Monday, January 19, 2009

Too Much? 

The number of symbols, images and references that Barack Obama is using in and during his inauguration are worrisome. One can increase an audience's expectations to the point where it is all downhill after taking the office.

I found the train from Philadelphia to Washington DC disturbing. If he was recreating Lincoln's trip, then he should have sneaked into Washington DC with the windows curtained in the dead of night rather than giving a speech at each stop to adoring crowds. Lincoln's protectors feared he would be harmed before he even arrived in DC.

This inauguration is an occasion to celebrate the first African-American to serve as President, but it is important to remember that he hasn't done anything yet. His reputation will come with action and not symbols.


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