Tuesday, 20 January 2009
The Obama Inauguration
Barack Obama inauguration
So this is the big Day at last it’s arrived;and as I write what seems to me to be
on the other side of the world,the first Black American, the 44th President of the USA is preparing to slide in as his predecessor George W Bush slides out. Up to two million will gather in Washington to witness the spectacle of this event whilst around the world many billions will watch on televisions with images beamed around the planet live, and who knows this event may even be observed in other parts of the sola system and beyond.
President-elect Obama has assembled a cabinet drawn from the upper echelons of American society and the right wing of the Democratic Party. The right-wing character of the Obama nominees have been described by the American media under the approving labels of "centrist," "moderate," and—most of all—"pragmatic." This terminology signifies that the incoming Obama team consists entirely of individuals who pass muster with the corporate financial aristocracy.
The New York Times reported on Monday that Obama has repeatedly discussed his cabinet selections with his defeated Republican opponent, Senator John McCain, and that McCain has told colleagues "that many of these appointments he would have made himself."
The inauguration of Barack Obama has become the occasion for a tidal wave of media-orchestrated delusions and stupidities designed to overwhelm and chloroform public consciousness. The junior senator from Illinois is being compared, and is comparing himself, to everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Martin Luther King, Jr. An observer of the wall-to-wall coverage of the events leading up to Obama's swearing in as president might think he was witnessing nothing less than the second coming.
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