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HOW WE SEE IT: Mr. President: Obama writes a new chapter in our history

Published: Tue, January 20, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Barack H. Obama takes the oath of office today as the 44th president of the United States of America with the weight of history — and of a collapsing economy — on his shoulders.

As the first black president, Obama, the son of a black father from the East African nation of Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, will be judged by a standard that has not been applied to his predecessors. His success will be more than the nation’s success. It will reflect on blacks not only in this country but around the globe. Likewise, any failures.

Democrat Obama’s taking the oath of office today has assured him a prominent place in the annals of this great nation. If only his elevation to the most powerful position in the world could have been accompanied by a national feeling of well-being — as it was when Republican George W. Bush began his eight-year tenure in 2001. Then, outgoing President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, left his successor with an economy that was performing so well, it provided the federal government with record budget surpluses and a shrinking national debt.

The inheritance from Clinton gave Bush the luxury of sprinkling his inaugural speech with such esoteric ideas as building a kinder, gentler nation and changing the political culture in Washington.

Not so Obama, who takes office today with a national economy that offers stark comparisons to the Great Depression, a lack of confidence on the part of many Americans brought on by record job losses and skyrocketing health care costs, and a nation that has hundreds of thousands of troops in two hot spots, Iraq and Afghanistan.

How he speaks to these and other challenges when he addresses America and the world at noon today will go a long way either toward making us believe that a new day has dawned, or sending us into a deeper funk.

Stock markets

The reaction of the stock markets will provide the first inkling of whether Obama was able to calm the roiling economic and emotional seas.

There is no denying the fact that new president has the confidence and the inner strength to take on the many challenges in his path.

His surprise victory, first in the Democratic primary against a well-known, well-financed political powerhouse, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, and then in the general election against a genuine American hero, U.S. Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, are a testament to his instincts as a politician and his ability to connect with the masses.

Those qualities will stand him in good stead as he works to change the course of the ship of state.

The discipline displayed by his campaign during the two-year-long journey to the White House, and by his transition team as he prepared to take the reins of power from Bush, will be needed when he is confronted by conflicting interests and entrenched bureaucracies that are the nature of government.

President Obama will not enjoy the luxury of a learning curve that permits mistakes. Every action he takes and every statement he makes will have widespread ramifications. Such is the nature of being the most powerful leader in the world during a time of great global turmoil.

Barack Obama, the first black president in the history of the United States of America, deserves our support and our prayers. His success will be our success.

A major player in the new administration’s goal of changing the direction of the country will be Vice President Joe Biden, a veteran U.S. senator and an internationally acknowledged foreign policy expert.

With Obama and Biden working side-by-side, there is reason to be optimistic.


1Tugboat(759 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Finally. Mercifully. Astonishingly. Incredibly. The insane adventure in national suicide known as the Bush administration has at last come to an end.


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2apollo(1227 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

And yet Tugboat, we will be living with the Bush admins mistakes for decades much like we are living past trustees mistakes in Boardman.

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3paulydel(1477 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Because President Bush stayed the coarse our country has stayed safe since the "Twin Towers". We need to realize that up until now we have never fought a major war on our soil and if we allow our enemys an inch you may see them in your neighborhood some day. We did the right thing going into Iraq and I'am sure that places like Saudi Arabia and Jordan are breathing a little easier.

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4aeparish(669 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Wow, people must really get offended when other people say that Obama isn't black. Truth hurts, don't it?

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5Fred(131 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Now that Obama is in the lead we can sit back and await wealth? I'm going to buy a lottery ticket and get wealth at a faster pace. It is the people who give wealth to government. Without the wealth of the people government is nothing.

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6Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

President Bush 43 inherited a recession from President Clinton 42. It is true that the budget was balanced, but only through a dangerous and irresponsible "peacetime dividend." President Bush 41 used the "kinder, gentler" phrase. These words are not in President Bush 43's inaugural address.

Vindicator, you gotta do better than this. These inaccuracies are always in support of your liberal bias. It comes off as hackish.

Nonetheless, I wish President Obama every success in balancing the budget through entitlement reform, raising the GDP by ceasing to punish productivity, and keeping us safe through the proven methods used by President Bush 43. I only wish he wasn't planning on doing the opposite of these things.

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7scrooge(563 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Obama's stimulus package will create jobs.....temporary jobs. What happens once the roads are paved, parks cleaned, etc.?
He has us on the fast track to socialism. The Dem's have already hinted that the banking institution needs to be run by the government. Our children's tax durden will be so high that they will be giving 70%+ to the government to pay taxes.
This is a new chapter in our history all right. Obama will be heralded with some of the great leaders of time....Stalin, Castro, Stalin, Tse-tung, etc

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8andersonathan(682 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Amazing, maybe the first 7 days just proved he is not the Chosen One.

The first act as president I rejoiced at. He is closing Gitmo and shutting down CIA black opps. This so insane on the national security front lines, i can't see to bright of a future for some people. In fact i forget which came first Gitmo? Or the Abortion issue.
He enacted the bill in foreign aid that will preform tens of thousands of abortions. It proved me right that he does support abortion, it is something that you will hear a lot about in 2012. The next best things was the stem cell research, again a 2012 issue.
Then a key economic advisor sat there and explained he did not want stimulus money to go to "Skilled Professionals" and "White Construction Workers"
And then the Rush comment to Republicans. Last I saw Rush did not hold a elected position in the party. Then a Huffy Obama told a Republican "I Won, I am the President" I was hoping to read that the new administration was going to try to shut down the Conservative Right Voice. It still might happen but at this rate of implosion even Democrats will be looking out for themselves in 2010 and 2012 and might want to take a break on a premature power trip..
What killed me was the statement made by the ever loving mother and grandmother Nancy Pelosi. Asking for millions going to birth control that children place a burden on the economy, one good reason to send this DITZ packing from Washington for good.
Some good advice for people who can't afford kids might want to reconsider some birth control in this age of recovery. Of course if have medical and can afford a child, I say multiply. Now I see Obama pulled that portion of the stimulus package. That most likely saved a few vote in 2012.
As far as Obama on cars that get 40 mpg. States are now considering a mileage tax over and above the gas tax. It will also raise the cost of a car 2 to 10 thousand to produce these cars.
4.19 billion to be distributed to ACORN, this is not only a joke, but a slap in the face.
Over a million to reseed the Lincoln lawn of course after leaving it look like a garbage dump during the historic day maybe the Democrats ought to buck up that money themselves.
Of course the great infrastructure package. bridges, roads, schools. The package as a whole these are not worth it. 7% estimate put in lace by 2010. The crooks officially control the bank and fanny and Freddie have there hands out again.

Seven Days, I just pray that a few more weeks of this goes on. It is looking brighter for a new president in 2012. No one wants to see tax dollars go out to stupidity, i don't want a dime of mine to go for abortion. I just wonder if he will surrender the country to the Muslim world or to the Mexicans first.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago


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