or, do we not have one at all right now?

    Miss: Clinton confirmation

    Several members of Obama's Cabinet and high-level appointees were confirmed in the Senate after Obama's swearing-in. One person who will be hanging back: Hillary Clinton. AP reports that Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is blocking her confirmation:

    Cornyn's spokesman says the senator has concerns about foreign donations to Bill Clinton's foundation:

    "Senator Cornyn is a strong proponent of complete transparency and has fought for as much throughout his time in office. He is keeping all of his options on the table."

    His objection could delay Clinton's confirmation by a day or two, but barring any extraordinary circumstances, she is widely expected to win approval from the Democratic-controlled Senate.