The End of an Error and Making MLK proud

GW kids on election nightDespite my pounding headache right now, I just had a moment of clarity that I want to share with you all.

The Inauguration of our 44th president is on tomorrow, and frankly I can’t remember anyone ever really caring about this ceremonial aspect of an election. Until this year.

And, wow, do they care.

D.C is “poppin’ off,” as the kids say. People have been partying all week, and will continue all week. What seems like the entire world is flocking to DC and my campus is on security lock-down, since GW is only 4 blocks from the White House. A huge, free concert with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Beyonce to Bono was held on the National Mall on yesterday to celebrate. There are legit balls, as in Cinderella balls, to honor this man. Even the Metro tickets have Obama on them. Signs, posters, and more port-o-potties than you can fathom are popping up all over the city. This is big.

It is all strangely reminiscent of the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy accidentally crushes the Wicked Witch with her house, and all the little munchkins are crazy happy. Ding, Dong, the witch is dead Bush is gone!

As much as I like partying (and Bruce Springsteen!), as much as I want to see Bush retreat to Crawford and stay there forever, this event is really about Obama. Not too long ago, only about 40 years back, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to a sea of people (down the street from my dorm building!) about a dream he had, in which his children would be judged “not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” This was a time, as we all know, when a black person was given less rights than a white person. A black person would not be allowed to eat in certain segregated restaurants, let alone become the leader of the free world. And just one hundred years before that, that same person would not have even had freedom. I know these are heavy issues, but it is so amazing that Dr. King’s prophecy has literally fulfilled itself in the same city of his famous dream’s inception.

Whether or not you voted for Obama (or own multiple Obama tees from Urban, like me), you can appreciate that this year America did something absolutely incredible. People with a belief, a cause and a whole lot of hope, rallied behind a single man and accomplished something I honestly did not think could happen.

During this Inauguration time, I encourage you to celebrate and party hard or whatever, because this is a great time to be an American, but also take this day to seriously reflect on the nation in which you live and what it is capable of. I am proud, and I think it is safe to assume Martin Luther King Junior would agree.



    1. snarktastic says:

      fuck you.

    2. Stephanie says:

      Lmao, snarktastic is STILL bitter.

      Get over it bitch!

    3. R says:

      snarktastic, that wasn't so snarky after all. what's the matter, the closer bush gets out of office the more your words fail you?

      i guess that by weds morning you'll be reduced to typing "gjkdieakdghkjdghkd"

    4. C says:

      Gdubs is the place to be this weekend for sure:)

    5. Christy says:

      I consider myself a smart,well-educated, liberal young woman. But I have to be honest, I'm getting a little miffed at the Obama-frenzy. It makes me very nervous that our society has turned him in to such a savior. More so, I can't help but wonder about the backlash that could occur should he be unable to live up to all his goals and promised change.

    6. LCallahan says:

      I mean, I think its pretty obvious that he won't live up to the expectations. He hasn't done anything for the mere 2 years he was in the senate, what makes everyone think he'll be this wonderful glorious president?

      OOOOhhhhh yeah, because he's black… thats right. sorry, I forgot!

      Thinking too much about his credentials and past political decisions instead of the color of his skin! oh silly silly me!!

    7. Jess says:

      I have to agree with LCallahan. But I guess we'll see what happens.

    8. Kay says:

      My favorite Obama quote was one he said last Sept at a rally in DC, about not being a "washington insider/washingtonion". Do we really WANT another Washington Insider? Do we WANT another Cheney, another Rove, another Bush? I don't. And most of America does not either, as we proved on Election Day.

    9. beth says:

      I'm with LCallahan on this one. Nobody could possibly live up to that kind of hype- these frenzied supporters are setting themselves up for major disappointment down the road.

      I am also sick of this being a race issue- who the eff cares whether Barack is black, white, purple…whatever! MLK is quoted as saying something like "not judging people by the color of their skin, but the content of their character…" well it works both ways. Just because he is *half* black does not mean he will be some kind of miraculous savior. Honestly, I am sick of everyone saying that since he's black, he knows how hard black people have it…when has he ever suffered for being partially black? He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and raised by his white grandmother. Ugh.

    10. snarktastic says:

      sorry, had to dumb it down for you people who drink the kool-aid.

      like, oh my god, he's pretty, the media loves him, and he tells us fun things, YAY! what's not to love?

      and kay, 52% of the popular vote is not the same as most of america. careful when you use the proverbial we.

    11. snarky hmm? says:


      Heh. Way to hit em' low..

    12. Jacks says:

      "There are legit balls, as in Cinderella balls, to honor this man."

      Umm…they have balls at every. single. inauguration.

      And I agree with Christy. I voted for Obama, and I am excited about his presidency..but let's not turn him into something he's not. He is a fairly inexperienced politician, who is taking over the reins of a country that is both at war and in the worst recession since the Great Depression. America isn't going to change overnight, and we can't expect Obama to deliver unreal results and be anything more than human.

    13. Jenn says:

      lol @ bitter white republicans beth and LCallahan

      Get over it! You lost! Your boys had 2 terms, 2 TERMS to get it right and you blew it!

      Change is here! Finally!

    14. Kay says:

      Seriously, I am with Jenn. He has said his goals will take years, many years in fact. When I argue/debate with my very conservative uncle, I use the Kool-Aid Ref too:). There may be balls at every single Inaug, but from talking to students of GW past, but no one really went to them? EVERYONE is going. I think the commercialism that has taken over my campus and made it a Turkish Bazaar of Obama goods is ridiculous/annoying and exploiting the new President. Why can't we all just stand behind him? Race IS an issue in that its a triumph of overcoming so many years of RACISM btu its not the reason he was elected. I could have cared less if he was black, and I am white…who the eff cares. Lastly, I would not say he had a silver spoon, his mother died of cancer and could not pay her hospital bills, I am pretty sure those possessing the silver spoon would have been able to. I am sorry I caused such a riot with my article expressing my, and THE MAJORITY of my campus's extreme excitement over this historic event. I have die hard republican friends who have tickets to sit front row at the swearing in, its about having an open mind. If yours is closed, I feel bad for the next 4 years of your life under our new President.

    15. Jacks says:

      Yes, it is important to stand behind Obama but it's also important to take him off his pedestal.

      Realize some things.

      He isn't going to fix the economy. The economy is going to remain in the shitter for awhile. It will eventually rebound, because the economy is cyclical. Obama can make attempts to ease the crunch it has on people, but he can't FIX it.

      Bush wasn't a great president. But he was the guy sitting in office when our country was attacked by terrorists. And maybe he didn't make the best decisions regarding what to do in the aftermath, but think of this; there were probably no GOOD decisions to make. And Bush is the only president who has been in that unique position, the president when the largest terrorist attack ever on our country happened. Hopefully we won't see that ever again. But my point is, we can't judge the choices we made because we can't know what choices would have been better. We haven't been attacked since 2001, and you have to give him that.

    16. Stephanie says:

      Bush was a horrible president.

      There is ALWAYS a GOOD decision to make btw. Always. Just saying "Oh, I'm sure YOU couldn't do a better job", doesn't mean that it's okay for the worst decisions to be made. Yes, he was in a difficult position, does not mean that his actions or lack thereof were acceptable. We're in a pointless WAR overseas, because of him, remember that. Our economy? That deficit? All Bush.

      I would really like to know how you can burn such a ridiculously large surplus and turn it into a trillion dollar++++ deficit. Unemployment is it's lowest in how many years?

      So, yes, there hasn't been a publicized and acknowledged terrorist attack since 2001–but guess what? The country is in quite a bit of a shit right now.

      As for the people complaining about the mere mentioning of Obama's race..get over it, it's history & that should mean something to you — regardless of your political views, to see how far this country has come in the last century or even just the last 50 years.

    17. Stephanie says:

      & by the way:

      I'm not attacking Bush personally..

      From what I've seen/heard/read, he's a GREAT guy–personable, friendly, funny — but the guy sucks as a president & that's pretty obvious.

    18. R says:

      I definitely agree with everyone who said that it's inevitable that Obama will fail to live up to all the expectations that everyone has built up. That said, it's very impressive that this election has gotten so many people so excited about American politics. All differences in opinion aside, I was a senior in high school when W. was sworn in (yea, i'm old) and this is the first time that I can remember anyone around me being this interested in government or politics.

      I realize that some of you might not realize how much of a big deal it is to have an African-American president. Beth felt the need to point out that Obama is "only *half* black"…it's a good thing that we no longer have to deal with the paper bag test. There are a whole lot of people of various ethnicities, including some tan Caucasians who would fail that test an be labeled as "colored". It's also fitting that the leader of the same country that used to enforce the "one-drop rule" is biracial since so many of us aren't of a single heritage.

      And yes, I'm an African American woman, and I'm especially proud of this day. Growing up, I've been acutely aware of the fact that thanks to those who came before me (MLK, Rosa Parks, the Tuskeegee Airmen, to name a few) there was nothing I couldn't accomplish. This just proves everything that my parents and grandparents taught me was true. Better yet, it's showing a whole new generation that the color of your skin isn't a limitation to what you can accomplish.

      ok…i'm off my soapbox now.

    19. Jenn says:

      No way, R, get back on that soapbox! Some folks here are just too young to realize the significance of this amazing day. Nice post.:)

    20. Jacks says:

      Stephanie, wow.

      The economy has absolutely zip to do with President. Nothing. Bush did not turn our economy to shreds. That has been happening for over 10 years, and its going to take us over 10 years to fully recover. Obama isn't going to fix the economy, because why? Oh, let's repeat it. The prseident has nothing to do with the economy, which is cyclical.

      We didn't have a surplus when Bush went into office…America has been in debt since it began.

      And, no, there isn't always a good decision to make, especially not when it comes to terrorism and war, so shut the fuck up. I don't like the war in Iraq either, but if Bush had done nothing to retaliate?? Nothing to warn the world, hey, we're America and a force to be reckoned with?

      We would have been attacked again, and again, and quite possibly some of these commentators on these walls wouldn't be alive to leave these comments. So don't blow off the fact that we haven't been attacked in 8 years-be thankful for it, and realize that even if the unemployed don't have jobs, at least they have their lives.

    21. Jenn says:


      Are you Rudy Giuliani, lol? Every other comment you make here in some way refers back to 9/11.

      I will give you that the U.S. has not been attacked in 7 years. That's great! Kudos to Bush! Remember the 1993 WTC bombing? We weren't attacked again until 2001. That's an 8 year gap. Wanna give Bill Clinton credit for keeping us safe for those 8 years? Didn't think so.

      As for the argument about not retaliating, no one, and I mean NO PATRIOTIC AMERICAN did not want Bush to retaliate after 9/11. But the thinking minority wanted us to attack CORRECTLY, you know, where the terrorists were (may still be) ACTUALLY LOCATED = Afghanistan! Pakistan!

      You see, I'm not the sharpest tool in the box, but even I knew back when it happened that Iraq had nothing to do with anything. It just takes the most basic knowledge of the Muslim world. Saddam was a very secular leader, despised just as much by radical extremists like bin Laden and his cohorts almost as much as they despise our great country! They would never work together. It just didn't make sense. I knew they'd find no WMD's there. But Bush's sheer arrogance and wrong-headedness has now cost 4,000+ young people's lives in a country that had nothing to do with anything.

      No Jacks, dissent is what keeps this beautiful, wonderful country alive and kicking. So I, or no one else who disagrees with you, will, in your words, "shut the fuck up." Never.

    22. Jacks says:

      Jenn…I wasn't aware that you had top level security clearance to CIA files and KNEW that there were no WMD's there. Hmph. Seems like all this could have been avoided if you had just written a letter to your local congressman.

      We know NOW where the terrorists are. Hindsight is 20/20. We know now that Saddamm was bluffing that he had nukes, to scare bin Laden & co, but we were going to sit back and call his bluff? You think that's any easy choice for anyone to make?

      I wouldn't say the war in Iraq was a success either, but something had to be done, and we don't know exactly what information Bush and co had at the time, and until we do, I am going to reserve judgement, be thankful that I live in a first-world, safe country where we can have these arguments without fear of repercussion and yes, thank the troops who gave up their lives so I can sit here and respond to you.

    23. snarktastic says:


      if clinton had done his job and apprehended bin laden when he had the chance, 9.11 probably wouldn't have happened. so you're right… let's give clinton a fucking medal.

      and saddam was a genocidal maniac. 50 bucks says you're one of the lib-tards who's all about saving darfur. what, only genocides in africa are acceptable to become involved with?

      it ain't all black and white, sweetheart.

    24. K - GWU says:

      eh lib-tard? isnt everyone entitled to their OWN opinion. As my boy Colin said yesterday, partisan politics will NEVER leave our country, thank God, because that is how our nation was founded. Yeah, sometimes we can make bipartisan decisions but heated debates and raging arguments make us what we are. Don't diss other people for being other things, its not tactful. I am not a fan of the people on the national mall with signs like GOD IS GOING TO JUDGE THE LIBERALS etc but whatever, the chose their path/beliefs. Be more tolerant.

    25. K - GWU says:

      I guess I am one also, because morally I am all about saving Darfur, I will stop checking my posts now I am pathetic:) have a great day folks

    26. Jenn says:

      Jacks…lol at the CIA files comment. No, I never claimed to be brilliant and insightful, and said so in my post. But you will remember, there was dissent from multiple quarters at the time regarding the Iraq decision. Most notable of which came from our new President! The weapons inspectors were yanked out before completing their jobs. Why? A political agenda for invading Iraq? Hmmm, guess history will have to sort out the official record.


      Nope, I'm a political moderate. Darfur never came up in my post. You have a vivid imagination.

      I agree regarding Clinton and bin Laden. But let us also not forget that the Bush administration ignored multiple warnings that an attack was imminent on US soil. They marginalized and dismissed a (female) FBI whistleblower. There is certainly blame to be passed all around for 9/11. My post referred to the person claiming Bush will be regarded as a great President because we haven't been attacked again since 2001. If you give credit to Bush for that, then you must also give credit to Clinton for no attacks after 1993 WTC to 2001. Bottom line, its an illogical defense of either administration.

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