Sara Whitman

Ding Dong! Bush is really gone!

Filed By Sara Whitman | January 20, 2009 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, inauguration, inauguration ceremony, Obama Inauguration

Forget about Rick Warren. Forget about Gene Robinson's late addition and subtraction from Sunday's event. Forget about the lack of LGBT appointments to the cabinet. Let it go.

Just for today.

Today is a day of pure celebration. Unlike election day, when we got a kick in the stomach with Prop. 8, AZ, FL and AK, all horrific setbacks for the LGBT community, today is a day to celebrate.

We have a new President. He took office today.

LGBT issues have been mishandled, fucked up and poorly advised. No question.

But Bush is gone, people. Pinch yourself, it's not a dream. It's a reality. Whether or not you believe Obama is just a big screen for projection, or the next messiah, or something very human in between, he is not Bush.

We have a President who is going to bring troops home from Iraq. Now. A President who is ready to address Gaza, now, the economy, now. We have a majority of Democrats in the legislature.

I personally can't stop smiling.

I told my kids this morning that today was a day that the first African-American man would be sworn in as President of this country. A country that in it's very recent past turned hoses and dogs on people because of their color. A country that legally recognized slavery.

Remember, I said, where you were. People will ask you in 10 years, 20, 30... where were you that day?

Tomorrow? We go right back to holding the administrations feet to the fire. We do not wait 10 hours, 10 days or 10 months. It is a mistake we've made in the past- one not to be repeated.

But today is a day to celebrate.

Ding dong, Bush is really really gone.


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The one thing that I really disliked about the whole thing was all the references to Kennedy and Lincoln, two presidents who were assasinated.

You know there is some cracker out there just awaiting his chance.

Hell, there are probably several thousand by now.

probably. we all held our breath here. it was a little scary having him out in the open but...

he is president now!!!!!!

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | January 20, 2009 3:00 PM

Being able to finally say "President Obama," is absolutely fantastic!

I have high hopes for we are going to be able to accomplish over the next 4 years. It is going to take a lot of work, but the results will be worth it.

I keep finding myself holding my breath. It's almost as if I'm afraid I'll wake up and none of it will be real.

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | January 20, 2009 4:51 PM

There were some anxious moments when FORMER (isn't that a wonderful word?) Vice President Dick Cheney injured his back, apparently trying to take some boxes full of files to the shredder after civil servants refused. Cheney, continuing to insist that the Constitution made his office neither part of the Executive nor the Legislative Branches, pulled out a document drawn up by his lawyers that also said his term really wouldn't expire at noon after all, but would continue indefinitely because, in his words "we will still be in a struggle to the death with our mortal enemies, and somebody has to stick around besides Justices Roberts, Scalia, Alito, and Thomas." Then he grabbed a wheelchair and became even more defiant through the Inaugural Ceremonies.

Cut to the runway at Andrews Air Force Base, where what had been the Presidential Plane was seen taking off with an occupied wheel chair tethered on a long rope off the end. Undoubtedly some kind of enhanced interrogation technique on the trip to Midland.

Film at Eleven.

Yeah, it's nice!

Also to have a First Lady who doesn't seem to be filled with enough quiet angst to fill several Bronte novels....

Marla R. Stevens Marla R. Stevens | January 20, 2009 7:08 PM

Not to mention having one not drugged to within an inch of her life (they don't call her Crazy Eyes for nothin'!)

I love how alive Michelle Obama is. Fabulous.

I thought I saw something trailing the plane... my son jake kept saying, why are they still following that plane?

I said to be sure he's really gone.

Melanie Davis | January 21, 2009 2:27 AM

Hold your ding-dong...


...the Witch isn't dead yet. I am really hopeful for the first time in I can't remember how long but I will be ecstatic when Bush Co. faces the firing squad for their war crimes. Sorry for the bummer mood, eight years of bad Bush and Dick left a bad taste in my mouth that will take more than a little Scope to wash out. But listening to "Hey, hey, hey, goodbye!" sung to Bush as the helicopter departed made me cry a little with happiness and anticipation.

Hear hear! Yesterday was truly a day worthy of celebration.

And now...back to work! ;-)