PatriotPost.US Hope 'n' Change: Reform, riffraff and rubbish, oh my!
Obamamania has swept the world -- or so the Leftmedia would have us believe. Before the Anointed One uttered a word at his inauguration, The New York Times and The Washington Post were headlining polls that purported to show overwhelming support for the new president. The Times said, "Poll Finds Faith in Obama, Mixed With Patience." Even the UK's Daily Mail got into the act: "Obama can save us, says America as polls show wave of optimism sweeping the nation." The Mail must have stopped with polling at NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN offices.
One couldn't watch so much as the AFC championship football game on Sunday night without the halftime report by Katie Couric on what Barack Obama had for dinner (we couldn't hear what she really said since the TV was muted). And while the morning shows found time last Friday to discuss such things as "Obama thongs," President George W. Bush's farewell speech was almost entirely ignored. All told, Obama's inauguration received 35 times the coverage that his predecessor's did. Indeed, the media's behavior would make Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels proud.
As for new policy, considering Obama's reforms in his first three days in office, we find little reason for optimism. Among his first acts behind the Oval Office desk was a phone call to Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority. Obama soon set to work with other agenda items such as issuing an executive order to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year, as well as preventing CIA interrogators from using lawful techniques not found in the Army Field Manual, which assumes honorable combatants. Items to follow may include re-banning offshore drilling, getting Congress to allow open homosexuals to serve in the military by rescinding "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," calling for a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, and working to make the expired federal "assault weapons" ban permanent.
Meanwhile, Wall Street was not optimistic Tuesday either, dropping 300 points, or four percent, to below 8,000 -- the worst Inauguration Day drop in history.
For the inauguration itself, Washington, DC, officials reported that 1.8 million people came to the Mall and the surrounding areas for the ceremony. But how many were actually there? Washington officials claim to have gotten their 1.8 million number from The Washington Post, but the Post said that its analysis "concluded that about 1 million people were on the Mall." An Arizona State University journalism professor tallied only 800,000 using satellite images.
What we do know is that the word "historic" was used approximately 1.8 million times during inauguration coverage, particularly in The New York Times. Oddly enough, the Times' own style manual says, "Use [the word historic] with caution for a current event, because history's verdict is rarely predictable by journalists, and the word suggests hyperbole." Perhaps someone should have looked that one up beforehand.
However many Obamaphiles showed up, there was certainly enough trash to go around. Estimates are that visitors left 130 tons of garbage -- and that was just on the Capitol steps! Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh dubbed it "Hurricane Latrina."
This week's 'Alpha Jackass' awards
"Obama used the moment to affirm his belief that 'the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself.' Good words, but what made [Tuesday] so astounding was that the words ... were made flesh." --Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson
"I just want to say one thing. Eh, having been in the South in the sixties and Los Angeles and Watts and northern urban areas, umm, uh, when we were evolving as a country. I'm thinking of all the bigots and the rednecks and all the people that I met along the way, and I'm saying to them, 'Take this.'" --NBC's Tom Brokaw on the inauguration
This week's 'Braying Jenny' award
"It felt like a 10-pound anvil was lifted off my head." --House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on one of her favorite moments from Inauguration Day -- when Marine One lifted off the Capitol grounds carrying former President George W. Bush to Texas
Now there's a 50-pound anvil on the heads of all Americans.