The swearing in of Barack Hussein Obama got off to a shaky start when the oath of office administered by Chief Justice John Roberts was flubbed not once, but twice. Perhaps they should have had a teleprompter. With the swearing-in successfully executed, Obama is officially the 44th President of the United States of America. So help us God.
The frigid cold may not have deterred crowd turnout, but the 2-4 million people expected on the mall fell short of media-hyped predictions. Obama was lauded for having written his own speech, a speech that was promoted by the media as one that was expected to be chiseled into marble before Obama even got to the Oval Office.
These high expectations were dashed by a speech that offered absolutely nothing new and had literally no theme or flow. The subdued crowd did not know where the applause lines were and was painfully unaware of where their new leader was trying to take them.
Obama’s delivery was clipped, and the speech clunked out of the gate with such memorable opening lines as, “So it has been, so it must be with this generation of Americans, that we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, as a consequence of greed and responsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered, our healthcare too costly, our schools fail too many and each day brings the evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet. These are the indicators of crisis.”
To say that this speech was a bit disjointed is an understatement. And it only got worse as it went on. Obama offered platitudes and wishful thinking: “On this day we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation, bu,t in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit, to choose our better history, to carry forward that precious gift and that noble idea passed on from generation to generation the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.”
All the media hype made this day about more than just inaugurating a president. The buildup by the so-called mainstream media was more about the need for their own validation for the outcome of a presidential election they themselves helped manufacture with their unashamed bias.
It was disturbing to witness the Orwellian media buildup surrounding this inauguration and the resulting spectacle of people whipped up into something bordering on idol worship. Even more alarming is that the new president really doesn’t seem to mind being the target of that worship. As this country goes through the worst economic times since Jimmy Carter was president, Obama has raised and spent over $170 million on events designed merely to perpetuate the myth of a new presidential savior.
Perhaps now that the pomp and resulting circumstances have passed, we will get our first real look at what to expect from this new president. Perhaps.