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Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

timothy posted about 6 years ago | from the worst-job-in-the-whole-world-but-the-best-perks dept.

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Just before noon today, Eastern time, Barack Obama was sworn in before the US Capitol building as the 44th President of the United States (Whitehouse.gov has already been updated to reflect the new President), and offered an inaugural address which outlined some of the challenges that the country currently faces, both within the country's borders and abroad. Obama's election has been called "a civil rights triumph," and his candidacy has inspired perhaps the most visible political involvement of young voters of any candidate since John Kennedy. Here's your chance to discuss the newest occupant of the White House and what you'd like to see happen over the course of his presidency.

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Time (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26531753)

He was actually sworn in shortly after noon, although he was President at exactly noon anyway.

Re:Time (5, Informative)

timster (32400) | about 6 years ago | (#26532027)

Not really... the Constitution requires the incoming President to take the oath "Before he enter on the Execution of his Office". The exact wording of the oath is also stated.

Which makes it all the more surprising that Mr. Strict Constructionist John Roberts would mess it up, but there you go.

Re:Time (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532083)

I wish I was a nigger, I could drive a Cadillac with class
My pocket stuffed with welfare checks, and I could sit on my big black ass
Now you take a nigger, he aint nobody's fool
He doesn't buy any gasoline, to drive his kids to school

Our government has gone crazy, I'd change things if I could
If I was only a nigger, I could afford to live in a white neighborhood
Oh the things that I could do, if I was black and Hell-bent
I could send my kids to college, and it wouldn't cost me one damn cent

The wife and I were down on our luck, we were really getting uptight
They said at the welfare office, "You aint black, you're white."
Oh how I've tried to get a job, a diploma I had with pride
The post office man laughed, and said "You're not dark enough to even qualify"

I took a civil service exam, and passed it without shame
A nigger took one next to me, he couldnt even write his own name
The nigger, he got the job, now he's government top brass
He couldn't qualify for a trash truck, while I'm out on the street on my ass

If I was a Jesse Jackson, I'd be nobody's slob
Wearing $500.00 dollar suits, that nigger hasn't even got a job
If I was Barack Obama, I could sit back and relax
And when sworn in as President, I could paint The White House black

Damn, I wish I was a nigger

If I was a jig-a-boo, I could find me my roots
With a afro big as a watermelon, and a pair of white disco boots
If I was only dark complected, I could stand tall in this life
I could live high off the hog, just me and my white wife

Things used to be segregated, but things are a little off-key
I've never seen a white man as head of the NAACP
It aint that I don't like a nigger, if I've rubbed you wrong by chance
Take a look at that mistletoe hanging on the seat of my pants

If I was a kinky top, I could be a Martin Luther King
I'd have me a vision on a mountain top, my song the whole world would sing
I could have me a peace march on the streets of Memphis, Tennessee
I could tear up the whole damn city, and the police wouldn't dare stop me

A lot of things in life I know, but one thing I cant figure
Why a nigger can call me a honkey and I cant call a nigger, a nigger
If I was a jungle bunny, I could ring a golden bell
I could be a Mohammed Ali, and be loved by Howard Cosell

Damn, I wish I was a nigger

If I was a golliwogg, 7 foot tall and lean,
I could be a famous player on the Washington basketball team
If I was only chocolate brown, I could have me some turnip greens
A possum fat and watermelon, chitlens and a pot of butter beans

Now when Martin Luther King was buried in Washington with class
They put him face down in his box, so the politicians could kiss his ass
I guess its just politics, but it sure gets my goat
Kiss assing with a nigger, just so you could get his vote

If i was only a burr-head, I'd live high on the hill
Selling cocaine and prostitutes, and popping all kinds of pills
Now take the NAACP, they can march and raise all kinds of hell
Let the KKK start to move, and they'll all wind up in jail

I dreamed my life was over, I heard Saint Peter say,
"Today we're taken only niggers, you've gotta go the other way"
Then I heard the Devil, he said "I heard what Peter had to say
But I'm sorry to tell you son, Today in Hell is Nigger Day."

Damn, don't you wish you were a nigger?

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Re:Time (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532135)

The question I have for Obama is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single fat colored mammy sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check?

Your official guide to the Jigaboo presidency (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532275)

Congratulations on your purchase of a brand new nigger! If handled properly, your apeman will give years of valuable, if reluctant, service.

You should install your nigger differently according to whether you have purchased the field or house model. Field niggers work best in a serial configuration, i.e. chained together. Chain your nigger to another nigger immediately after unpacking it, and don't even think about taking that chain off, ever. Many niggers start singing as soon as you put a chain on them. This habit can usually be thrashed out of them if nipped in the bud. House niggers work best as standalone units, but should be hobbled or hamstrung to prevent attempts at escape. At this stage, your nigger can also be given a name. Most owners use the same names over and over, since niggers become confused by too much data. Rufus, Rastus, Remus, Toby, Carslisle, Carlton, Hey-You!-Yes-you!, Yeller, Blackstar, and Sambo are all effective names for your new buck nigger. If your nigger is a ho, it should be called Latrelle, L'Tanya, or Jemima. Some owners call their nigger hoes Latrine for a joke. Pearl, Blossom, and Ivory are also righteous names for nigger hoes. These names go straight over your nigger's head, by the way.

Owing to a design error, your nigger comes equipped with a tongue and vocal chords. Most niggers can master only a few basic human phrases with this apparatus - "muh dick" being the most popular. However, others make barking, yelping, yapping noises and appear to be in some pain, so you should probably call a vet and have him remove your nigger's tongue. Once de-tongued your nigger will be a lot happier - at least, you won't hear it complaining anywhere near as much. Niggers have nothing interesting to say, anyway. Many owners also castrate their niggers for health reasons (yours, mine, and that of women, not the nigger's). This is strongly recommended, and frankly, it's a mystery why this is not done on the boat

Your nigger can be accommodated in cages with stout iron bars. Make sure, however, that the bars are wide enough to push pieces of nigger food through. The rule of thumb is, four niggers per square yard of cage. So a fifteen foot by thirty foot nigger cage can accommodate two hundred niggers. You can site a nigger cage anywhere, even on soft ground. Don't worry about your nigger fashioning makeshift shovels out of odd pieces of wood and digging an escape tunnel under the bars of the cage. Niggers never invented the shovel before and they're not about to now. In any case, your nigger is certainly too lazy to attempt escape. As long as the free food holds out, your nigger is living better than it did in Africa, so it will stay put. Buck niggers and hoe niggers can be safely accommodated in the same cage, as bucks never attempt sex with black hoes.

Your Nigger likes fried chicken, corn bread, and watermelon. You should therefore give it none of these things because its lazy ass almost certainly doesn't deserve it. Instead, feed it on porridge with salt, and creek water. Your nigger will supplement its diet with whatever it finds in the fields, other niggers, etc. Experienced nigger owners sometimes push watermelon slices through the bars of the nigger cage at the end of the day as a treat, but only if all niggers have worked well and nothing has been stolen that day. Mike of the Old Ranch Plantation reports that this last one is a killer, since all niggers steal something almost every single day of their lives. He reports he doesn't have to spend much on free watermelon for his niggers as a result. You should never allow your nigger meal breaks while at work, since if it stops work for more than ten minutes it will need to be retrained. You would be surprised how long it takes to teach a nigger to pick cotton. You really would. Coffee beans? Don't ask. You have no idea.

Niggers are very, very averse to work of any kind. The nigger's most prominent anatomical feature, after all, its oversized buttocks, which have evolved to make it more comfortable for your nigger to sit around all day doing nothing for its entire life. Niggers are often good runners, too, to enable them to sprint quickly in the opposite direction if they see work heading their way. The solution to this is to *dupe* your nigger into working. After installation, encourage it towards the cotton field with blows of a wooden club, fence post, baseball bat, etc., and then tell it that all that cotton belongs to a white man, who won't be back until tomorrow. Your nigger will then frantically compete with the other field niggers to steal as much of that cotton as it can before the white man returns. At the end of the day, return your nigger to its cage and laugh at its stupidity, then repeat the same trick every day indefinitely. Your nigger comes equipped with the standard nigger IQ of 75 and a memory to match, so it will forget this trick overnight. Niggers can start work at around 5am. You should then return to bed and come back at around 10am. Your niggers can then work through until around 10pm or whenever the light fades.

Your nigger enjoys play, like most animals, so you should play with it regularly. A happy smiling nigger works best. Games niggers enjoy include: 1) A good thrashing: every few days, take your nigger's pants down, hang it up by its heels, and have some of your other niggers thrash it with a club or whip. Your nigger will signal its intense enjoyment by shrieking and sobbing. 2) Lynch the nigger: niggers are cheap and there are millions more where yours came from. So every now and then, push the boat out a bit and lynch a nigger.

Lynchings are best done with a rope over the branch of a tree, and niggers just love to be lynched. It makes them feel special. Make your other niggers watch. They'll be so grateful, they'll work harder for a day or two (and then you can lynch another one). 3) Nigger dragging: Tie your nigger by one wrist to the tow bar on the back of suitable vehicle, then drive away at approximately 50mph. Your nigger's shrieks of enjoyment will be heard for miles. It will shriek until it falls apart. To prolong the fun for the nigger, do *NOT* drag him by his feet, as his head comes off too soon. This is painless for the nigger, but spoils the fun. Always wear a seatbelt and never exceed the speed limit. 4) Playing on the PNL: a variation on (2), except you can lynch your nigger out in the fields, thus saving work time. Niggers enjoy this game best if the PNL is operated by a man in a tall white hood. 5) Hunt the nigger: a variation of Hunt the Slipper, but played outdoors, with Dobermans. WARNING: do not let your Dobermans bite a nigger, as they are highly toxic.

Niggers die on average at around 40, which some might say is 40 years too late, but there you go. Most people prefer their niggers dead, in fact. When yours dies, report the license number of the car that did the drive-by shooting of your nigger. The police will collect the nigger and dispose of it for you.

Have it put down, for god's sake. Who needs an uppity nigger? What are we, short of niggers or something?

They all do this. Shorten your nigger's chain so it can't reach any white women, and arm heavily any white women who might go near it.

Not unless it outnumbers you 20 to 1, and even then, it's not likely. If niggers successfully overthrew their owners, they'd have to sort out their own food. This is probably why nigger uprisings were nonexistent (until some fool gave them rights).

Yeah, well, it would. Tell it to shut the fuck up.

A nigger's skin is actually more or less transparent. That brown color you can see is the shit your nigger is full of. This is why some models of nigger are sold as "The Shitskin".

What you have there is a "wigger". Rough crowd. WOW!

They're as common as dog shit and about as valuable. In fact, one of them was President between 1992 and 2000. Put your wigger in a cage with a few hundred genuine niggers and you'll soon find it stops acting like a nigger. However, leave it in the cage and let the niggers dispose of it. The best thing for any wigger is a dose of TNB.

And you were expecting what?

When you came in here, did you see a sign that said "Dead nigger storage"? .That's because there ain't no goddamn sign.

America, (5, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | about 6 years ago | (#26531755)


Re:America, (4, Interesting)

fishdan (569872) | about 6 years ago | (#26532047)

Having set up the streaming watching at a university, I can tell you that Foxnews.com had the best quality stream by a mile. Of course they probably had significantly better demand. I ended up having to use 3g cards on laptops because the internal network collapsed. And we have dark fiber...60000 users trying to stream at their desks is a bad thing.

Re:America, (5, Funny)

bruce_the_loon (856617) | about 6 years ago | (#26532227)

And we have dark fiber...

There's your problem. Fiber tends to work better when one lights it up

Re:America, (3, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 6 years ago | (#26532375)

Not really. Dark fiber uses anti-photons to work. ...

I think I watched too many Star Trek episodes.

Re:America, (1)

vp_development (789333) | about 6 years ago | (#26532355)

been listening to your network guys again eh? Dark Fiber is the fiber that's not being used...I get your point though -- assuming it's "we thought we had enough capacity for anything." Who knows -- you might haev had the capacity -- but you couldn't bring it online...

Re:America, (2, Funny)

TDyl (862130) | about 6 years ago | (#26532145)

Hallelujah! Or something non-denominative and equally joyous.

Government shrunk to its Constitutional tasks only (5, Insightful)

XanC (644172) | about 6 years ago | (#26531759)

...not going to happen, under this or any administration I fear.

Re:Government shrunk to its Constitutional tasks o (2, Informative)

Skjellifetti (561341) | about 6 years ago | (#26531991)

We The People have pretty much the size of Government We The People want doing pretty much the tasks We The People believe to be Constitutional else We The People would have chosen other leaders.

Re:Government shrunk to its Constitutional tasks o (4, Insightful)

Carl_Stawicki (1274996) | about 6 years ago | (#26532249)

Most of We The People wouldn't know the Constitution from the holes in their asses, pick and choose the parts of it they want to pay attention to and modify the meaning of other parts to their liking, or simply don't care what it has to say in the first place.

Re:Government shrunk to its Constitutional tasks o (3, Insightful)

Black Parrot (19622) | about 6 years ago | (#26532023)

Did you have something in particular in mind? I ask because a lot of "limit the government" types have curious ideas about what the constitution authorizes and forbids.

Re:Government shrunk to its Constitutional tasks o (5, Insightful)

StreetStealth (980200) | about 6 years ago | (#26532031)

We can't have a perfect union. But we can still try to make it a more perfect one, right?

Re:Government shrunk to its Constitutional tasks o (2, Interesting)

jdgeorge (18767) | about 6 years ago | (#26532287)

...not going to happen, under this or any administration I fear.

I infer you mean Federal government shrunk to its constitutional tasks only. Then there's the government of the states, and local governments. Consider, for example, the scope of the Texas constitution [state.tx.us] , which is or would become more than enough to make up for any efficiencies one might hope to achieve at a federal level.

It appears that a lot of people want a lot of stuff, and they don't want to know how it's paid for. You're fighting not only the institutional tendency for continuity, but also the people who want stuff that isn't readily available in the market. (Relative lack of "free market" and reasons for that discussion not included here, though that may be a requirement for an in-depth discussion of more efficient and on-task government.)

And then,... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26531801)

Well, yes, it was on TV... Now what?
1) Obama president ...
n) ???
n+1) profit

Re:And then,... (5, Insightful)

Anonymusing (1450747) | about 6 years ago | (#26532261)

The real question for Obama voters -- will he still respect us in the morning?

Will anything really change? (0, Flamebait)

PFAK (524350) | about 6 years ago | (#26531803)

I myself, don't think so. He seems just as religious and heavy handed as all your other presidents.

Re:Will anything really change? (2, Insightful)

Duradin (1261418) | about 6 years ago | (#26532021)

And don't forget he's a politician.

Things won't change one bit until we stop electing professional politicians.

Re:Will anything really change? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532125)

You mean like Bush, who was a professional bum before he was handed a fortune then handed a governorship then handed the presidency?

Re:Will anything really change? (0, Flamebait)

apathy maybe (922212) | about 6 years ago | (#26532339)

How about you just stop electing people? Why do you need a fucking "big brother" to look after you anyway? I am an adult. I am responsible for my self. I don't need a government telling me I should wear a seat belt, not take drugs etc.

How about (if you want a government at all), you have a look at demarchy [wikipedia.org] (see also Demarchy; random selection of decision makers [uow.edu.au] )? Or heck, with present technology, everyone could vote on everything! Of course, you would have to introduce a quorum, maybe at least 60% of people have to actually vote for anything to pass. Then if people don't care, well, who needs more laws anyway?

Basically, this man, he won't change anything.

At the end of the day, you still have rich people who screw over poor people. Poor people who screw over poor people. Politicians who screw over everyone (and bend over backwards for donations from rich people and corporations).

Basically, for all you people who think that this new fellow is going to be "different", tell me in four years time whether you still have to go to fucking work nearly every day of the week (for the vast majority who do). Heck, I would guess at least half of the things he promised aren't even possible without the Congress, and they aren't different, even if you think this man is.

Big deal. You got a "black" fellow as president. When you are you going to abolish the outdated presidential system? That would be real change worth having.

If He Keeps His Promises, It Should! (4, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 6 years ago | (#26532091)

Go to Obama/Biden's issues site [barackobama.com] and flip through the plans. There are a few measurable details here and there on this site. Like his statement about Iraq:

Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe we must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in. Immediately upon taking office, Obama will give his Secretary of Defense and military commanders a new mission in Iraq: ending the war. The removal of our troops will be responsible and phased, directed by military commanders on the ground and done in consultation with the Iraqi government. Military experts believe we can safely redeploy combat brigades from Iraq at a pace of 1 to 2 brigades a month that would remove them in 16 months. That would be the summer of 2010 â" more than 7 years after the war began.

He better have a really good reason for not starting to redeploy brigades from Iraq with an end goal of 16 months. A really good reason.

For us tech minded geeks, his fact sheet [barackobama.com] --including:

Protect the Openness of the Internet

And if I don't see him take the steps he talks about in that plan, I'm going to quickly realize he's just another lying politician. Here's another point that needs to be reprinted all over:

Open Up Government to its Citizens: The Bush Administration has been one of the most secretive, closed administrations in American history. Our nation's progress has been stifled by a system corrupted by millions of lobbying dollars contributed to political campaigns, the revolving door between government and industry, and privileged access to inside information--all of which have led to policies that favor the few against the public interest. An Obama presidency will use cutting-edge technologies to reverse this dynamic, creating a new level of transparency, accountability and participation for America's citizens. Technology-enabled citizen participation has already produced ideas driving Obama's campaign and its vision for how technology can help connect government to its citizens and engage citizens in a democracy. Barack Obama will use the most current technological tools available to make government less beholden to special interest groups and lobbyists and promote citizen participation in government decision-making. Obama will integrate citizens into the actual business of government by:

  • Making government data available online in universally accessible formats to allow citizens to make use of that data to comment, derive value, and take action in their own communities. Greater access to environmental data, for example, will help citizens learn about pollution in their communities, provide information about local conditions back to government and empower people to protect themselves.
  • Establishing pilot programs to open up government decision-making and involve the public in the work of agencies, not simply by soliciting opinions, but by tapping into the vast and distributed expertise of the American citizenry to help government make more informed decisions.
  • Requiring his appointees who lead Executive Branch departments and rulemaking agencies to conduct the significant business of the agency in public, so that any citizen can watch a live feed on the Internet as the agencies debate and deliberate the issues that affect American society. He will ensure that these proceedings are archived for all Americans to review, discuss and respond. He will require his appointees to employ all the technological tools available to allow citizens not just to observe, but also to participate and be heard in these meetings.
  • Restoring the basic principle that government decisions should be based on the best-available, scientifically-valid evidence and not on the ideological predispositions of agency officials.
  • Lifting the veil from secret deals in Washington with a web site, a search engine, and other web tools that enable citizens easily to track online federal grants, contracts, earmarks, and lobbyist contacts with government officials. Giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days before signing any non-emergency legislation.
  • Bringing democracy and policy deliberations directly to the people by requiring his Cabinet officials to have periodic national online town hall meetings to answer questions and discuss issues before their agencies.
  • Employing technologies, including blogs, wikis and social networking tools, to modernize internal, cross-agency, and public communication and information sharing to improve government decision-making.

If he is what everyone hopes he is, you should start to see change. A lot can be done quickly to improve the vast number of changes he talks about on his site.

I'll reply with a question. (4, Insightful)

khasim (1285) | about 6 years ago | (#26532311)

Do you believe that there is any difference between the best Presidents we've had and the worst?

If you say "yes", then change is possible.

If you say "no", then change is not possible.

I say that there is a HUGE difference between the best and the worst. But the problem is not just the Presidency. The best President can be hampered by the worst Congress. Obama may be a good President. He may even be a great President. But he's hampered by Congress. And I believe that this Congress is one of the worst.

Re:Will anything really change? (0)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | about 6 years ago | (#26532327)

Freedom means you're not forcibly insulated from participating in the mechanisms by which your natural means are met, and you're not forcibly required to engage in actions which are arbitrary in nature and unrelated to your needs.

If you need to eat, but you're not permitted to farm land and eat what grows, you're not free. If you work like a slave, 40 hours a week forever, creating things that no one actually needs in the hopes that someone who has food will find your creation titillating and feed you, you're not free.

If you need money, for anything, you're not free. You're the opposite of free. You're bound. If those you rely on to meet your needs in exchange for money are irresponsible or malicious, you can be coerced to do anything, or simply allowed to die.

The GPL assures freedom because it protects your capacity to take care of yourself from those who would lead you to circumstances where you're bound.

The only thing you lose is legal recognition of your "right" to bind others to you.

Sounds like the only freedom they're interested in is the freedom to keep slaves.

Open source it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532373)

If you want real change in the way governments work, please join the Metagovernment [metagovernment.org] open source governance project.

Congratulations, America (1, Funny)

dedazo (737510) | about 6 years ago | (#26531809)

Here's to a new age of respect and mutual understanding with the rest of the world. May we all wake up quickly from the numbed daze of the past eight years and move forward.

Re:Congratulations, America (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532005)

Oh, vomit. You've either never lived in DC or are young or demented. You think things will change? Meet the new boss...

Re:Congratulations, America (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532143)

If you let the last eight years hold you back from being a real human being how much of a difference can the change of a president make?

And, seriously, since what is essentially the same congress is in session under Obama as was under Bush do you really think there is going to be a heavy swing in policy? They had a chance to at least fight Bush but nothing was really done.

I'll let the man do what he wants, I have no recourse in that matter anyhow, but I'm not going to blame everything in the last eight years on one man. Putting every failure in a nation of 300 million on the shoulders of one man isn't a very progressive way of thinking. And sadly enough to think that another single person is going to turn everything around isn't a very realistic way of thinking either.

Maybe if "The People" (as in The Constitution) weren't so complacent as to wait for the government to hold our hands we wouldn't be facing what is really the build up of decades of neglect. Again, one man didn't make this mess and one man isn't going to turn it around. He can sure inspire some people but that's about as good as people holding to a new years resolution.

I tried to watch, (1)

the4thdimension (1151939) | about 6 years ago | (#26531813)

but lol to every major service that promised streaming coverage. Unfortunately you had to wait in line at every major news outlet, and any that offered it without a line was like watching a 2 hour slideshow that only had 4 slides.

Guess I will just have to watch it later tonight when its on youtube.

Re:I tried to watch, (1)

Skater (41976) | about 6 years ago | (#26532025)

I watched it on the official website using the Moonlight thing from an earlier Slashdot story. Other than some a/v sync issues (which seemed to be on the server end, because they occasionally fixed it), it worked great, and I watched the entire speech.

Re:I tried to watch, (5, Insightful)

Necroman (61604) | about 6 years ago | (#26532045)

I did the the old fashion way, and went home for a bit and watched on my TV. It's times like this where the internet just isn't setup to handle. TV is great at distributing the same stream to million and millions of people. While the Internet is built around the concept of everyone having a unique connection to services.

Re:I tried to watch, (1)

SydShamino (547793) | about 6 years ago | (#26532173)

My local NPR outlet kut.org stream the NPR coverage live. I got on with no wait this morning. Given that I'm "working" at the same time, audio-only was plenty good.

Where do we turn in our guns? (-1, Flamebait)

V8Juice (665414) | about 6 years ago | (#26531823)

I didn't catch that, where is the gun turn-in done?

Re:Where do we turn in our guns? (4, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | about 6 years ago | (#26532039)

I'll take those, thank you very much.

Oi (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26531833)

Woke up this morning and a high school classmate is President. I'm thankful I'm an underachiever, there's no way I could top that at next year's 30th reunion.

A Civil Rights Triumph (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26531835)

Hear hear!

Black people have too long been denied the disappointment white people have known for decades.

So ... change ... (4, Insightful)

DikSeaCup (767041) | about 6 years ago | (#26531841)

How soon are you going to see it?

What exactly do you think is going to change?

For better or for worse?

I don't know. I'm just suddenly very pessimistic about the whole thing. Guantanamo is probably a step in the right direction ... but when you're talking about a journey (of a committee, mind you, since it's not just the president running the country), it's going to be so easy for steps in the wrong direction to occur.

Don't get me wrong. I'm an American. Proudly so. I voted for Obama. But I just wonder ... what, really, can he do? What will he do? And in the end, will most of us be happier about it?

Re:So ... change ... (5, Insightful)

cowscows (103644) | about 6 years ago | (#26532255)

I think one of the most amazing things about it all is how the replacement of one individual can really change the mood of so many people. Not just in the USA, but in the whole world. It's incredible how despite of all the bad decisions made over the previous administration, citizens of so many other countries are willing to give America the benefit of the doubt.

I believe that we should show some gratitude for that willingness to forgive, and we can express that gratitude by tempering our cynicism, and giving the new administration a decent chance to try some things. I think that a large portion of the country is willing to do so, hopefully the obstructionists can be drowned out by people who still feel that it's worthwhile to be hopeful.

But either way, if Obama tries to do even 5% of what he's said he wants to do, I'm having a hard time imagining how things could be run much worse than what we've survived through for the past eight years.

Re:So ... change ... (4, Interesting)

StreetStealth (980200) | about 6 years ago | (#26532333)

Well, his cabinet doesn't exactly give me warm fuzzies. But I am neither optimist or pessimist, only pragmatist. The Obama administration, like any before it, has a lot of people shouting lots of contradictory things at it and within it, monied interests expecting favors and grassroots movements struggling for recognition, and a whole mess of problems to which maybe no one actually yet has the right answer.

Time will tell if the new executive can sort all these out better than the last one did. Although the odds do look better this time.

Re:So ... change ... (4, Insightful)

MozeeToby (1163751) | about 6 years ago | (#26532385)

Let's face it, none of us knows what he will do or if it will work. We looked at the choices available and made a decission, some with our minds and some with our hearts. Personally, I voted for Obama because his public stances agreed with mine on most issues while he also appeared intelligent and elequent.

The decisions he's announced (and that have been leaked) so far seem to validate my decision. More money spent on infristructure (both digital and physical), closing down the Guantanamo Bay prison, and denouncing harsh interrogation practices are all good places to start.

That being said, our nation and our world is in for a tough decade which will undoubtably involve countless difficult decissions. Like many difficult decisions, I fully expect some of them to have no 'right' answer, no easy solution, no quick fix. Undoubtably, I will be dissapointed with some of his choices, but I have no way of knowing how many or what the end result of those decisions will be.

Chanj (3, Funny)

Mesa MIke (1193721) | about 6 years ago | (#26531861)

You cn haz it.

Re:Chanj (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532169)

pics or gtfo.

Re:Chanj (2, Insightful)

gmcraff (61718) | about 6 years ago | (#26532265)

<lol>Wud hav had it neway</lol>

On November 3rd, 2004, one could predict that there would be change happening on January 20th, 2009. One could predict that the 44th president of the United States of America would be inaugurated.

It is now the responsibility of the 44th President to ensure that there will be an orderly transition of power to the 45th President. It is also his responsibility to ensure that there will be an orderly transition to the 100th President, and the 200th President, and so on.

So Help Barack H. Obama, God. So Help Us All.

YESSS!!! YESSS!!! OH GOD YESSS!!!! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26531871)

As the media orgasms all over itself.

Way to go Chief Justice John G. Roberts (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26531893)

After first cutting off Obama, he forgets to say "faithfully" in the pledge, then tacks it onto the end of the clause. Obama clearly recognizes the screwup and pauses where "faithfully" is supposed to go, letting Roberts correct himself. Roberts stumbles, realizing his mistake. Corrects it, sort of. Then Obama continues with Roberts' original phrasing.

To anyone not overly familiar with Article II, Section 1, Clause 8 of the Constitution, it looked like Obama was confused- or stumbled, but he was just in shock to hear Roberts put things out of order.

Nice one there, Roberts.

Re:Way to go Chief Justice John G. Roberts (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26531973)

Well, Roberts also had some recent problems understanding the text of the Fourth Amendment, so it's to be expected.

Re:Way to go Chief Justice John G. Roberts (3, Informative)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | about 6 years ago | (#26532103)

To anyone not overly familiar with ... the Constitution

Yep. That would be Chief Justice John G. Roberts. Glad to know it wasn't an imposter up there.

Re:Way to go Chief Justice John G. Roberts (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532349)

Well at least he was sworn as Barack Hussein Obama...

As Spock once said (5, Insightful)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | about 6 years ago | (#26531905)

"After a time, you may find that 'having' is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as 'wanting.' It is not logical, but it is often true."

Re:As Spock once said (4, Insightful)

wandazulu (265281) | about 6 years ago | (#26532359)

"Having" Bush as ex-president is quite a pleasing thing.

Well, I for one (5, Funny)

moniker127 (1290002) | about 6 years ago | (#26531911)

welcome our new African American overlords.

Re:Well, I for one (3, Insightful)

Bruiser80 (1179083) | about 6 years ago | (#26532067)

Informative tag.... only on Slashdot... ;-)

How much bandwidth did your network use? (1)

hicks107 (1286642) | about 6 years ago | (#26531919)

We have about 3000 users. Not all of them streamed the inauguration, but of the ones who did they downloaded just about 5 gigabytes of data. Does anyone have any other numbers they could share? I posted a similar question to the firehose, but I doubt the submission will make it very far.

Prosecute criminals (4, Insightful)

Black Parrot (19622) | about 6 years ago | (#26531943)

Otherwise, he's a party to discarding the rule of law.

Change but not on telecom immunity (4, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | about 6 years ago | (#26531945)

You know, as a geek and an American who's concerned with his personal privacy, there was a single issue which I really took to heart during GWB's presidency and that was telecom immunity (a retroactive law mind you). When Obama went back and ended up supporting it and then continued to support it even into his presidency [wired.com] , I really had to take the whole "Change" mantra with a big grain of salt.

While I have been watching my Twitter log scroll by with people saying they are in tears over this historic moment and the supposed changing of the guard as President Bush left office, I just have to wonder how much really will "Change". And obviously, at least one very important issue, which should be a priority of all Americans, is being overlooked because someone is promising a whole bunch of shit which probably doesn't matter much.

Yet, something which goes against the Constitution is going to be swept under the rug as not all that important because we have a great speaker who appeals to the masses with his great voice, speeches that blow the out-going fool's away, and his supposed "fit" chest as was shown round the world via the media's obsession with the man.

I'm all for a new leader, God knows we needed someone better than GWB 4+ years ago. But man, "Change" is relative I guess. YMMV.

Re:Change but not on telecom immunity (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | about 6 years ago | (#26531983)

Wait, you never questioned the whole change thing or anything else he said until then?

Re:Change but not on telecom immunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532149)

Some people are blind and/or easily fooled by slick talkers. No real "change" here.

Re:Change but not on telecom immunity (5, Interesting)

garcia (6573) | about 6 years ago | (#26532263)

I didn't say I didn't question it. I don't believe a word any politician says but I have *never* witness the number of people following along with the campaign promises of a candidate/president like they are with Obama. Even people I would normally believe to be levelheaded are acting like 13 year old girls after their first kiss.

I don't know what to be more frightened of, Bush's right-wing, conservative, religion wackos or the mass of people that Obama has mobilized into believing that something will be vastly different with him in charge.

but, but! (3, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 6 years ago | (#26531959)

obama is a secret communist muslim!

(nevermind the contradiction of terms in the idiotic propaganda some people believe)

i like that even in heavily republican places in the country, like oklahoma, since the election, approval and support for obama has swelled:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/us/politics/20tulsa.html?partner=permalink&exprod=permalink [nytimes.com]

Not a single county in Oklahoma stirred from the orderly phalanx marching behind Mr. McCain, the senator from Arizona who was the Republican nominee, and Mr. Driskill, the owner of an insurance agency in downtown Tulsa, said he was proud to be in those ranks. Statewide, two out of three voters supported Mr. McCain, the highest percentage in the nation.

But that staunchly Republican, conservative Oklahoma is harder to find now. While there are countless Mr. Driskills here -- and hardly anyone doubts that Mr. McCain would easily win again in a redo of the vote -- there are also new fractures and fault lines as some voters have shifted toward accepting what the rest of the country wrought in giving Mr. Obama a lopsided victory.

now that obama has a strong mandate, even a begruding one in republican strongholds, please, let him deliver

Re:but, but! (4, Funny)

I(rispee_I(reme (310391) | about 6 years ago | (#26532209)

obama is a secret communist muslim!

What a relief; i thought he was an overt fundamentalist christian [wikipedia.org] .

Re:but, but! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532297)

Why is this modded flamebait? I hate the inscrutable circletimessquare as much as the next guy, but (s)he speaks the truth.

Oh YES!!! (1, Flamebait)

sherms (15634) | about 6 years ago | (#26531961)

Finally someone with a fricken brain!!!

Re:Oh YES!!! (1)

xenolion (1371363) | about 6 years ago | (#26532289)

LOL just but the cash on his desk and he's with you like anyone in goverment. No thinking needed for those people.

The Naivete of Hope (2, Insightful)

whisper_jeff (680366) | about 6 years ago | (#26531995)

A friend was posting on Facebook about how Obama is just another politician and nothing's going to change and that those who are getting caught up in the hype are just slaves to the American propaganda and prone to idealism and naivete.

I disagree.

Here's my response to him.

"Let us believe the world just might become a better place. Let us believe that people can be better - that people _want_ to be better. The world will only become better if people believe. Once people stop believing then they stop trying. I know it sounds fortune-cookie naive pie-in-the-sky but the only way for things to get better is for people to want things to get better and believe they can. Obama is a lightning rod symbol of that desire for Americans (and many around the world). He may be just another politician but he's also a symbol. Like Kennedy, like King, like so many others - he's just a man who's human in all the same ways we're human but he's also a symbol of so much more."

Yes, I know it's a bold thing to liken Obama to Kennedy and King but, I'm sorry, I get flashes of both great men when I watch Obama speak. He possesses an enormous amount of charisma and motivates people and fills them with hope. Yes, I know he's a politician. Yes, I know he's just another man - he's just human. Yes, I know he'll be a politician in every sense of the word. But I also know what he's done to people. He's filled people with hope at a time when hope is a very rare commodity. He's invigorated a nation. He's made everyone believe that the world will be a slightly better place and helped them look forward to the future rather than dread it.

If you believe he's just another politician; if you believe he's going to be a big flop and disappoint and all that garbage, do yourself a favour and, more importantly, do everyone around you a favour and shut up. Keep your thoughts to yourself. You're allowed to have them and I won't take that away from you but, at a time when people are filled with hope and idealism, let them be. Don't try to shatter that hope. Don't try to wave away that idealism. Let the world be a slightly better place for those thoughts and emotions. It may be naive. Whatever. That's not a bad thing though. A bad thing is shitting on everyone else's parade.

Today, the world becomes a slightly better place. Be happy. be hopeful. Or shut up and let the rest of us be happy and hopeful.

Re:The Naivete of Hope (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532123)

you feel the need to say that 'he's just human'? i was not aware that this was in doubt

Re:The Naivete of Hope (1)

InsaneProcessor (869563) | about 6 years ago | (#26532211)

You can have all the hope you want. Meet the new boss...

Be happy. be hopeful. Or shut up (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532237)

Sounds like the Bush Doctrine applied to the new dissenters.

Change we can believe in.

Re:The Naivete of Hope (0, Offtopic)

glindsey (73730) | about 6 years ago | (#26532259)

I'd like your permission to quote that, if you wouldn't mind.

Re:The Naivete of Hope (0, Offtopic)

whisper_jeff (680366) | about 6 years ago | (#26532337)

Granted. Just please attribute it to "whisperjeff" (lowercase).

Re:The Naivete of Hope (1, Insightful)

TDyl (862130) | about 6 years ago | (#26532267)

Well said. This is a day the whole planet can celebrate.

Re:The Naivete of Hope (2, Insightful)

brez180 (832822) | about 6 years ago | (#26532313)

Your response is to tell him to shut up? Brilliant.

Re:The Naivete of Hope (4, Funny)

ionix5891 (1228718) | about 6 years ago | (#26532315)

congratulations from Ireland, I watched the address and beside the all the religious stuff it was quite interesting and I hope Obama brings yee change, hes certainly has more charisma than the shower of wankers who ran my country into the ground lately

anyways to stop ranting, well done, hope the door doesnt hit Bush on his way out

You're either with us or against us... (5, Insightful)

grassy_knoll (412409) | about 6 years ago | (#26532403)

Be happy. be hopeful. Or shut up and let the rest of us be happy and hopeful.

Sounds rather like "You're either with us or against us... "

Meet the new boss.
Same as the old boss.

I'd like (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26531997)

I'd like to see BHO abandon his socialist line of thought and grow a pair.

Fantastic (5, Insightful)

pz (113803) | about 6 years ago | (#26532013)

He used the words "data" and "statistics" in his inaugural address in a positive tone, without being the slightest bit derisive. He said that he would, "restore science to its rightful place." There is hope for the US.

Re:Fantastic (5, Insightful)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | about 6 years ago | (#26532109)

Indeed. Plus its nice having a president who doesn't embarrass you when publicly speaking.

Re:Fantastic (0, Troll)

InlawBiker (1124825) | about 6 years ago | (#26532405)

He was fully capable of embarrassing us without saying anything at all.

Re:Fantastic (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532357)

He said that he would, "restore science to its rightful place." There is hope for the US.

You're assuming that his "rightful place" and your "rightful place" is the same.

Already a victory (5, Insightful)

Bemopolis (698691) | about 6 years ago | (#26532017)

He acknowledged that nonbelievers are American citizens, and reaffirmed the separation of church/state and science.

Re:Already a victory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532183)

And also, my 401K has tripled in value. This guy is awesome!

Re:Already a victory (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532309)

He acknowledged that nonbelievers are American citizens, and reaffirmed the separation of church/state and science.

He shoveled the snow off my driveway.

Re:Already a victory (5, Insightful)

hansamurai (907719) | about 6 years ago | (#26532325)

All right, now how about the separation of corporation and state?

free (5, Funny)

ionix5891 (1228718) | about 6 years ago | (#26532035)

da weed!

#1 voted change.gov issue

And so closes the Dark Age (1)

stox (131684) | about 6 years ago | (#26532051)

May we once again live in a nation we can be proud of. A nation that follows the law. A nation that cares for its people.

Re:And so closes the Dark Age (1)

thermian (1267986) | about 6 years ago | (#26532383)

May A nation that follows the law.

Um, they followed the law in the dark ages, they were just very bad laws. Well bad if you were a woman, or poor, or a child, or in debt, or mentally ill, or on the losing side of a war, or, um, well, you get the gist.

History... (1)

TDyl (862130) | about 6 years ago | (#26532055)

...has been made and I am so glad I was alive to see it. I wish him the all the best as he tries to clear up almost a decade of shit and overt neo-conservative crap. Let us all hope, myself from the UK and billions of others around the planet, that he stays true to his vision and gives us all a safer and better world in which we all can live.

Singularity? (5, Funny)

Sybert42 (1309493) | about 6 years ago | (#26532057)

Will this affect the date of Singularity? Is Obama pro-singularity? Anybody see him with a bluetooth headset :) ?

The king is dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532071)

Long live the Anointed One. Too bad the whole inauguration pomp is coming to a close soon...I was just about to have an Obamagasm.

Full text of the inaugural speech... (3, Informative)

Anonymusing (1450747) | about 6 years ago | (#26532179)

...is available here [nytimes.com] (unlike the odd "preview" of the speech noted in the /. text).

Free Guns for everyone! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532207)

I'm excited about Obama's promise to issue free handguns with every tax refund check for year-2008 tax returns. He said he would just go ahead and mail them right to the tax-paying citizens. He also hinted that he would probably also include a copy of Aaron Russo's "America: Freedom to Fascism" with each check, as anyone paying a federal income tax is obviously ignorant to the fact that the tax is purely optional and actually supports terrorism.

I'm glad we have someone like Obama, who will fight for our gun rights, eliminate the federal reserve bank, and re-open the investigation on 9/11. Obama, you ROCK!

The Crown is quite fitting. (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532213)

... Since everyone is treating the new president as the a new King.

and so a new era begins. (2, Interesting)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | about 6 years ago | (#26532225)

Jack Kennedy's inauguration heralded the previous era of politics and with Bush Jr. leaving, we say goodbye to that era and begin a new.

How do I know this? He said the one word that pisses off Randian libertarians and thus struck a huge contrast to the previous administration.


After he rebuked greed he then articulated the argument for a regulated market.

Let's hope he means it.

Obama vs Gays and Lesbians (1, Interesting)

linzeal (197905) | about 6 years ago | (#26532233)

I am gladdened the sad epoch of George W Bush and his particular brand of wanton cronyism, prideful ignorance and blind ineptitude is at an end. However, I am not at all giving Obama any slack on his bigotry about gay marriage and his choice of Rick Warren as a pastor during the inauguration. Obama and anyone else who thinks they can praise the civil rights accomplishments of gay couples while at the same time denying them the right to a state and federally recognized union for all intents and purposes is as much a bigot as those who denied interracial couples the right to marry. Not only is it a civil rights issue but a public health one as well. The hedonism in the gay community that leads to unsafe sex, rampant drug use and the like is exacerbated if not caused in part by denying them the right to unite as a family of their own choosing under the social contract. Marriage and the family unit is the bedrock of civil society to deny anyone the benefit is abhorrent. Shame on you Barrack Obama, shame on you.

Change- but for the better? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532241)

The first thing our new Prez changed was the party. Not the Dem party, the inaugural party.

While GW spent $40M on his, OHB is spending $170M on his inauguration. He could have so easily claimed the country was in economic trouble and scaled back, but no, he quadrupled the spending for himself.

And you thought change was going to benefit you? Ha!

Posting in a legendary discussion! (0, Redundant)

Kushieda Minorin (1453751) | about 6 years ago | (#26532329)


I am already so tired ... (5, Interesting)

DodgeRules (854165) | about 6 years ago | (#26532377)

... of hearing "black this" and "Afro-American that" and he just became President. I just hope that the media (and America) can finally get over this whole "race" thing and let the guy do his job. For an election that wasn't supposed to be about race, we sure do hear a lot about it. To Obama: America and the world is watching - MAKE US PROUD!

The Coming Change. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#26532389)

This heralds the coming of the U.S.S.A.

Check your rights in for privileges. The corporate globalists will soon take your sovereignty.

Embrace the coming Changeâ by your New Saviorâ.

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