Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

Dear President Obama,

I cannot watch the inauguration live today. I must do something else. I must go to a street corner on this cold snowy day and stand.

On this great day, we are reminded of much history. You have focused our attention on the past. That attention is deserved. You have made us look to Abraham Lincoln whose inauguration you are mimicking and whose inauguration was fraught with security issues, as yours is, for a great Civil War was about to begin.

Lincoln placed his hand to take the oath of office on a Bible that had been purchased by the clerk of the Supreme Court and whose inscription on the flyleaf attests to the fact. You are using that one, too.

There are other things to remember today. Awful things are there that we could remember. I searched the internet to remind myself. I saw a picture of a slave who had run away from Mississippi and joined the Union troops at Baton Rouge. He had run away previously, been caught and whipped mercilessly. Still he ran again, not just to find freedom, but to aide the Union troops in bringing freedom to all the people of his race. This is worth remembering, too.

Tuesdays, women in Knoxville put on black clothes and stand on the street corner in front of the federal building. They do it rain, snow, or shine. They do it because freedom isn't finished. Below is a letter from an Israeli woman. It explains why she stands in Israel, at a Palestinian checkpoint to guard whatever remnants of freedom exist there. We stand because it is all we can do from this point on the globe, to call for a kind, and dignified, and peaceful solution to the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. I'm writing you today because during the next four years you will be able to do more than I will. I'm asking you to do it.

Congratulations! May this day, for you, be one of joy and remembrance.

Betsy DeGeorge
Woman in Black


brd said...

Obama calls leaders of Israel, Palestinians


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has stepped into the Middle East peace effort by placing calls to four leaders from the region. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama called the leaders of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt and Jordan on Wednesday morning.

Gibbs said Obama emphasized that he would work to consolidate the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Gibbs said Obama expressed "his commitment to active engagement in pursuit of Arab-Israeli peace from the beginning of his term." Obama also expressed his hope for continued cooperation from the leaders.

Obama called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Jordan's King Abdullah and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

brd said...

Thank you President Obama!

cadh 8 said...

I liked your post...But there was no mention of Michelle's outfit...I heard the day dress was designed, but the gloves were J Crew off the rack. She is still so down to earth! ;) I have heard mixed reviews about the night time outfit. I think that it was the color that was not expected. My office mate said, and I agreed, that she was looking for something with a bit more "Pop". :)

So frivolous, but somehow we all do care about it. Someone called her look "effortless". I don't know if the designers of her outfits would have used that word to degrade their hard work, but Michelle did look beautiful.

cadh 8 said...

Oh, and to the comments about Isreal and Palestine. If you do not believe that the impossible is possible, you will never acheive the impossible. I applaud his commitment to peace and stand united with him in it. I pray that he will be able to bring sanity to an insane situation.

brd said...

Yes, let's pray for the impossible to happen.

Now, in regard to Michelle's dresses on inauguration day, well, I'm not much of a person to judge, but gloves, now that is a different thing. I love a nice pair of gloves! However, I have to say that I usually stick with black or brown, occasionally tan. And I do like leather. That is always good when you are riding on a cold day. It keeps you in close touch with the horse through the reins.

The choice of purple and green for gloves, was a little too much color for me, but she seemed to be able to carry it off. I'd say watch peoples hands over the next couple months. I think you'll begin to see more color.