January 20, 2009

Congratulations President Obama

I thought the president's speech was good. Good, but not great. I was astonished at the number of people on the Mall there in DC. Wow.

The Highlight: CNN capturing the various gazes of older African-Americans in DC and around the whole country. It was truly touching. I wonder how many of them thought they'd never see this day happen.

The Lowlight: The poet. WTF?? That was some of the worst poetry -- and poetry reading -- I've ever heard.

Once again, congratulations and best of luck to our new president!

Posted by Hube at January 20, 2009 04:56 PM | TrackBack

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Knock-knock, Hube...can I come in if I promise to behave? (Okay, I'll try...and I've been reading the blog, anyway...)

Agree with you on ALL points made. The speech being okay was okay...I think the momentousness of this historic day will likely overshadow anything he could have said otherwise, anyway. Like you, the highlight were the faces...older and both black and white. The poet?? Indeed...WTF? I'm no poet but what WAS that? Even the grammar was shoddy.

As simply a naturalized citizen I was very proud of this country, our people, today. And, no...I did not vote for this President but wish him well. As for ex-President Bush...fair winds and following seas.

Posted by: Nancy Cleveland at January 20, 2009 06:14 PM

LOL... absolutely you can come in Nance. (Did you miss where I said I was sorry back when, BTW?) ;-)

I agree -- the momentousness of the moment overshadowed all. All I could do was smile and nod approvingly seeing the faces of all those elderly African-Americans...!

Posted by: Hube at January 20, 2009 06:37 PM

I read something today saying that since any poet at an Inauguration will inevitably be compared to Robert Frost, a comparison any poet would lose, we really ought to just forget about doing it again. Makes sense to me.

Posted by: Paul Smith at January 20, 2009 06:43 PM

That may be, Paul, but this woman was just plain BAD.

Posted by: Hube at January 20, 2009 06:47 PM

LOL..Thanks, Hube. I guess I did miss that post but, no matter...there was never any need, at least not for me.

RE the poet, Paul...there was a pause long enough after she finished her reading when I wondered if those millions of people would even applaud. I've know I didn't even think of comparing her to Frost but it did occur to me I've heard doggerel written and read which made more sense.

Posted by: Nancy Cleveland at January 20, 2009 06:56 PM

Oh, the poet was a hot mess. Do you know when you dial information and they give you the phone number you've asked for? She sounded like that computerized voice with the strange intonations - she was so careful to enunciate that she wound up with absolutely no rhythm to her speech. It made her poetry practically incomprehensible. It could've been a great poem, if the reader was competent...

Posted by: Peevish at January 20, 2009 07:21 PM

My prior post was a polite way of not saying she was awful. I only heard it since I was at my desk, but the delivery was awful and the petry behind it didn't seem too hot either.

Posted by: Paul Smith at January 20, 2009 08:11 PM