Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama's Inauguration

I've been wanting to post about Obama's inauguration for my own historical record but then I read this post on Cocoa's blog (Now See Here), and thought I'd just re-post hers since she did such a good job.

"I'm not about to say much else since let's be real, there's nothing that hasn't already been said. And who wants to read more about this anyway. So rather than wax poetic using my own poignant yet insightful words, I'll share some other people's who just happen to run countries..."

First, the usual flowery-ness...

Prime Minister Gordon Brown
"The whole world is watching the inauguration of President Obama, witnessing a new chapter in both American history and the world's history. He's not only the first black American president but he sets out with the determination to solve the world's problems."

No Pressure dude.

President Nicolas Sarkozy
"We are eager for him to get to work so that with him we can change the world."

'So that we can change the world'...
Ah, France.

No further comments.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
"Obama gives us hope and his words put us on a better path for a smooth and fruitful relationship with the Spanish government. The arrival of Obama gives us an opportunity we won't pass up."

Anyone who seriously uses "fruitful" in a sentence is a friend of mine.

And now for my favourites...

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki
"We prefer to wait and see what the practical policies of the American government will be."

And now, how do you really feel?

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
"We are ready for this. Our president confirmed this in a telephone conversation with Barack Obama straight after he was elected. I think there will be additional telephone - and not only telephone - contacts between our leaders."

Russia is ready. There will be additional contact. He thinks. And not just on the phone...

President Hugo Chavez "Hopefully the arrival of a new president will mark a real change in relations between the United States and the countries of the Third World, one of respect for sovereignty and the freedom of the people. But nobody here should be under any illusions. This is the North American Empire we are talking about."

Ahaha. Fair enough Hugo. FAIR. ENOUGH.

Side note - Canada's response is conspicuously missing since Stephen Harper was too busy tryin' to keep his job. Canadian politics were "exciting" like that for the first time ever so get back to him next week. Also, word on the street is Obama's first international trip is to Canada so somebody call up England and let them know that we're still America's best friend after all. We'll stop crying ourselves to sleep on our huge pillow.

Also, where can I get one of these?


Colette said...

aah you are so nice! i'm flattered but a little embarassed because it's not THAT high quality of writing. thanks for the shout out though :)

whitney said...

blah blah blah. I'm more than a bit skeptical. Get back to me in a few years and we will see what he has done. Then maybe, just maybe I'll hop on the Obama bandwagon. MAYBE.
I could vote in the US, but I really just try hard to avoid all thing political.

The Young Ones said...

Again, you are always humorous and entertaining. I love your complication of quotes and AM on the bandwagon thank you! :-) For the first time in my life, I feel like Obama is MY president. I voted for him and here he is. I do feel that WE as a society need to work harder to help our country succeed and come out of this hard time. Change won't just come because he is president, we must all do our part. But Obama being president is one step closer to the upside! Thanks again, Tonya

Ashley said...

I have to say I LOVED this. It was refreshing to hear/see that there are other Obama fans out there. I'm excited to see what the man has to offer and what changes are made in the world. Change is coming. I can feel it. It's already started!
Once again, love your blog! Keeps me entertained!
P.S. If you don't remember me, I am a Cahoon and lived in Raymond for a while and that's where I met you. Remember? I just don't what it to look too creepy that I stalk your blog ;)

Ammo and Josh said...

Obama is my celebrity crush

Ameda said...

We have really heard a lot about Obama, now he has finally officially is the USA President, lets see what he can change that Bush government couldn't.