It’s officially 2011, which I expect to be a bit less crazy than 2010. Am I dreaming? In any case, I’m making yet another New Year’s resolution to blog more. Del, are you with me? I’m sure there will be plenty of interesting, goofy, and scary happenings on which to comment. Happy New Year, all!
Archive for the ‘A Brand New Day’ Category
President Obama woke this morning to the news that he had been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. I heard it on the radio on my way to work, and honestly my first reaction was, “Huh?” It seems a bit early to give him the award, although I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he earned it ten or twenty years down the road.
It’s difficult to see this as anything other than a finger to the eye (excuse the non-peaceful imagery) of the Bush administration and its “my way or the highway” approach to diplomacy. The rest of the world, or at least the Nobel Committee, is hopeful that we’re on a new and more productive path, and I’m right there with them. Here’s a good spot to express my ongoing love and admiration for our Secretary of State. She is an amazing woman!
Anyway, anything that irks both the Taliban and our own homegrown wingnuts* can’t be all bad. Congratulations, President Obama! Here’s to a better and more peaceful future for all of us.
*I’m not going to link to Free Republic, but the term “turd” was used early in the game. I quit reading at that point.
Chill bump inducing all over again. Hillary Clinton is going to be a marvelous Secretary of State! How do I know? If for no other reason, her opposition consisted of David Vitter and Jim DeMint, but if you need more evidence, watch this:
Liss has a transcript of the highlight video at her place, and it begins, “A solid minute of wild applause. Cheers. Shouting. Whistling. Wanton enthusiasm. General revelry.” Indeed.
I want to pledge to you that as Secretary of State, I view these issues [of violence against and oppression of women around the world] as central to our foreign policy. Not as adjunct or auxiliary, or in any way lesser than all of the other issues we have to confront. I too have followed the stories that are exemplified by the pictures that you held up. I mean, it is heartbreaking beyond words that, you know, young girls are attacked on their way to school by Taliban sympathizers and members who do not want young women to be educated. It’s not complicated! They want to maintain an attitude that keeps women — as I said in my testimony — unhealthy, unfed, uneducated and this is something that results all too often in violence against these young women, both within their families and from the outside.
This is not culture. This is not custom. This is criminal…
Change we can all believe in. Let’s get to work.
Thanks to Deeky at Shakesville.
My fellow citizens:
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
It’s real. Chill bumps. The faces in the crowd are amazing and beautiful!