2009-01-20

Thoughts on Obama's inauguration

Very carefully orchestrated, and probably the first one that paid such close attention to underscoring diversity.

A few random observations I wanted to write down while still under immediate impression.

  1. During the opening, everybody's full name was spelled out, as in "George Walker Bush" but Obama only got a middle initial "H" instead of full "Hussein"--not sure what to think of this and whose idea it was anyway, but odd.
  2. Mr Obama used his full name "Barack Hussein Obama" during his oath of office, though. Maybe not everybody in DC is afraid of Muslim-sounding names.
  3. Loved the passage where Obama pretty much directly pointed a finger at the outgoing administration, and reaped applause: "As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake."
  4. Refreshingly low "hope and change index" with three "hopes" and two "changes."

Read full transcript on Washington Post site.