Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Obama's Presidential Inauguration Ceremony

Tens of millions if not more will be glued to their TV sets in a couple of hours' time for the Inauguration Ceremony. In a couple of hours' time, United States of America will have her first non-white President. Apparently, his 17min speech is so wildly anticipated that a number of offices in London have set up rooms to cater for those who might want to witness the historical moment.

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I'm a cynical skeptic (what's worse than that?). He is but one person. It's not like he has a magic wand and all will be fine after today. However, it seems that this one man's charisma has enabled him to rally people across different walks of life and propel him to what many think is the top executive job in this modern world.

With Royal Bank of Scotland down in the dumps, the sterling pound nose diving and many worrying about their jobs, we all need that little bit of hope. Well, I'll be watching the speech live.

Things might work out after all. All the best, President Obama.

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8 comments:

SheR. said...

You'll be amazed how the leaders of some countries have to be compared to Obama. Like he's a phenomenon! Oh well.. I just hope he can save the world economy quicker!!!

orient-lodge.com said...

I, too, have strong strains of cynicism and skepticism, yet I also, have hopes that President Obama's charisma will help him inspire all of us to work together to make the United States, and the world, a better place.

I've been writing a little bit about this over the past few days, and have talked about the issue of how much the man makes the times and how much the times makes the man.

Dutchie said...

More hours were devoted to America on the daily news (TV) than any other country. It has become a bore n I automatically zapped or mute it. There must be newsworthy reports from the rest of the world surely ? Hubby said that's bec America is a world player. I suspect it has to be some vigorous PR behind the scenes ? U get the same feelings when watching Al Jazeera - their empathy with some nations r palpable !

A change of cabinet doesnt mean a change for the better. I hv seen that within Europe. There r people who would not vote bec they hv lost faith in the system. Since when r our voices heard by those we hv elected to serve ?

EastCoastLife said...

Dutchie has a good point.
Those whom we elected to serve almost never listen to our voices.

I'm also watching the inauguration ceremony. :)

EastCoastLife said...

What do you think of my Association of Bloggers (Singapore)?

Martin in Bulgaria said...

He has a mountain to climb, let's see how long the honeymoon lasts.


I like the new underground title change...

C K said...

@Sher,
I actually sat through his entire speech. Like I said, I'm a cynic. But hey, he sure can deliver a speech. That, I have to hand it to him. The same words coming out from my mouth would probably sound like a joke.


@Orient,
Thanks for your posts on the new US President.
However, I can't help but feel a bit uneasy about how race has become just a big issue in this Presidency.

Thus, instead of a 'African-American' president, I would prefer to refer to him as 'non-white'. Rather than seeing it as a triump of the African-Americans, which forms around 65% of the Inauguration Ceremony's audience, I would see it as a mark that the US (and the world) has become a more inclusive society.


@Dutchie,
I know what you mean. But I would have to agree with your husband that since US is the only superpower (currently), its Presidential selection would pretty much dominate the global media whether you like or not.

However, with the increasing profile of China and Russia more willing to flex her muscles, we would be hearing more from them in the next decade or so.

Say, are you eligible to vote in NL? I'm not so sure how the voting system work over there.


@ECL,
So how do you find the ceremony?

I guess the higher you go, you'll have to focus at the larger picture. How would you explain GDP or credit crunch to the hawker that sells fishball noodles at the local coffeeshop?

And I think AOB is a great idea! How can overseas S'poreans participate?


@Martin,
Thanks! I though no one would notice the title board change. :)

Well, he did try to tamper expectations a bit in his speech yesterday. I hope the goodwill that he has built up would serve him well.

Dutchie said...

I'm a naturalised Dutch citizen, so yes, I can vote.

Basically u get a list that stretches from ur chin to ur knies - haha. It consists of 7-12 parties hosted by 25-30 representatives - mostly unknowns to most voters. One reason why people dont want to take the trouble to vote. The party with the most votes will obviously call the shots in a combined new Cabinet of a few parties. I always find them very time consuming with their endless House-debates n a twisted need to usurp each other to gain more credits (I supposed). Mind you, it cost the taxpayer 5000 euro for each member in a debate. I wonder why cant they do that within their own office n bring out the good news once it is test-proofed n ready to launch ?