I think it is very appropriate that today we honor the life and accomplishments or Martin Luther King, Jr., and tomorrow they eyes of the world will watch our country inaugurate its first African-American president, Barack Obama.
One might expect an old krusty konservative hack like me to sit back and mock what President Obama has accomplished, but I’ll be doing none of that. Instead, my eyes will be fixed on the inaugural festivities as I take in this historic moment in our history. Barack Obama is no longer the Democrat nominee; he is now our American President. I sincerely hope that as our President, Obama can unite us as a people.
There is one thing that has gotten under my skin concerning the lead up festivities to Obama’s inauguration. Yesterday Bono, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce headlined an inaugural concert. In addition to the musical talent on display Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks gave speeches at the event. There is no doubt that events like these inspire hope and goodwill during this time of transition, but I wonder if John McCain would have seen such a celebration if he had been elected.
Now I know that the Hollywood types were early supporters of Obama, and I understand their excitement, and I have no problem in celebrating our peaceful transition of power. I just wish we would celebrate like this for every new president, not just the ones who Hollywood supports.