Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Day One


"We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals."
-President Obama
from his inaugural address
January 20th, 2009

8 Comments:

Blogger Bridget said...

He's going to need A LOT of tape!

9:24 AM, January 21, 2009  
Blogger Murph said...

I had missed that little dig. I like it. And I agree with it. I also like when someone (I think in a movie or TV show, but I can't recall which one,) said:

If, in defending ourselves against them, we sacrifice our ideals, then they have already won.

10:47 AM, January 21, 2009  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Yesterday was a great day. The Mall was closed at 9 a.m. My family and I stood on the fringe, hemmed in on all sides. We could barely see one of the jumbotron screens. But when Obama took the oath of office, my youngest atop her dad's shoulders pointed her arms in v-formation to the sky and began chanting with the crowd "O-ba-ma!" It was worth it just to see that.

11:49 AM, January 21, 2009  
Blogger Andy said...

Murph - I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Was this it?

1:23 PM, January 21, 2009  
Blogger Murph said...

It certainly sounds similar, and was probably based on it, but I was not familiar with BF's version.

I really do think it was a TV show or movie where I heard it. Maybe it was Jack Bauer. ;-P

1:25 PM, January 21, 2009  
Blogger 1st Lady said...

There's such a new warmth amongst Europeans towards America just with Obama being president and Bush being gone.

3:01 AM, January 22, 2009  
Blogger Andy said...

1st Lady - That is truly heartwarming news to hear. Now we don't have to pretend to be Canadians the next time we're in Italy (true story).

8:08 AM, January 22, 2009  
Blogger Murph said...

And it is not a European thing. My friend in Singapore said people there were looking forward to the new possibilities Obama inspires.

Now, that the rhetoric is passed, though, I am eager to see something productive take place.

9:41 AM, January 22, 2009  

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