I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m getting my country back in the space of 15 minutes. I feel like my patriotism suddenly has some soil in which to take root.
Lowery was more lyrical than the poet, more sincerely pious than the celebrity pastor, and more moving than the President – and he even managed a touch of humor. Absolutely stole the show.
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We could be all very cynical and argue that the Oabama presidency has already bought off the radicals. That the movements have been coalesced into the unconditional support for the new black president.
John Pilger so argues that Obama mania is a trap.
And he’s right. This is a US presidential inauguration not a revolution. But I think Pilger misses the significance of what that aspiration now focusing on this one figure represents, and what yearnings this presidency is likely to awaken in the US body politick.
It’s no good standing aside from that and grumbling. If millions are going to go through what will be a very new experience for them, then so too should you (or I).