Tuesday, January 20, 2009

2009 is looking up

“For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.”
President Barack Hussein Obama, January 20th, 2009


  1. We will restore science to its rightful place ...


  2. I know! So many great things in one paragraph! And he even included non-believers in his speech!

    (Yeah, I know it won't make much difference on the ground, not right away anyway - the same way that him mentioning gay Americans in his election night speech didn't help the people battling h8 in California. But it's just so amazing to hear these words from a US President!)

    USA! USA! USA!

  3. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers

    How 'bout that... I can't help having very good feelings about this man...

  4. I think I am going to have to save his speech for easy access when I need a little lift. I suspect it will be hard to not be optimistic with this guy on TV all the time!

  5. Yeah, good thoughts and optimism abound this morning. And for a politician! This guy seems like he really is all the things I wanted Blair to be back in 1997.

    CNN (the only news channel my dentist gets!) had some republican guy on as an "analyst" last night, and he kept going on about how the speech didn't include any outstanding turns of phrase that people will be talking about in decades to come - a la "Ask not what your country can do for you" etc. But for me the inclusion of non-believers is up there. And what about "we have chosen hope over fear"?

  6. If you are talking about the same analyst guy I saw, he was pretty wishy-washy. He said something along the lines of 'this perhaps might turn out to be a good, or great, speech'. What does that even mean?

    I thought it was great. I was mesmerized (I watched it at work :).

  7. yeah, let's hope for both science and more jobs....

    it was a fun day yesterday! Now it's time to work and no play. (although I wish I would have seen more of the ball dresses :) )

  8. Mermaid, I think it was the same guy. I watched the analysis on CNN at the dentist, so I didn't hear everything they said in between all the drilling :(

    Chall, more science good, more jobs good, more jobs in science = extra good!

    Green Bean, indeed!

  9. I stayed off the ski hills to watch. I'm so glad I did. I cried, I laughed, I have hope. He speaks with such honesty, intelligence. I can ski in beautiful spring conditions anytime, this was a once in a lifetime.

  10. Lucky... I'd have loved to see it live, but sadly it was a complete non-starter yesterday (meetings, deadlines, lack of vacation days, dentist, lack of TVs at work...)


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