Jesus Christ and So Many Bows!

20 01 2009

Malia and Michelle are both wearing big bows, and now Aretha has a giant, very-Aretha bow on her hat. Bows are the surprising wardrobe theme for the ceremony I guess, hopefully not for the whole administration! 🙂

Same goes for Rick Warren’s “Jesus Christ controls this administration and the new president and all nations and all history” theme.

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20 01 2009
Daryl Cobranchi

Warren was an asshole. That strictly right-wing Christian prayer was inappropriate for the occasion.

20 01 2009
JJ

Glad it wasn’t just me, then! I thought the John Williams music was a much more fitting and powerful invocation than Warren’s —

20 01 2009
JJ

OMIGOD! (pun intended) Did you hear that Daryl??

Our new president just said “we are a nation of Jews and Christians, Hindus AND NON-BELIEVERS” — has any president ever acknowledged that in an inaugural address to the world before?

“The world has changed and we must change with it.”

Not to mention that he just referred to “a parent’s willingness to nurture a child” as important . . .suddenly I am feeling really, really proud of my country

20 01 2009
sam

I chose not to mar my eventual memory of this day by muting the television as soon as Warren got up.

Did anyone notice the little bit of booing directed at Bush? I was watching it on MSNBC at that moment and was a little miffed at whichever of their talking heads suggested that to boo was bad form. More in bad form than a tiny smattering of boos would be those same talking heads calling themselves liberal/progressive having done nothing for eight years to actually help get rid of the cancer that we finally see cut away today.

20 01 2009
JJ

All in all, the whole thing struck me as awfully preachy, considering all the rhetoric about how this was a celebration of our secular democracy and constitutional freedoms, not a theocracy. The two prayers put together were almost as long as the whole presidential speech. Made worse by the fact that there’s ALSO a bunch of actual church praying on the schedule, with full sermons, with the “national prayer service.” Why can’t they separate it out a little better, so all the praying gets done in church and the politics on the steps of the Capitol represent our political leadership, instead of the blessings from divinity some believe in and some do not?

I do wonder what the rest of the world thinks when we criticize theocracy and then talk like this at the highest, most important moments.

Ironic this year particularly, considering that even the political “hate and violence” put on notice in President Obama’s address is religion-run conflict, not traditionally warring nations but traditionally warring religions.

Sigh, now we’re praying again, before we can feed the politicians.

20 01 2009
Daryl Cobranchi

“we are a nation of Jews and Christians, Hindus AND NON-BELIEVERS” — has any president ever acknowledged that in an inaugural address to the world before?

Not to my knowledge. He named Muslims in that list, too. Also an important point.

20 01 2009
COD

I’m offended that he left out Pastafanarians. Clearly, Obama has been touched by his noodly appendage, even if he doesn’t realize it yet 🙂

20 01 2009
boremetotears

Just saw the actual wording on another site. Here it is:

“For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers.”

I also liked “we will restore science to its rightful place.“ 🙂

20 01 2009
Nance Confer

Pass the pasta! Science for everyone! 🙂

And the booing? I missed it. Too bad. It’s the least he deserved. And any talking head who was offended — I just heard Chris Mathews say he didn’t like it — can bite me.

Nance

20 01 2009
JJ

Back from the unschooling afternoon stuff, voice and dance. Heard Hannity in the car, just as venomous and downright wrong as ever but at least today he had to use his new tagline, “conservatism in EXILE.”

Daryl, you’re right, sorry I left out Muslims. Very important. I was so stunned by the “non-believers” appearing at the end of his sequence as if equally significant of inclusion and respect in civic affairs, that it threw me into a tizzy. Thanks Lynn, for the transcript-quality quote. 🙂

20 01 2009
JJ

I heard no booing on any channel, Nance — a little hey, hey, goodbye singing, but only a very little. It didn’t get picked up by what I thought was an incredibly happy and enthusiastic but mannerly crowd. Better than I think I’ve ever seen, even at football games of only 100,000 or so; this was a couple million very cold folks, standing, not sitting.

20 01 2009
COD

When Bush first walked out onto the podium there was some audible booing on whatever network feed we were watching.

20 01 2009
JJ

Chris, I’m with you. Obama belongs to His Noodly Appendage, no matter what he does to fit in — smartest, most rational prez I can remember — and I am old!

20 01 2009
JJ

Dale’s take on the “non-believer” inclusion — 🙂

“Whatever we once were, are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”

21 01 2009
JJ

Nance — and all — here’s a good HuffPost on good science as opposed to bad faith:

“This is not about score-settling; it is about distinguishing true from false. It is comforting to know that in the years to come, the difference between right and wrong will not be based entirely on faith.”

21 01 2009
Nance Confer

That is comforting. Literally comforting. As in, wow, we might turn to being a country that makes decisions in some rational way. A way that people can count on. So they can plan. And know their personal progress will not be ripped away by some irrational action up the food chain. That we’ll all pay our share but it will be a fair share. A share based on some actual thought and practical planning and not some vision some suit had. And see some benefit from paying. It’s confidence building. It’s a sense of stability so people can get their feet under them. Something other countries must welcome as well. A sense of not dealing with a crazy person. A sense of where most of us actually live every day being the focus instead of some fantasy running things.

Very comforting.

So how come the Dow Jones was down over 300 points yesterday? 🙂

And I just heard on the news that Obama is going to attend a National Prayer Service this morning. Gag. I can only hope he is just a better person than I am and sees some long-term reason to include all of these religious trappings.

Nance

21 01 2009
JJ

See, I TOLD you the political praying got plenty of its own official time so shouldn’t have been all over the front, back, middle and meal yesterday at the Capitol too!

About the Dow being down after the inaugural, hey, talk about crazy and unpredictable and pseudo-science, that’s high finance and the securities market. Especially now. Or maybe the unprecedented events in DC made all those guys more interested in the Day than the Trade, like we all were. 🙂

DH was downtown in his offices with no tv access, said he’d watch it streamed on the computer. But then for a couple of hours starting around 10:30, he couldn’t get online, kept trying, until the computer guru advised him the system was overwhelmed from the inauguration, and guru couldn’t get in either. So for him, it actually shut down online work for a good part of the day. Wonder if that happened to anyone wanting to trade yesterday?

UPDATE – just saw
News Sites Struggle to Stream Obama Video
By Ashlee Vance

Just as President Obama was calling for an improved communications infrastructure in his inauguration speech, the demand for video of the events in Washington was weighing heavily on the Internet. Many visitors to news sites reported having trouble getting a consistent video stream.

Akamai, which helps many media companies keep up with visitor demand on their Web sites, noted a 54 percent spike in worldwide Internet traffic tied to people hunting down news online. The number jumped to 60 percent in North America, with traffic peaking as Mr. Obama’s speech began.

22 01 2009
JJ

NYT blog re: the historic inclusion of “non-believers” on a historic day for African-Americans; comments are refreshingly rational too:

Obama’s recognition in his address of the existence of U.S. citizens who are atheists, and his including them in the “patchwork” which gives our nation strength, was, especially in a politician, astonishing. And wonderful.

As a “non believer” for almost fifty years, I long ago became inured to (often don’t even take note of) the various manifestations of our culture’s pervasive ignoring of the fact of atheism, and its too often berating, when the godless are mentioned at all, their presumed lack of morality. Still, I have at times felt it perhaps best, outside the circle of family and close friends, to remain in a “closet” with respect to my personal beliefs.

So, though the cultural bias I mention has caused me no real harm and is utterly dwarfed in significance by biases relating to race, gender and sexual preference (upon which, happily, much progress has been made), our new President’s recognition and inclusion of people like myself was most welcome, and elating.
— Ethel Leichti

22 01 2009
JJ

And there’s plenty of road to travel yet. Don’t forget in all this excitement that the majority of Americans STILL have no presidential model proving they can aspire to be president too, not even President Obama’s children. The African-American roadblock has fallen, sure, but they’ve got another demographic problem! Unlike their father and every other president, THEY are girls.

Well, maybe they can at least realistically aspire to be scientists, without being systematically disadvantaged? Not if we can’t somehow seize this day for women too —

The take-home message, Dr. Mason said in a telephone interview, is, “Men can have it all, but women can’t.”

23 01 2009
JJ

Valerie was watching too, her thoughts on the Day combined in one post here.

My comment in response:

Re: the music and the cold

Young Son plays bagpipes, which are affected by temperature changes, and so we were marveling that YoYoMa et al could play so beautifully in the cold, that both the human and stringed instruments seemed impervious. Then just now (Friday am) on cable news, I heard that the quartet is pretty smart. They had prerecorded the whole piece in a studio two days before the ceremony, and that’s what we were hearing.

(Too bad Mr. Chief Justice didn’t think of that!)

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