Posts Tagged ‘president’

Inauguration

January 27th, 2009

A very interesting article in the BBC on Monday January 19th.  It is about the process of moving an old president out and moving a new president into the White House.

Until his retirement last year, Gary J Walters was Chief Usher at the White House – involved in six presidential moves and in overall charge of four of them. Here he describes the process.

Liberty

January 26th, 2009

An interesting quote I read today from Gregg Easterbrook:

In national news, Tuesday is the inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th president of the United States. We’ve been so wrapped up in various forms of financial panic, real or imagined, that some may have lost sight of what a great day this is for America. Regardless of whether Obama ultimately proves to be an outstanding president or an average chief executive or a dud, only in America could this happen. A country whose eternal shame is that it once held slaves elects a black man as its leader, and a black man who came from nothing, entirely self-made. Obama is so appealing because he is the embodiment of the American story — and that story is still in the early chapters. Today every American, even those who exercised their right to oppose Obama, should beam with pride. Until now I felt proudest to be an American on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong put his foot on the moon. I thought then, “No other nation can accomplish such a thing, no other nation can dream so big.” Today I feel prouder, because Obama represents a much grander and more important dream. Today America proves to the world that we meant what we said about freedom and equality.

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