Celebration of Democracy



Perhaps the most transcendent aspect of American life is the willing transfer of the most powerful office in the world from one man to his opponent. The lawful abjuration of authority by Mr. Bush will be the most noble moment of his life - as it was for Mr. Clinton, Mr. Ford, Mr. Truman, Mr. Hoover, Mr. Cleveland, Mr. Buchanan, Mssrs. Adams, and, most spectacularly, Mr. Washington.

Watch the drama and beauty live on C-SPAN.

Posted by Chops at January 20, 2009 11:03 AM
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Comment #273925

On C-span, a few weeks ago, there was a call-in show where people were voicing there opinion on who was the greatest POTUS in history. It was an interesting discussion until people started calling in to say that W was the greatest POTUS, apparently based on a religious viewpoint that he is such a good “christian”, promoting their “values”. He should probably put on crusader garb with a big red cross on it and head to Gaza. Then people started to call in to say that BHO was the greatest POTUS, to which the moderator pointed out that he wasn’t actually POTUS yet. People try to make these guys into cult figures, based on the appearance of something, promoted by somebody else, which is far from reality. Thank goodness their terms of office eventually end.

Posted by: ohrealy at January 20, 2009 2:16 PM
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I am very pleased by the gracious transition of power from President Bush to President Obama. Unlike the Clinton’s who embarrassed the nation with their crass actions upon leaving the White House, the Bush’s demonstrated a civility expected by those who have a reverence for the office.

I read an article in the NY Times a few minutes ago which congratulated Mr. Bush for his exceptional cooperation in working with Mr. Obama’s transition team in preparing the new president for the heavy duties he now has assumed.

My prayers and best wishes are extended to the new president and may God grant him the wisdom, courage, and strength to accomplish the nation’s goals of freedom and prosperity for all its citizens.

While I was not personally enthralled or encouraged much by President Obama’s inaugural speech, I hope that many millions were as perhaps he has imbued them with a new confidence in our nations ability to surmount its present difficulties.

Posted by: Jim M at January 20, 2009 2:51 PM
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Chops,
Not to get technical, but as of Noon President Bush lost his ability to hold the Highest Office in the Land and President Obama assumed the rights to the Highest Office in the Land by Constitutional Law. So why America celebrates the dawn of a new era in Government and Society, it should be fitting to show the Youth of the 60’s and Silver Spoons of the 70’s that the Children of the 21st Century does have Class.

Posted by: Henry Schlatman at January 20, 2009 4:53 PM
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Chops,
The reference to Washington is easily the most important. It was he who showed a new nation, and indeed a whole world, the importance of laying power down as gracefully as he took it up. By his example he epitomized true ‘civilian’ government.

Anyone who stands on his shoulders, criticizing him for what he could not see or did not do is a fool.

Posted by: Lee Jamison at January 20, 2009 5:06 PM
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Chops I have to agree that GWB did it right today. The sight of his airplane heading south out of DC was uplifting. What actually comes to mind about GWB when I think of his arrival back in ‘01 and his departure today is “in like a Lion out like a Lamb”.

Posted by: j2t2 at January 20, 2009 5:27 PM
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As much as it pains me, Bush’s departure actually showed some class. He aparantly went out of his way to smoothe the transfer of power.
The helicopter appeared to circle back for one last look….and the sea of people on the ground has to leave him with a very bleak memory of what he would have liked his legacy to be. Too bad he couldn’t have shown that cooperative side more often.

Posted by: janedoe at January 20, 2009 10:32 PM
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Lee (& Chops)

The reference to Washington is easily the most important. It was he who showed a new nation, and indeed a whole world, the importance of laying power down as gracefully as he took it up. By his example he epitomized true ‘civilian’ government.
It’s not too often that I agree with you here, Lee, but I’ll gladly quote you on this one. Very well said. We Americans know of the date 1776 as the birth of our nation, but March 4, 1797 was indeed the proof of our significance. We collectively owe a tremendous debt to our first President.

Posted by: Walker Willingham at January 22, 2009 11:44 AM
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“The helicopter appeared to circle back for one last look….and the sea of people on the ground has to leave him with a very bleak memory of what he would have liked his legacy to be”. Memories of Another President Leaving a long time ago By helicopter He was a crook but a Lot Better President than Bush. Bush will Go down as one of the worst ever,Right at the Bottom.

Posted by: Rodney Brown at January 27, 2009 8:27 PM
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