Posts tagged ‘obama’

February 13, 2010

President Obama Says Happy Lunar New Year

This is pretty cool.

For the record, I don’t literally believe in any type of zodiac or in using a lunar calendar. It’s a cultural thing. It’s sort of the same way many non-religious friends of mine still celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and other December holidays.

I’ve noticed that Obama has made a conscious effort to reach out to minority groups and I think that’s pretty cool. I could be wrong, but I don’t remember any other President going out of his way to wish us Happy Lunar New Year. I also give him credit for saying lunar and not Chinese.

November 16, 2009

Social Networking Czar

A lot of people are freaking out at the “news” that Obama doesn’t write his own tweets. Did everyone really think he did? And you know what, I want to be Obama’s social networking czar. I’d be good at it, too! lol.

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January 20, 2009

FORMER President Bush.

To hear reporters say "Former President Bush" helps it sink in. It feels so good that he’s gone, gone, gone. He’s going to be in Texas and many miles away from me. Just him being less than an hour away from me when he was in D.C. was blehh.

To Bush: Annnnnd STAY out!

Great speech, Obama!

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January 20, 2009

Inauguration today

I can’t wait to see Obama get sworn in. The last time I was excited about watching a Presidential inauguration was 1993.

Supposedly, all hotels/motels in a 100 mile radius from the Capitol are booked. I live in Baltimore, which is close to D.C., and the rooms in this town are filled.

I imagine this is the excitement and hope people felt when John F Kennedy was President. Obama spoke in Baltimore on Saturday, and thousands of people came out on a cold, cold day to see him. Several exits of I-83 were closed, along with many other roads. I feel like this is how it should be when the President or President-elect comes to town. We should all be excited. The inauguration should be a huge deal.

I know there may be some people saying and wishing some nasty things upon him, but for the most part people are optimistic, from what I can tell. I am really proud of this country for choosing who I think will be a great President. I know this sounds corny, but I keep thinking about a lyric Tupac Shakur said in "Changes" – "We ain’t ready to see a black President". If Tupac was still alive today, he would have seen this happen. I know, it’s a random thing for me to think. But the thing is, most of the people who voted for Obama didn’t vote for him because they just wanted a black President in office. They wanted a great President in office and he just happened to be black – just like one candidate may have blue eyes and the other brown.

This inauguration today isn’t just historic because he’s African-American, although it is undeniable the importance of that fact. The underdog won. The one who actually seems to be making good on his word. Someone with amazing eloquence. A politician who has been putting partisan issues aside and appointing those he thinks will do the job right. Someone who understands and acts upon the importance of science and technology. And this shows that a grassroots movement can work.

Months ago, when I had decided to vote for him, I thought to myself that he probably wouldn’t be as amazing as everyone projected he would be if elected. I figured he probably is just another politician but that he was the best choice out of the two. But I feel like he really will be a great President. He’s already been taking lots of steps as the President-elect that have impressed me. I really hope that I am right. I have been watching some of his podcasts and I think it’s great how much he wants us to be informed about what he’s doing. I don’t think anyone is making him do this. I read the letter he wrote to his daughters about why he’s taking his family on this journey, and it really touched me. I rarely ever feel like that.

I know that Rush Limbaugh outright said he hopes Obama fails. I think that’s absolutely absurd. If McCain had won, I wouldn’t hope he failed. I would want him to still make the best decisions. It’s not about this side vs. that side at this point. It’s about America not failing. If you hope that Obama does a bad job, then you are hoping that America fails.

I just hope people will realize that we have a lot of huge messes to get through. We didn’t get into this overnight and it’s not going to be fixed overnight. We might not see dramatic changes in the first year or even in the first term. But I do believe that Obama is really focused and determined to get as much done as he can.

I am listening to the inauguration video on Facebook/CNN while working from home.

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November 6, 2008

My thoughts on the 2008 election

I am proud to be an American. I am proud of this country. I think we made the right choice for President.

Election day Tuesday and the day after were days you could feel such excitement in the air. I went to the polls before work since I had school after work and thought that would be the only chance I had to do it. I couldn’t find a close parking spot. I waited in line for a while. It was crowded. And you know what, THAT’S HOW IT SHOULD BE! I was glad! It felt great to not be the only young person there. It felt awesome the vibe that I felt from others. You would think with so many people in a small area that problems would arise, but people were respectful. It was an exciting time. I remember when I first voted in the 2000 elections (that was the first election I could vote), I barely waited. There was hardly anyone there. The person there who was closest to me in age was about 35 years older than me. In 2004, it was definitely more crowded than the previous presidential election, but this year I think there were even more people there. And again, more young people were there. People younger than me were there.

One thing I keep hearing is that no matter who or how you were voting, people were respectful at the polling places. I’m really glad to hear that. I really wouldn’t know firsthand because my voting area is overwhelmingly Democrat. (And those who aren’t Democrat are Green, independent, Libertarian, etc. I think there are more of the independent and "third" party voters than Republicans in my area). For a couple mile radius around where I live, you see Obama signs everywhere. I have not seen one McCain sign. In front of the elementary school where I voted, there were nothing but Obama Biden signs and Vote No on Question 2 signs. (FYI, I voted yes on Question 2 and most of Maryland also voted yes, allowing slots in the state). I didn’t see as many people standing out front with literature or stickers as before. Then again, I think I went earlier than previous years. When I walked in, I only saw one man. We talked briefly and he handed me some literature. I realized he was Maryland Delegate Stephen W. Lafferty. He also gave me an Obama/Biden sticker. I did see two more ladies who were together standing in front as I was leaving but that’s it.

When I arrived to work, there was excitement in the air. Almost everyone had either voted or they went after work. "I voted" stickers were seen on a bunch of employees. I walked around smiling all day. i felt this connection to the people I work with, even those I barely know.

When I went to school, several students either arrived late or were absent. My teacher, who is otherwise not lenient, said he expected this and he ended class short so that those who didn’t vote yet would have a chance. I thought that was cool.

When I went home, I immediately went online and turned on the television. I had to know what was happening. Obama was ahead. Obama was way ahead. I had hope that Obama would win, but I was afraid of voter fraud and all that. And I thought we wouldn’t know for days. I thought that whoever won would only do so by a few electoral votes. But not only did Obama win, he won by a lot. The media knew he won before they called it. They announced it at 11:01 PM EST, which was 8:01 PST and the polls on the west coast were closed. They didn’t want to announce it while polls there were still open.

I was so excited! I couldn’t believe we already had an answer. I wanted to run around yelling in joy. In 2000, when the Ravens won the Superbowl, the people of Baltimore went outside and ran in the streets, partying and celebrating the victory. I wanted to do the same thing on Tuesday night for Obama.

Every few seconds, I would refresh my screen on the homepage of MySpace. The status messages were pouring in with people being so happy about Obama winning. There were only a very few who posted status updates that were upset that he won. Most were glad (in my friends list anyway). I loved seeing people’s enthusiasm. Even the people who were upset, it was good to see them even caring enough to post about it.

I even liked McCain’s concession speech. You know, I think McCain would have been a better President than Bush if McCain had won the nomination and then the presidency back in 2000. I’m not saying I know for sure whether or not he would have been a great president, but I think he would have been better than Bush.

Wednesday morning at work, you could feel how the company was in a great mood. Most people did not reveal who they were voting for. A lot of people would talk about voting but not say anything about what their views were. They wanted to stay professional. Well, that pretty much went out the window when everyone was like "I’m so glad Obama won!" 

So I’m happy about who won the Presidency. I’m happy about how some of the local Maryland issues turned out. I am bummed about how several states voted to disallow gay marriages. I thought Prop 8 in California would have been voted No (no means you’re not in support of banning it), but most people voted Yes. It makes some feel that if California couldn’t get the proposition defeated, what state really has a chance in the future? But I have hope that someday gays will be able to get married or at least civil unions with the same rights throughout the United States and that we will look back at the time when it wasn’t legal as one of our crazy, close-minded mistakes.

March 17, 2008

Crazy Obama hating “pastor”

You may have seen this video or heard about it. Like other crazy leaders past and present, he may seem logical or intelligent in the way he fanatically explains his irrational hate. He brings up one or two minor, somewhat valid points but runs with them to the extent that he is not only wrong but you wonder what his point is and why he’s saying these things.

What bothers me isn’t the fact that he dislikes Obama. If he brought up valid points about his character or record as a politician, then he would be opening up an intelligent debate. But all he can say is that the man was born trash to a “trashy, white mama”. How can he have all those people attending his church? And what if there are members of the congregation who are part white? What do they think of this? Then again, he goes off on black people, too. He says that he is their last hope and that if they don’t listen to him they will be using “pigeon droppings to make gravy”. And he refers to African-Americans as “you” toward the end instead of “we”. “The future of you African and African-American people is in my mouth; it’s not in your hand, it’s in my mouth”. “After me, they’ll be no hope”. What the hell? He is very offensive and egotistical.

There are other points I could bring up, but just watch.

There’s another video where he says Obama shouldn’t be trusted since he has never been to jail. Seems like the pastor is trying to justify why he was locked up for burglary charges.

Oh, and one more thing: What does this have to do with God or Christianity?