Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Barack Hussein Obama

Today was a glorious day and I remained glued to the TV. Beside the excitement, the pageant and the relief of seeing that helicopter take 43 away, there were two unforgettable, blissful moments for me.

The first was Reverend Lowry's benediction:

...Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around ... when yellow will be mellow ... when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.

The second was: instead of a phalanx of public sanitation workers with broom in hand, NASA and moon mobile brought up the end of the parade. It was wordless, ingenious, comic, humble, elating, and understated, yet the message was clear. The inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama was one giant leap in the history of the United States.

BTW, the New York Times has a site with all Inaugural Addresses since 1789.


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