Barack Obama - 44th President of the US of A

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Barack Obama - 44th President of the US of A

Postby Barney Dannelke » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:47 am

Barack Obama - 44th President of the United States of America.

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History is a vast early warning system. -Norman Cousins (1915-1990)

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Postby Barney Dannelke » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:56 am

I wanted that first post in this thread to be a standalone. I didn't really want the abbreviation in the header but the full POTUS line would not fit by one character.

There was a brief internal debate about using a header like "And Tuvok shall lead them" or something but my heart, for once, wasn't in it. The whole thing is just to damned BIG to be cute with.

It's almost every single thing I wanted this election cycle to be. A stepping back from, if not a final walking away from race matters as the first disqualifier for this job. A moment in time where I believe hundreds of millions of people opted for calm and reason over fear and hate.

Thanks to everyone in this country for showing me this - even once - in my lifetime.

Thank you.

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Postby FrankChurch » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:51 am

Give me a big wet kiss Barney baby.

I will have up the American flag until January 20th. Barack's honeymoon will be over, he will have to do something to keep this ball rolling or the Democrats will end up ushering in a new conservative wave.

For now, I love my country. I have seen a unity I have never seen, ever.

I still can't believe a crazy country like ours voted for a man named Barack Hussein Obama. Still stunned.

Call me the radical patriot.

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All Aboard!

Postby John E Williams » Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:12 am

Last night one of the newsheads mentioned that Obama always takes the stage to Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising". I wasn't aware of that, but in any case it's the wrong song. A better and much more fitting Bruce tune, Mister President-elect, would be the following:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k2lGdWwubmhSQCg1ok

Grab your ticket and your suitcase
Thunder's rolling down the tracks
You don't know where you're goin'
But you know you won't be back
Darlin' if you're weary
Lay your head upon my chest
We'll take what we can carry
And we'll leave the rest

Big Wheels rolling through fields
Where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

I will provide for you
And I'll stand by your side
You'll need a good companion for
This part of the ride
Leave behind your sorrows
Let this day be the last
Tomorrow there'll be sunshine
And all this darkness past

Big wheels roll through fields
Where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

This train
Carries saints and sinners
This train
Carries losers and winners
This Train
Carries whores and gamblers
This Train
Carries lost souls
This Train
Dreams will not be thwarted
This Train
Faith will be rewarded
This Train
Hear the steel wheels singin'
This Train
Bells of freedom ringin'
This Train
Carries broken-hearted
This Train
Thieves and sweet souls departed
This Train
Carries fools and kings
This Train
All aboard


Copyright © Bruce Springsteen (ASCAP) , reprinted from http://brucespringsteen.net/songs/LandOfHopeAndDreams.html

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Postby sjarrett » Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:31 am

Speaking of songs, I woke up this morning with two songs on my mind. One was "Waiting On the World To Change," which has been converted overnight from a song of despair to a song of hope. The other was Dylan's "When the Ship Comes In," which pretty well sums up the way I'm feeling today.

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Postby David Loftus » Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:53 am

Funny thing, the phrase that came to my mind while walking the dog this morning was "It's morning in America." I couldn't remember which previous presidential campaign it came from, though after an hour or two of pondering, I was leaning toward Eisenhower.

Imagine my chagrin when a Web search revealed it was the theme of a top Reagan ad in the 1984 campaign.

Oh, well . . . it still fits.
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus

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Postby John E Williams » Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:54 am

Oh, that Dylan song is one of my favorites. Thanks for posting it!

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Postby Moderator » Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:08 pm

Not to rain on parades, but are the song lyrics above copyrighted???

If so, please note that they are reprintable...
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Postby John E Williams » Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:13 pm

Feel free to edit my post and delete the lyrics if you see fit, Steve. They are, if anyone's interested, located here at Mr. Springsteen's official site:

http://brucespringsteen.net/songs/LandO ... reams.html

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Postby robochrist » Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:30 pm

Y'know, there's a flip-side to Bush's talents after all:

Not only did he destroy the economy, our position in the world, our tactics in the Middle East, the justice system, Wall Street, New Orleans, the trade deficit, integrity, and Democracy...

but the Republican party as well!

There is no longer a single Republican from the New England region in the Senate.

Bush has come a long way, from running several oil exploration companies into the ground in his early days to the Neo-Cons, who are now back in the Stone Age from whence they came.

THAT is TALENT!!!!

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Postby Ezra Lb. » Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:29 pm

Yeah but we won't be safe until there's a stake in Chaney's heart, his head is cut off with his mouth stuffed full of garlic and his body is buried at a crossroads.

And even then somebody better go back and check every once in a while.
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Postby Steve Evil » Wed Nov 05, 2008 2:56 pm

Like Jason Vorhees, he'll be back.

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Postby FrankChurch » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:34 am

White people are the real problem. They know the gig is up but they don't play fair. Expect white fear to bubble up into a rather menacing new meme. The Jaws theme behind a yodel.

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Postby FrankChurch » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:36 am

Vorhees needs a makeover.

Now that the election is over we can focus again on dumb things: reading, science, deep thoughts, sexual leering.

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Postby Barney Dannelke » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:46 am

This already got traction on the Pavilion but I wanted to post it here in this thread. Thanks for the mentions over there. I also received this link from about 5 other people this morning.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/167582

Part 1 of the epic 7 part "How He Did It" series of articles. The first three sections (plus a highlight reel) are already up. I've only read Chapter 1 so far and it's really a pisser of an expose. Nothing I've learned about Obama from this gives me pause - and the stuff about the Hillary campaign makes me wonder how she did as well as she did.

Great stuff that you normally have to wait 20 years for. One advantage of the Toffler-esque speeding up of our culture I suppose.

- Barney

ps. - Thanks to everyone for the props yesterday. That was damned nice of you.

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