David Kirkpatrick

May 2, 2011

Osama bin Laden — D.O.A.

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:04 am

Yeah, I know I haven’t posted in a long time, but this news is big.

Congrats to our leadership and armed forces. I hate to celebrate the death of anyone, but this one was long overdue.

(Update 5/5/11: in retrospect a better header would have been “OBL — DOA”)

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January 20, 2009

Obama sworn in as 44th United States President

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:11 pm

A historic day— the inauguration of a new president is always a historic day, the fact Obama is our nation’s first black president makes it even more so. I think after the election last year all Americans should truly feel they could become president.

Black, white, brown or any other color, male and female alike.

Our nation is in interesting times in many ways. I wish President Obama the  best of luck and hope he, and his administration, can bring good judgement and large ideas to bear on the issues facing the US right now.

From the link:

Barack Hussein Obama became the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, before a massive crowd reveling in a moment of profound racial significance, and called on Americans to confront together an economic crisis that he said was caused by “our collective failure to make hard choices.”

Mr. Obama spoke just after noon to a sea of cheering people, appearing to number well over a million, who packed the National Mall from the Capitol to the Washington Monument and beyond. Four hours later, at the end of the parade route, he left his car and strolled with his wife along Pennsylvania Avenue on the final steps of a long march to the White House, holding hands and waving to cheering crowds.

In his inaugural address, Mr. Obama acknowledged the change his presidency represented, describing himself in his inaugural address as a “man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant.” But although the crowd and the podium around him were full of elated African Americans, Mr. Obama, the first black to become president, did not dwell on that in his speech.

He spoke for about 20 minutes, after taking the oath of office on the same Bible used by Abraham Lincoln at his first inaugural in 1861, emphasizing his determination to unite Americans in confronting both the economic challenges facing him and the continuing fight against terrorism.