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  • Live blogging Obama’s inauguration

    by Sunny
    20th January, 2009 at 4:10 pm    

    I’m in central London right now at an event, with fellow Pickler Leon and will try and live-blog the inauguration.

    We start with a speech by Trevor Phillips, who is paying homage to Obama only weeks after he slammed Obama in Prospect magazine! Anyway, it’s a day of celebration so I won’t get too bitchy. Harriet Harman was on a bit earlier and was short and sweet.
    I have my Obama t-shirt on, woohoo!

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    1. platinum786 — on 20th January, 2009 at 4:30 pm  

      A T shirt…. that is so sad.

      The only people allowed to wear T shirts to endorse anything are fit young buxom blondes, and the T shirt has to be white and there must be a lot of water around.

      As for Obama, good luck to him, hope he lives up to his own hype.

    2. Imran Khan — on 20th January, 2009 at 5:39 pm  

      As the world’s attention is turned into the inaugiration this story broke:

      Government gives £1m to ‘anti-extremist’ think-tank Quilliam Foundation


      One million pounds to a think tank that has limited support and one editor here claimed they were independant and not supported by the government.

      Ed and Majid have landed on his feet. One million pounds for hot air and no community support.

    3. Steve M — on 20th January, 2009 at 5:41 pm  

      Great speech by Obama.

      “A time when brown can stick around”

      Please tell me that guy (not Obama) didn’t mean Gordon Brown.

    4. sonia — on 20th January, 2009 at 5:43 pm  

      what event is this? i saw the recipe for his inaugural lunch - horrid! seafood stew!

      ooh look, platinum786 likes fit buxom blondes?? Haram aleike..didn’t you know they’re all Jewish Zionists? and been bombing palestinian babies since they were kids or sth.

    5. A Councillor Writes — on 20th January, 2009 at 7:13 pm  

      Watched it in the Council House with a lot of local worthies. A good speech and I welled up with tears a little bit.

    6. comrade — on 20th January, 2009 at 8:03 pm  

      Good speech, about freedom, liberty equal rights and
      democracy. But,the script writer forgot to include the long suffering of the Palestine people, the recent slaughter of women and childrem and peace in the Middle East. I hope he proves me wrong.

    7. Sunny — on 20th January, 2009 at 8:25 pm  

      great speech! i couldn’t even be asked to carry on the live blogging… damn connection on my iphone was a bit crap…! hehe

    8. fug — on 20th January, 2009 at 9:19 pm  

      I was waiting for the bit where he went la illaha ilAllah, but all I got was this “we’re on the same page/interests” lark.

      Did you hear how he framed the environment/energy issue?
      Our use of energy 1)strengthens our adverseries and 2) harms our environment. he used the same format when he started of with his two crises, networked terror and the economy.


      loved the signing papers bit when he went ‘im a lefty, you’ll have to get used to it’.

    9. Leon — on 20th January, 2009 at 11:15 pm  

      Haha I bloody knew you’d attempt a live blog, tried to log onto to comment (while you were fiddling away with your iPhone) but the reception in that room was a little crap…

    10. Ravi Naik — on 20th January, 2009 at 11:34 pm  

      They have changed the website of the White House. One notable change is the inclusion of “Ethics” in the Agenda. :)

    11. Leon — on 21st January, 2009 at 12:21 am  

      Ethics? Wonder if that’s a word that will come back to haunt them (think Robin Cook)…?

    12. Cyburn — on 21st January, 2009 at 12:29 am  


      Obamaize yourself

    13. dave bones — on 21st January, 2009 at 3:45 am  

      I boycotted the inauguration because of the expense of the thing. Obama was gutted but I had to be firm. For the life of me I don’t get why he didn’t just say, hang on a sec Hamas and Israel, I am in on the 22nd. Can we talk about this? One sentence and it is up to them if they carry on bombing.

      anyway, yes we can and all that.

    14. platinum786 — on 21st January, 2009 at 8:22 am  

      Get a life, stop E-stalking me.

      I know what you want, and you ain’t getting it…. lol

    15. E FM — on 21st January, 2009 at 10:34 am  

      With the current Obama Administration, whether we like it or not, people expect immediate changes. People expect noticeable changes. People want to see the economy soar. People want foreign issues resolved. What they don’t get is that Obama will just be the beacon of change, the leader, the guiding light. America needs to work together to bring the country back to its former glory. A change in the administration does not entail problems get any easier.

      To quote the President, “And this WE CAN do. And this WE WILL do.” The administration promises that the dreams and hope to do the impossible can be done if Americans come together and act on the catchphrase, “YES WE CAN”.

      For more, visit http://efm.lk/

    16. Jai — on 21st January, 2009 at 2:02 pm  

      I’m surprised there haven’t been more responses on this thread (and I’m assuming that a proper article on the inauguration by Sunny & Co is in the pipeline ?). It might be a good idea for someone to link to a suitable Youtube clip of Obama’s swearing-in and his subsequent speech on the top-right of the page in the usual way too.


      Anyway, I thought Obama’s speech was brilliant. A bit different to what was expected — his speech at the pre-inauguration concert had more of the predicted “soaring rhetoric” — but it was pretty exhaustive and quite hard-hitting. He pointedly socked it to Dubya’s regime and AQ too. Obama is a tougher cookie than many people think.

      It raised a smile to see our American desi cousin Kal Penn (whose real name is the very Gujju “Kalpen Modi”) give a great reading at the concert on Sunday too. He spoke really well, very commandingly.

      Hopefully Obama will meet (and maybe even surpass) everyone’s expectations. We’ll see. In the meantime, all I can say is “Welcome back, America” :)

    17. Jai — on 21st January, 2009 at 2:44 pm  

      It might be a good idea for someone to link to a suitable Youtube clip of Obama’s swearing-in and his subsequent speech on the top-right of the page in the usual way too.

      Actually, having just browsed through Obama’s new revamped White House website, it might be a better idea to get the clip straight from the source when they put it up, as follows (from http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/change_has_come_to_whitehouse-gov/ ):

      Later today, we’ll put up the video and the full text of President Obama’s Inaugural Address.

      As far as I know it’s not up yet, but hopefully one of you guys can keep tabs on that ;)

      He’s already issued his first ‘proclamation’ on his website too (from http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/a_national_day_of_renewal_and_reconciliation/ ):


      - - - - - - -



      As I take the sacred oath of the highest office in the land, I am humbled by the responsibility placed upon my shoulders, renewed by the courage and decency of the American people, and fortified by my faith in an awesome God.

      We are in the midst of a season of trial. Our Nation is being tested, and our people know great uncertainty. Yet the story of America is one of renewal in the face of adversity, reconciliation in a time of discord, and we know that there is a purpose for everything under heaven.

      On this Inauguration Day, we are reminded that we are heirs to over two centuries of American democracy, and that this legacy is not simply a birthright — it is a glorious burden. Now it falls to us to come together as a people to carry it forward once more.

      So in the words of President Abraham Lincoln, let us remember that: “The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2009, a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation, and call upon all of our citizens to serve one another and the common purpose of remaking this Nation for our new century.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

    18. The Dude — on 21st January, 2009 at 3:41 pm  

      Hello Everybody and welcome to a new world order where being cool, black and intelligent isn’t a oxymoron.

      Yesterday, I spent the day at the “Bernie Grant” Arts Centre in Tottenham, taking a few snaps with my Canon G7 compact camera of the back a yard massive getting it together with the great and the good. It was all very nice and very upbeat, with everybody just mixing and blending as if it was going out of fashion. By the time Barrack Obama stood up to take the oath of office, the auditorium (where it was being shown on a very large screen) was full to overflowing, with standing room only. I decided to watch the whole thing on a nice 21″ FST, along with about 70 other people on the balcony. I have to say that I’m with Jai on this one. Obama’s speech was workman like and to the point. A lean, mean fighting machine of a speech if you like, which got the job done. I walked and cried all the way home. BTW, did I mention the false fire alarm….

      Shame that the muppets from the BBC were too straight laced to get with the programme. I am now convinced more than ever that the BBC is no place for a person of colour with integrity to work in or for. If you’ve got no problem selling yourself short or your community out, then the BBC is in fact the place for you. Gregg Dyke, all is forgiven, come back NOW!

      I wish I could post a picture! Any advice, Sunny? It’s just a small jpeg.

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