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Impressions of President Obama's Inauguration

Yesterday President Obama was sworn in as the 44th president. I thought I would share with you a few of my impressions of the past 24 hours.

They said that Lyndon Johnson's inauguration had more people gathered in the mall, however the circumstances were different. Johnson succeeded Kennedy and we were in the throes of Vietnam. It was a tumultuous period of patriotism and protest.

While fewer people were gathered in Washington, I suspect that the world was watching with anxious anticipation that reach far beyond the District of Columbia. Classrooms in Indonesia, gathering places in Kenya, and bars in China were glued to the television.

President Obama was sworn in slightly past noon Eastern time, which is the official change of power. I was somewhat disappointed that the networks after dedicating dozens of hours to coverage throughout the day didn't repeat the speech in its entirety during prime time. Inauguration Day is a working day for most of America, particularly the group o…

Transcript of President Obama's speech

The following is a transcript of the speech delivered by President Barack Obama after being sworn in as 44th president of the United States:

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now…

Dear Mr. Gore... where the hell is my global warming?

For decades Al Gore has been talking about global warming.

Three years ago I bought a home in central Pennsylvania and wanted to make sure I was well-prepared for the coming climate crisis. I have a beautiful swimming pool, two decks, and large south facing windows. I was all ready for the new subtropical Pennsylvania that Mr. Gore promised!

Dear Mr. Gore... where the hell is my global warming?

I invested a tremendous amount of money in what I thought would be my winter home. I figured later I would get something in Northern Ontario so I can still see the seasons change.

At this moment it's 15° outside at two in the afternoon, and with the wind chill minus freaking 30! WTF!? (For those of you who don't know, that means "What the Fahrenheit".)

The kids had a two hour delay this morning because it's too cold. They're already calling for a delay tomorrow, because it's supposed to be COLDER.

Screw it... I'm buying a Hummer and driving to Florida!

You can save yo…