Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Quick notes to Obama's inaugural address

- Over the top, even for this guy. I mean REALLY.
- Thanks Bush for "service to nation". Hellooooooo. "But he has to say that." Oh? You mean he can't say what he wants now that he's president?
- Mos majorum. Always with the mos majorum. What's up with that, Erica? You are not the Roman Empire, bitches.
- Pretends as usual to know innermost thoughts of every dead Erican. "They did it precisely because they believed..." Shut up.
- Too much mention of "our adversaries" and their "defeat". Chilling.
- Frank Sinatra quote??? Sending weird signal to mob demographic?
- "We will harness the sun to fuel our cars!" Whoa there, Ikaros.
- "Ready to lead" (implicitly: the world): "To all other peoples and governments who are watching today, we come in peace. To RULE YOU." Go away, mr. Roman centurion, we have our own civilization, thank you.
- "We will not apologize for our way of life." Well you should, you obese oil-guzzlers.
- "And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, with the notable exception of Israel, I say today..." Somehow not convincing.
- "America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace." Chilling. Is this guy a schizoid maybe? Must investigate further.
- Suggests that all Ericans should be inhabited by the spirits of "fallen heroes (who) whisper through the ages". In other words, possessed by dead soldiers. Excorcist, please!
- "This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that GOD calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny. And by God I mean MOLOCH BAAL, eater of souls!!!!"
- Quotes George Washington: "Let it be told to the future world that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet it." Passage from Thomas Paine's pamphlet "The Crisis"? Misquote??
- "America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations." Jesus fucking Christ, how far over the top is this? That whole wedding cake paragraph translates to: "America. Forward." Yes, but in what direction?

UPDATE: Yes, thanks to the almighty power of google I can now confirm that President Obama did indeed deliver a total and complete misquote in his inaugural address: Thomas Paine, The Crisis. Look for the paragraph which begins: "Quitting this class of men, I turn with the warm ardor of a friend to those who have nobly stood..."



Blogger Mikkel said...

OK, in all fairness, President Obama's exact words were: "At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people: (Quote)"

While he doesn't explicitly say that the words were those of George Washington himself, I read it as implied. Why doesn't he name the original author to avoid confusion?

Even if not a direct misquote, still a terrible way to quote.

10:38 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

I agree. And I also didn't think the speech was particularly good.

10:19 am  
Blogger Mikkel said...

I really don't mind the flourish of his style, as long as there's actual content.

10:26 am  
Blogger børvis said...

fuck content, it's so... i don't know.. comitting? cant have comitment, much better to just talk and talk and talk, has worked for me for years

1:41 pm  
Blogger børvis said...

...no wonder im miserable

1:42 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

Mikkel: I agree. I have no problem with the most powerful man in the world using a high style. But there was far too little content. Too bad - we know he is good at giving content-filled speeches too.

5:37 pm  
Anonymous WhoDoIKnowFromPoland said...

Ehhh, for me it was occassional piss to the world, or even peas. Bit like those chicks on Miss Universum, "what would you do if you were Miss of the Erica" kind of speech.
But at least it was passionate and honest.

12:19 am  
Blogger børvis said...

looks like the chinese missed some of it

12:19 pm  
Blogger børvis said...

I feel some hope about this guy

2:35 pm  
Blogger suttonhoo said...

but let's not overlook something important:

1) he's not George W. Bush
2) he's not John McCain

I feel your pain guys, but jesus h. christ, this is america. the man's a politician: it's his job to play the crowd. and the speech he served up was right on for his audience.

7:06 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

I have to kvetch, Dayna. His job isn't playing to the crowd, it's leading them. My trouble isn't that he plays to the crowd, but that he didn't do more, because I know he knows how to educate them, too. There were several speeches he could have given, all of which would have gotten fantastic reception. But he didn't give any of the best ones. I felt the speech didn't set a coherent theme for his administration and failed to give a situational definition or an argument other than "I'm not Bush", as you said. The "era of responsibility" stuff had some promise but he just didn't go into it that much. He's never spoken to more people, so I felt he didn't use the platform.

Also, I would have liked to have gone 20 minutes in a big US speech with American exceptionalism. That would be change I could believe in.

10:46 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

WITHOUT American exceptionalism. Sorry.

10:47 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Suttonhoo: I think you are insincere. How can you POSSIBLY feel my pain? My pain is so great it can only be expressed through the magic of interpretive dance.

Also: OK, your current president is neither of the 2 (two) alternatives you mention. So that's good.

AND If he somehow cuts the Israeli knot and makes an honourable peace in Palestine, not only will I sing his praises - I swear to eat my old army baret, take photos of it, and post them right here on SHÄDY ÄCRES!

11:49 am  
Blogger mrtn said...

I think we now have the incentive we need to create peace in the Middle East. Let's hustle, people!

Mikkel: I believe you are also quite good at expressing your pain through the magic of interpretive song. Like this weekend in Stöckfisk. Oh, the magic.

11:58 am  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Martin: Good times.

Suttonhoo: And another thing, don't you play your weird mind games on me! Your whole "This is America" argument? I went outside and checked, and it's not.

4:53 pm  

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