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Monday, January 23, 2017

Sights and Sounds of Inauguration Day


  Friday January 20 was a day that many people had waited for for many reasons. For Conservatives, the day that Barack Hussein Obama would vacate the White House for good was a day eight years in the making. And not only was he off to begin the next phase of his life which was, thankfully, his post-presidency, he was turning over the keys of the People’s House to the opposition Party. Some still doubt that Donald Trump is a Republican much less a Conservative, but he has a GOP House and Senate behind him. If Conservatives are lucky, they won’t screw it up.
  People from all over the nation made the trip to Washington D.C. to witness something that rarely happens in any other part of the world, the peaceful transition of power. Oh sure, in some areas of Washington things were not so peaceful. Rioters calling themselves “protesters” set fires, threw bottles at police, and generally continued to throw their collective temper tantrum over the fact that Donald Trump was now the President.
  Things started pretty traditionally. You had dignitaries including former Presidents in attendance, military bands playing patriotic music, and of course, swearing in ceremonies. If you happen to be watching mainstream media, or Liberal cable channels, you would have thought that America had finally surrendered and we were just waiting for our new alien overlords from a distant planet to come issue every American citizen a microchip and take over life as we know it. The meltdown was as infantile as it was hilarious. Terry Moran if ABC news called the notion of “America first”, “dark”, and suggested it had overtones of 1930’s anti-Semitic slogans in Germany. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews did not even try to hide his Nazi insinuations. He called Trump’s inaugural speech “Hitlerian”. Poor Chris, no tingles up his leg this year.
  Over at the Fox News Channel, the usual suspects could not cut the new President some slack either. But they made a serious attempt to make it look like they were, sort of. Chris Wallace noted that President Trump’s inaugural address was that of an “insurgent, the leader of a revolt that has won and taken control of Washington”. Fidel Castro, but in a good way? Brit Hume described it as “not poetic but quite strong”. Kind of like telling your friend that the dress she is currently wearing does not make her butt look nearly as big as the one she just tried on.
  As the term of the nation’s first black president came to an end, poll after poll shows America’s black population very divided on whether or not Barack Obama’s presidency was good for them. The statistics certainly do not bear it out, but every president has his die hard supporters. Barack Obama’s are no exception. But it appears that so many of them supported him for no other reason than the color of his skin. It is something that seems completely contradictory to the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, whose life and legacy was celebrated by Americans inside of the same week. This came to mind later in the day as Melania Trump’s amazing Jackie Kennedy-esque blue outfit with matching gloves was discussed and an African-American co-worker called the new First Lady a “fake-a** b**ch”, then proceeded to mumble something about Michelle Obama being called a monkey, not acceptable to any rational person on either side of the aisle. But wow, this statement was not racist at all! Note sarcasm.

  This chronicles only the first day, and not even an entire day of Donald Trump’s time as President. Welcome to the next four years. This should be fun.