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A Magnificent Day!
This was written perfectly! And not just because I'm a fellow liberal. Here's to hoping at the end of his term we'll be able to say, "Well done, Sir!"
By: Stephanie D on January 21, 2013
Your a Liberal!! Who knew? NOw I have to unsubscribe. jk My problem is I can not imagine why ANYONE would want to be President and I distrust anyone who runs for this most difficult Job. THe only President who ever left office without grey hair was Ronald Reagan. THey say he dyed his hair, I think he was just too old to give a damn what people thought.
By: Cranky Old Man on January 21, 2013
you said it all for me--but MUCH BETTER than I could!!
By: fishducky on January 21, 2013
Our strength is in our unity, not in our divisions.
By: Shelly on January 21, 2013
I knew you were more than just a pretty face. Well said. No matter our political bent, we are first and foremost Americans and we're darned lucky to be. Oma Linda
By: Oma Linda on January 21, 2013
Well said Steve! It IS a magnificent day...one of hope and promise as it was 4 years ago.
By: Laurie on January 21, 2013
Well put Stephen- what it boils down to in this country is we are so blessed to say what we think and not have to look over our shoulder when we speak . I have never agreed with everything any politician has said or done and Obama is included - I just hope that somehow this country can get back on track emotionally and financially. Thanks for the great post!
By: Kathe W. on January 21, 2013
Good for you. I'm as proud of being a conservative as you are of being a liberal. Your political persuasion has shown here more than once. As mine has on my site. I'm sure you cringed with Bush spoke as I cringe when Obama speaks. It's just how it works. Have a terrific day. :)
By: Comedy Plus on January 21, 2013
Beautiful and poignant post, Stephen. I couldn't agree with you more. Of course, you know I'm liberal as well. Sometimes I feel like I'm besieged by conservatives (especially where I live). It's refreshing to read a post by someone who isn't fanatical and has an open mind. So many of the others I go to are just absolutely done with learning. They are not open to anything that doesn't echo their own outrageous and sometimes grotesque ideas.
By: Michael Offutt on January 21, 2013
You? Liberal? That cat has been out of the bag for a while now. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
By: Val on January 21, 2013
Well said Steve. I'm a moderate conservative, definitely NOT willing to attach any party affiliation to myself. I think good ideas can originate anywhere, and should be judged on their merit and not the party of their author. I just hope the day will come when politicians will "do" what they "say" without there being an ulterior motive or some benefit awarded to some special interest. Why can't The American People be the one and only special interest our "leaders" pay attention to? Their speeches are inspiring, but their actions are beyond disappointing. S
By: scott park on January 21, 2013
Nicely done. Applies here in Canada, too. We have our divisions too, we are just quieter about them. Most of the time. :)
By: jenny_o on January 21, 2013
So well written. Thank you. I, too, am a liberal, but if the other guy had been elected, I hope I would have found a way to be positive about him. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on January 21, 2013
Politically you and I are probably polar opposites That doesn't mean jack when it comes to being behind our (your and mine) country We all have to get used to the idea that change will happen whether we are for or against If only the pols would listen Anyway, you couldn't say what you wrote any better
By: Ivan Toblog (aka IT) on January 21, 2013
To paraphrase the old Kingston Trio song ... the liberals hate the conservatives, the Muslims hate the Jews, the libertarians hate the socialists ... and I don't like anybody very much! But ... nice post; something we all need to remember, no matter if it's a Dem or a Rep. in the White House.
By: Tom Sightings on January 21, 2013
Amusing, insightful, and thoughtfully composed... Sir. It was a historic day and all Americans should be proud.
By: Daniel LaFrance on January 21, 2013
By: The Bug on January 21, 2013
Hear, hear. *Raises glass of wine*
By: Pixel Peeper on January 21, 2013
We take our democracy for granted a lot. I mean just go to one of those countries like Iran or North Korea where they have "elections" that always seem to elect the same people. And if you want to complain that our government is taking away our rights, maybe you should go to Mali or Putin's Russia. Anyway, unfortunately a Republican will probably win 2016 just because if you look at history in the last 100 years we generally go back and forth between parties every decade, really I suppose because as a whole Americans are moderate and don't like things swinging too far one way.
By: PT Dilloway on January 21, 2013
I pray the Obamas are showered with grace happiness and good health, although I am the opposite from their views on life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am pro life from conception until death and that trumps all other worldly views.
By: momto8blog on January 21, 2013
The problem is that politicians come in on the back of promises to change this or that and improve the other - but the reality is that the world is a complicated old place and the best we can hope for is to steer things in what we hope is the right direction - which is why we get disappointed when those promises fall by the wayside but then i guess none of us would vote for a person who told us the truth. Obama is better than some - over here we just have a bunch of faceless Tony Blair clones desperately trying to hog the middle ground and afraid to take a chance
By: dont feed the pixies on January 22, 2013
We may not agree on every political point, but on these points, yes.
By: mimi on January 22, 2013
I love you man!
By: mindy on January 22, 2013
Ah, the inauguration. I LOVED his speech. And Beyonce. Because, you know, BEYONCE.
By: Mayor Gia on January 22, 2013
Well said! It is indeed a glorious day in history. Kinda wish you hadn't listed women third. Other than that, nice post. ;)
By: Mod Mom Beyond IndieDom on January 22, 2013
Very well said. I especially appreciated where you said "My purpose is not to tout the virtues of our current president; you undoubtedly have already made up your mind." If I have learned anything in my years of talking politics it's that minds are not easily changed, and most (all?) stuff isn't worth getting into a heated argument over. Thanks for sharing this perspective. I enjoyed it.
By: Jared Karol on January 22, 2013
Can i agree and disagree and respect your stance? I don't get the "America is best no matter what" thing. I also don't get the opposite. We have freedoms and the like other countries envy. That's the awesome part. Do we mess up? Oh boy do we. Unforgivably so. When I visited the Lincoln memorial and read his 2nd inaugural address, I was humbled by it. I think it is great we have elected a non-white man, and twice! And for the inauguration (publicly) to be on MLK day. WE have come so far. I just get tired of the uber liberal vs uber conservative annoyance when many are in-between but it seems the extremists are the loudmouths and claim to repsesent 50% of us, respectively. They don't. Did I vote for Obama? No. Did I like Bush? umm, no. The guys I vote for never win. But e live in a republic/democracy that allows us so many freedoms, And while we may agree on many things and disagree on many, your perspective made me happy. It wasn't biased or politically charged. It was honest and hopeful and I loved it. The part of future generations looking back, knowing they can be somebody, man that almost got me choked up.
By: gem on January 22, 2013
I'll echo Stephanie and not just because I'm a conservative. I cannot express how dismayed I am that Obama is going to continue as the president. But, he will be MY president, too, and it's up to all of us to wish him the best. Because, what's the alternative? To hope he fails which, by extension, means the country fails? I can't hope for that. All I can hope is that the millions who voted for him are right. I sincerely do. My initial thoughts about you, Steve, is that you are a good person. This post confirms that. You are a good person. BTW, as far as secession, that really didn't work out all that well the last time it was tried. And I DO NOT support that.
By: Al Penwasser on January 22, 2013
You said it. I just loved his speech. I'm hopefully that we'll see a little more "hope and change" with this term though.
By: Christie on January 22, 2013
Hi Stephen: I'm not at all into politics. But I wish the President and all civil authorities the best in grappling with so many many complex issues ahead.
By: Michael Manning on January 22, 2013
I don't do political debates and all of that, because they seem pretty pointless. I'm resentful of labels like liberal and conservative, because they are nothing but terms that describe a bunch of pre-conceived notions that may or may not be who I am or what I believe. Having said that, this is a good post. I wouldn't want to be in the President's position, and like him or not, he's there. Sadly, I can't agree with him on most things, but then, I find myself highly mistrustful of any politician. Again, just let me say this is a well-written, intelligently expressed post. Well done.
By: The (not so) Special Mother on January 22, 2013
Hi Stephen, I'll echo what one of your previous commenters said, in that we have pretty much the same issues going on here in Canada. There's always going to be someone unhappy with what's going on. I think it's a thankless job that has to be full of stress. I just wish that more people would get out and exercise their right to vote and be heard in that manner, rather than not bothering to show up at the polls and then complaining the loudest. Nice post!
By: Ken on January 22, 2013
Without getting into politics, I must say I agree that we are indeed ennobled by this day! Now, if only we could get a woman in the White House... ;)
By: Natalie DeYoung on January 23, 2013
I'm not a follower of politics, but even here in Canada I was grateful when Obama was re-elected. He seemed the more reasonable of the offerings.
By: My Half Assed Life on January 23, 2013
Well written. There has been much too much political arrogance ("my opinion is right and yours is wrong!") lately, and it is refreshing to read something that is meaningful to both sides of the spectrum. Thanks for a breath of fresh air. :)
By: Dana on January 23, 2013
Beautifully said! There's so much negativity lately, I can't stand it.
By: Sarcasm Goddess on January 23, 2013
I hope he can get more accomplished now that decisions won't be tainted by re-election! I don't like all of the negative politics either.
By: Stacie on January 24, 2013
So eloquent. "Even those who vilify President Obama are ennobled by the fact of his presidency."... I couldn't agree more. Sometimes I look at Obama, flawed as he may be, and think, WOW, society has come such a long way in a few short decades. (Plus, he's way more cool and inspiring than our guy up here in Canada. Just sayin'.)
By: Dilovely on January 24, 2013
You hit the nail on the head, it's quite a thankless job. This was a good piece.
By: Michelle Longo on January 24, 2013
And I don't usually even comment on political posts but occasionally a "Well put!" Needs to be said. Well put. Our province of Ontario now his its first openly gay premier. And a woman at that. Our little piece of the world is finally growing up some. I'm thankful for that. I'm trying to catch up on blog posts but being close to 750 behind, I know that's not going to happen. Hopefully skimming and occasional commenting will suffice.
By: Hilary on January 31, 2013
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