ANALYSIS: Obama Makes History — Again

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And Obama also included Myrlie Evers-Williams in the program. Evers, the wife of the slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, delivered the invocation for the inauguration.

“150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 50 years after the march on Washington, we celebrate the spirit of our ancestors,” said Evers, invoking the spirit and the struggles of the civil rights movement and the Civil War. “We recognized that their visions still inspire us.”

And today, for Obama, after the inaugural balls have ended and the speeches have concluded, the hard part begins: The president will certainly be challenged to create initiatives especially for African Americans who are struggling financially. And many blacks say they have been very patient, but have endured four years too long.

“Everyone agrees that you wish more was done the first term,” Debra Lee, the chief executive of Black Entertainment Television, told The New York Times. “But you look at politics and realize that the president can’t wave a wand and get things done by himself.”

But Obama is asking Americans to stay the course.

“We are made for this moment,” Obama said Monday. “This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending.  An economic recovery has begun.  America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands:  youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention.  My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.”

Not everyone was in town to see Obama’s inauguration speech. Many Republicans –congressional leaders, consultants, GOP loyalists — intentionally left Washington, D.C. before the inaugural celebration began.

Sore losers.

“Shame on Republicans who had to leave town and not be a part of this,” said Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

But Bill Murrain, a former civil rights attorney from Atlanta, said he was proud to attend Obama’s inauguration with his 15-year-old granddaughter and didn’t mind standing in the chilly weather for nearly four hours.

“I never thought I would see this day,” Murrain said. “And I certainly never thought I’d see it twice.”

What about you?

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  1. Pingback: ANALYSIS: Obama Makes History — Again | My Black Networks® -The Latest News from The African Diaspora

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  3. @Serpentine…
    Antiquated thinking is burying a nation in debt it cannot repay. Did you know, if EVERY vehicle in the United States was confiscated and sold… it would only pay for 7 months of deficit spending. When Bush started we had 4 Trillion in debt …. at the end of Obamas second term we are looking at 23 Trillion in debt. Bush jacked our debt up 5 Trillion, Obama is going to jack it up 14 Trillion. EVERY nation in the history of the world has FAILED with those debt loads. EVERY NATION… we will be aadded to that list and the blame will go on BUSH/OBAMA

  4. STFU! You both have the option of leaving if you don’t like it. There are flights leaving out of the USA everyday! Always whining, bitching and complaining. President Obama doesn’t promote homosexuality, he just doesn’t discriminate because of it. C. Cruz, your relatives originated from Mexico if I’m not mistaken…remember…the door swings both ways. For the sake of your future and the future of your children and grandchildren, you should leave and head south, waaaaay south.
    You both are the minority in your antiquated way of thinking.

  5. Historians will look back and say how 16 years of Bush/Obama destroyed a nation fiscally and morally. Good times are not coming back for you, for your children and grandchildren if our Nations path is not changed.

  6. Pingback: Civil Rights and President Obama: the Second Inaugural Address « FortLeft

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