Live Blog: Obama’s Inaguration 09…

  • Harry Flashman

    Mick, I don’t wish to appear rude but what precisely do you want us to blog about?

    “Oh look he’s about to recite the oath of office, wow.”

    “A warm black coat and a sensible suit, a smartly picked conservative pattern tie, well chosen that man”

    “And look thousands of people standing around watching him, amazing”

    “Here comes the ‘Star Spangled Banner” sung no doubt by a well known female black gospel singer, just like all the other presidential inaugurations for the past quarter century, radical eh?”

    It’s just an inauguration, not the second coming of Jesus Christ.

    (Party pooper Harry Flashman, grouchily slumps off to the corner.)

  • RepublicanStones

    No doubt the CONts will have a field day with him fluffing the oath a little.

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    Great speech at the mo by Obama.

    He has emphasized Science in the progress of the US (a kick in the arse for the religious nuts, creationists, etc…)

    He’s made a sneaky reference to Thomas Paine’s ‘Rights of Man’.

    Hints of a secular and pragmatic US Presidency!

  • RepublicanStones

    A little Shakespearean, but quite good.

  • Gerry from Derry

    Harry….perhaps we could blog about the millions of dollars being spent on this Obamafest?
    Four years ago, Democrats warned President Bush about an extravagant inauguration calling it inappropriate during a time of war. Today, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue, the unemployment rate is the worst since 1945, consumer confidence is down along with the stock market and companies announce daily they are laying off people, closing stores or going out of business altogether and people are seriously POOR.

    But not a peep from the Democrats about the costs of Obama’s coronation and the dimwitted can’t see the hypocrisy.

    The one has just finished….now we’ll hear the leftie journos spew their b**lshit.

  • Gerry from Derry

    Oops….should be ‘b*lls**t’ – Apologies

  • Mick Fealty

    The live blog is ticking over, but the server is clearly over loaded… remind me next time to use twitter

  • RepublicanStones

    C’mon Gerry. There has to be a bigger expenditure on this inaguration. Lets face it, there are a lot more people attending. More security needed as well, because lets face it, last time the people who would’ve contemplated assassinating the president would’ve been Bush supporters anyway 😉


    Oh dear NOT a great start. He fluffed his lines and appeared nervous. A lot of people said there was no great substance and depth to the man. He looks a bit cardboard cut out. Time will tell.

  • Harry Flashman

    Actually he didn’t fluff his lines, it was the Chief Justice who messed up and Obama paused to allow him to correct himself.

    I was a bit disappointed in the lack of a black lady gospel singer singing the national anthem but I suppose in hindsight a choir from the services would be the obvious choice. I thought old Aretha didn’t do half bad either.

  • RepublicanStones

    Enter stage right Christopher Hitchens !!!

  • Mick Fealty

    Aretha was great.

  • RepublicanStones

    Harry i’ve just watched the oath on the news again. It seems they both screwed it up.

  • Harry Flashman

    Obama started too early certainly, but it was Roberts who transposed the word “faithfully” and when Obama started to recite he realised that it was wrong and allowed Roberts to try again (and incidentally he still got it wrong) but despite the frantic screaming which this very minute is sweeping the more outlandish reaches of the internet Obama did actually pledge the Oath of Office correctly and the main responsibility for fluffing it lies with Chief Justice Roberts who is of course a Bush appointee thereby allowing everyone to shout for one last time;

    “IT”S BUSH”S FAULT!!!!”

  • USA

    Hi everyone, a good day in America.
    This was not an inauguration but a transformation.
    America is back on the right track with this new administration. Look for immediate action on waterboarding / torture etc from Obama and hopefully an all out assault on the “Bush doctrine”.
    He certainly will change direction domestically and internationally. Hopefully the people of the world will at least respect that we told our government we disagreed with what they were doing and opted to change the administration.

    You are right, it was the chief justice who messed up, not O’Bama, unforgivable.

    On a critical note (and I am an O’Bama supporter), we are supposed to have seperation of church and state. So I was bitterly dissapointed by the overtly Christian proceedings. Not only was there an extremely long “invocation” full of shite about god, but then there was also an “intonement?” or something, which was equally full of supersticious christian shite. There was also swearing on a bible and lots of god bless this and god bless that.
    For a guy who talked about “elevating science back to it proper place” (a dig at Bush) all this supersticion makes no sense. Perhaps he felt compelled to put his christian (non-muslim) credentials on display.

    Finally, that awful song “There is nothing as Irish as Barak O’Bama” made it into the mainstream media over here on Sunday. It was run during the 6 o’clock news by ABC, CBS or NBC (can’t remember which one) and included an interview with the “band”. I wanted to die.

  • Greenflag

    Congratulations to the USA and to a better future for it’s people and the world . And now for the hard work of undoing the mess that the previous administration wrought on both the USA and the world .

    USA ,

    ‘I wanted to die.’

    Eh ? Wrong words 🙂 You really wanted to shoot the gobshites like I did . So Obama had a great great great grandaddy who was a Dublin property investor wonderful ? . But hang on a minute those folks (property developers ) are not winning any popularity contests over here now 😉

  • USA

    Gerry from Derry,
    The math has already been calculated. The Obama campaign did indeed spend millions on a huge party for the common person. When we divide the number of attendees by the amount spent it comes out to 50 cents per person. Very frugal.
    Even the big shots like Spielburg etc paid $50,000 for thier seats and this money helped offset the cost of the party.
    Why should this ceremony be accessible only to the political elite in American society.
    I for one am glad to see the return of the founding philosophy that democracy belongs to the people. It is government of the people, by the people and for the people. And at 50 cents per person you can’t complain.

  • Rory Carr

    The US Presedential Inauguration
    The view from Tottenham:

    Most impressive. Very ‘andsome, very ‘andsome indeed.

    But then ‘andsome is as ‘andsome does. Innit?

    Gawd bless you, my son,’ave a go anyway.

  • Have to agree for once with Harry Flashman et al. about who messed up the President’s oath of office.

    It was certainly Chief Justice Roberts.

    He, it seems, was taken over by an apparition of Ehud Barak, Saddam Hussein, and Osama bin Ladin just before he gave the oath, and instead of saying, “Do you Barack Hussein Obama solemnly swear…,” said, “Do you, Barak Hussein Osama…”

    From there on, it was all uphill, with Obama giving himself an oath.

    Guess you could call it the terrorists’ revenge.

  • 6cp

    The first misstep upset the whole routine. President Obama made the first mistake, which threw Roberts. So it will go down as Obama’s final mistake before assuming the office as President of the USA. He starts with a clean slate.

    The most discordant note was struck by the Africa America pastor whose racist and condescending SNL-style comedy prayer spoiled the proceedings for me. What a crass finish to such a solemn event.

  • Rory Carr

    I must say that at times I was moved to prayer myself. I kept finding myself praying that they’d give over with all those bloody prayers. I bet if God was watching He got fed up and switched over to Everybody Loves Raymond or King of Queens just to get a break and have a laugh.

    The comment of the day for me however came from Herself who, as news flashed across the bottom of the screen announcing Ted Kennedy’s collapse muttered: “Typical bloody Kennedy! He would have to try and upstage the show.”

    She is not very sensitive to my Irish Catholic sensibilities at times.

  • Dewi

    Watched the last couple of hours and truly moved. “We have overcome”

  • Greenflag

    Looks and hears like the West finally has a pragmatic leader and one with a firm grasp of not only what needs to be done but what must and can be done .

    I already sense a settling of the world humour or should that be mood ?

    Powerful inaugural speech and I hope he gets the political support to follow through .

  • any guesses on how quickly the right wing site claimed obama wasn’t a legal president because of the oath snafu? They’ve tried every other way…

  • Harry Flashman

    “any guesses on how quickly the right wing site claimed obama wasn’t a legal president because of the oath snafu?”

    As I mentioned at 6.25 this was already happening within minutes of the oath being taken although in fairness most people realise that it was Roberts who blew it.

  • Harry Flashman

    Actually what I thought was very inappropriate was the attempt by the ancient preacher to appear to be a hep cat, his prayer that;

    “…we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around – when yellow will be mellow – when the red man can get ahead, man – and when white will embrace what is right”

    was offensive on many levels not least the idea that white people need God’s help to embrace what’s right.

  • 6cp

    The prayer belongs to the 1960’s. Move on, man, everyone else has!

  • USA

    I must be getting sick as I again agree with Harry Flashman – white people voted for O’Bama in huge numbers. We don’t need some patronizing doting old fool to tell us we must “embrace what is right”. I am white and (most of the time) I know what is right. The old fool was bordering on racism and he of all people should know better.
    Typical of these religious fools to get it wrong.