A Glorious Day!
For most of US anyway.
Maybe not for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, minority leader of the U.S. Senate, who said back in 2010 that his top goal wasn't to put people back to work or make sure everyone had health care or that no child in the U.S. went to bed hungry.
No, he said, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
Today epitomized the complete failure of his drive to put GOP power before the good of the American people. And that's a good thing!
You can read President Obama's uplifting address here:
He covered so many important things, including most what purity progressive whine he won't talk about, like global climate change. And there's so much to love in the following passage and so much for the angry old white guys on the right to hate:
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths –- that all of us are created equal –- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth. (Applause.)
It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law –- (applause) -- for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity -- (applause) -- until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.
Republicans are already complaining that he wasn't all bipartisan-y enough, which in their minds means "doing things 100% our way." If the President learned anything in his first term, I hope he learned that there's no "compromising" with that.
Dagger-eyed vampire congressman Eric Can'tor (R-Virginia) didn't appear to be having a good time today either.
Some people thought he was "grimacing" because he didn't like the inaugural poem by Richard Blanco, which was being recited when he was caught making this face. But since Can'tor pretty much always looks this dour and nasty, it's really hard to tell.