Monday, January 21, 2013

Inaugurated again in spite of his color

Hail to the chief
Four years ago, many claimed that Barack Obama's inauguration as our 44th president was because of the color of his skin.

Today, on another storm-free day, in front of a smaller but still sizable crowd, President Obama was inaugurated for his second term in spite of his color.

He was re-elected by a majority of Americans who believe he is doing a good job in spite of all the problems that still plague us. The novelty of his skin color has worn off. He is our president.

This is another big step in becoming a "post-racial" society.

Today shows the world that if America can overcome its shortcomings, particularly in racial matters, so can any nation on earth.

I believe President Obama's first term had a direct impact on Myanmar/Burma opening up to democracy in 2010.

President Obama's mere presence as the leader of the free world led to the so-called "Arab spring" that has now turned to "Arab winter" in Syria.

The freedom fallout will continue in despotic nations across the world during President Obama's second term.

Fidel Castro will eventually die during President Obama's second term and we will see Cuba become a democratic nation, one that the president will visit.

North Korea will begin to lose its stranglehold on its people and will succumb to the openness of the internet as it shows North Koreans to see that there is a better way of life out there and that they can have it, too.

Certainly, President Obama won't claim success in any of these areas. His leadership in these trouble spots will be questioned.

But, he's led by example and it's a powerful example of what can be overcome, both here and abroad.

It's a great day for America and for the world.

And, it happened on the holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.

The deeper meaning of today is represented by many people including President Obama's brother-in-law, Oregon State University basketball Coach Craig Robinson, who wore OSU colors and smiled broadly right near the president on the steps of the Capitol.

This state, never known for its tolerance of "outsiders," now is on the map as a place where African Americans can live and prosper.

That thread of tolerance, however tenuous, connects our country from coast to coast.

Bend resident Myrlie Evers-Williams gave the invocation, by invoking her assassinated husband, Medgar, as well as King and others who bear witness "unseen by the naked eye, but all around us -- thankful that their living was not in vain."

An African-American Navy officer, attending her first inauguration, told the Washington Post she was serving in Iraq during President Obama's first inauguration.

"Now, I'm here to cheer him on," she said. "Everything Martin Luther King marched for and spoke on has come true."



  1. No, he was the lesser of two evils. If this was the first time we had a black president I might be with you but since it was round 2, I'd say it had very little to do with color.

    I'd love to know where you get the material you regurgitate.

  2. RayDuray • 10 hours ago

    "Once again, the opening words of the 2nd Amendment should haunt all of us: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state....."
    There doesn't seem to be anything particularly well regulated about this tragic murder.
    Crimes of passion would be a whole lot less tragic if unregulated, angry and often intoxicated men weren't afforded such easy access to weapons. They will likely spend a lifetime of regret for having used a gun in an irrational outburst.

    ~ You really are stupid, you know that? At first I read your blog because I thought you brought up some interesting stuff but really, you're a zombie sheeple who clearly can't think for himself. This is not a pro-gun rant, just pointing out you really aren't a critical thinker. Just regurgitating whatever the MSM puts out there rather than critically thinking your way through an idea.