"The makers of things"

Barack Hussein Obama is now President of the United States. That's the second time in two weeks that I've cried. And despite an NPR announcer's nostalgia, George Bush is no longer the President and all associated honors (such as being able to ride in Marine 1) are revoked. Thank you backup announcer for the corrections.

His inaugural speech was beautiful, both for its language and its directness. While these sorts of moments lend themselves heavily towards the use of polysyllabic inkhorn terms (i.e. recent Greek or Latin-derived words), Obama used good ol' Anglo-Saxon and Norman words when emphasis was called for. "the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things" No audacity or innovators or inventors. "For they have forgotten what this country has already done" No accomplishment. "As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals." No dichotomy.

I might once again be able to sleep again (if only only briefly). I haven't done that in eight years. The bleeding has stopped. The Reaganites are finally defeated. And at least for the moment "non-believers" are part of this country again.

Sail our ship well, President Obama. Good luck and godspeed.


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