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Oath of Office



Transcript of Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech

The Fierce Urgency of Now

Uncommon Hours: “The Fierce Urgency of Now”: From the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building: “So near, yet so far, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building. On the steps of the former, Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963; on the latter, Barack Obama will be sworn in as president of the United States tomorrow, almost 46 years later. And what a stunning serendipity it is that Inauguration Day falls on the day after we remember Dr. King.”

Obama And Presidential History

contributed by Charles Lemos

Over on the progressive blog TalkLeft, they posted a rather interesting interview of Senator Obama in the New Yorker magazine from November 2006. The interview is one good read, not to mention short. The link is here:

In the interview one comment by Obama did irk me (apologies to my new best friend JoAnn in advance). Obama noted:

”By the way,” just as an aside. You know, I’m not a historian, so— There’s a hotel, I think it’s the Capitol Hilton, in Washington; and downstairs, where there are a lot of banquet halls, there’s a whole row of all the presidents. You walk by the forty-three that have been there and you realize there are only about ten who you have any idea what they did.

La di da. You want the Presidency so please read up on it. While I am a historian, I do not work on the history of the United States. Granted I have taken many classes on American History and, of course, I am a citizen who reads. Senator Obama's comments just struck me as odd and he is, of course, a Senator who most certainly deals on issues that are leftovers or better put hangovers from previous Administrations. That 1872 Mining Law that you are so fond of for example. He should be aware of accomplishments and short-comings of past legislative agendas. He was also a Constitutional lawyer and professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, surely he must remember some bit that caught his mind. To not understand history and to be so dismissive of it is frankly rather disconcerting. Where is Doris Kearns Goodwin when you need her. Have her give you a quick lesson or two. Frankly hire me. I work for cheap. Ask Norm.

But this is not all Barack, all the time. I now turn to unexpected heroes at unexpected times. There are, of course, many damn good forgotten Presidents and some that we could all forget, the present incumbent comes to mind. And so I am here to defend the honor, reputation and legacy of one of my personal favorite Presidents, a forgotten one. One comment on that TalkLeft thread attacked poor Chester A. Arthur, an accidental President and one of the most unpopular within his party in his own time and yet wildly popular with the American people. Could it be he accomplished something rather remarkable to earn such ignominious treatment by his party and such unfair dismissal by posterity? To be fair he accomplished several things that set him apart from the other 42 who have held that office. There is also something else that he did that stands apart from both his all of his predecessors and some of his successors.

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