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Wednesday, January 21, 2009


the outgoing president
thanked for his service


Blogger Devika said...

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7:05 AM  
Blogger Devika said...

Obama too will go out one day...

Only Time can say, what he would be thanked for :)


7:06 AM  
Blogger haiku-shelf said...

On tv was reported that transfer of power worked very well. That it worked so well was possible because a former president (Bush) and a new president (Obama)co-operated.

The world (the crisis is everywhere) needs more co-operation.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

The transition was handled well by all concerned, and all concerned deserve credit. I thought that Obama's thanking Bush for his service was a classic instance of damning with faint praise. Thanked for his service, not honored for his accomplishments or even respected for his intentions.

9:55 AM  
Blogger haiku-shelf said...

In my opinion there is too much wishful thinking about this new president in the moment (in the U.S.A and worldwide). This new president isn`t perfect at all, see the oath (it had to be repeated -- and I really don`t like the comment that it had to be repeated because it is so much fun ..., an oath is nothing to have fun with ...).

3:15 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Well, Angelika, it had to be repeated because the Chief Justice of the United States screwed it up the first time, and there was some fear that the error might raise questions of legitimacy somewhere down the line. I don't know who said they were doing it for fun, but whoever it was certainly didn't expect to be taken seriously.
I don't really know anybody, including the new president himself, who thinks he is perfect.

7:14 AM  
Blogger haiku-shelf said...

"...But Mr Obama joked: "We decided it was so much fun...." before adding: "We're going to do it very slowly."..."


He joked and some think that this a sign of good humor, but I think he shouldn`t joke in this case (oath, inauguration etc.). I love jokes, but not at any time and place.

He is the US-president but what he will say, what he will decide, what he will order will influence the world (me too).

8:05 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

The humor in question is very American, Angelika, and may not travel well. We tend to be uncomfortable with solemnity.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

Twice oathed --
almost all TV programs
are repeat broadcasts


3:41 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Good point, tikkis!

10:25 AM  
Blogger polona said...

ah, the irony!

10:50 AM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

i wouldn't have missed itfor the world

much love

2:50 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks for the comments, polona and Gillena.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent, Bill! Perfectly worded and pointed. I agree that no one expects President Obama to be perfect, including himself. After 8 years under an utterly disasterous and oppresive fascist administration, the Obama administration's preference for diplomacy and bipartisanship is refreshing. I don't understand those who are hypercritical of him and pick on him for inconsequetial "jokes" or whatnot, as if he and the other political players are mere characters in some sort of pageant in which each line of dialogue is picked apart. I hope that everyone will at least give the guy a chance.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks for the thoughts, anon.

3:35 PM  
Blogger jem said...

I think the power in this is what is left unsaid - probably in the same way that the departure speeches had a lot of unsaids.

5:25 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks for the response,jem. I try to be guided by Basho's question: Why say everything?

8:31 AM  
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