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President Obama’s Inauguration!

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I was one of the 800,000 who attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration for his second term! After missing out on the historical experience in 2009 due to law school I was so excited for the opportunity to attend this year. We were some of the lucky ones with tickets to the event. Not the great seated tickets but the “close” standing room. We headed into the district via the train at about 6:30am from Maryland for an 11:30am event mind you and were herded like cattle to the back of our section to the far left. We were essentially late. If we gotten there a little earlier I think we would have gotten the prized area right smack dab in the middle were we would have had views of figures moving across the stage and perhaps figures that were in the zoomable range. Through the barren trees we were able to see the TV monitors. The cheers and jeers of the crowd also gave us a good indication of who was entering. Beyonce, Queen B as I like to call her, received the loudest cheers after the President of course. Representative Boehner and Representative Cantor were mercilessly booed as expected. Then there was the President’s speech. Despite not being able to make him out with my naked eye, I loved that I was there to hear all of it in real time. Then being surrounded by likeminded supporters of the President made it even better.

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-Side view of the Capitol as we made our way to our ticketed area.

After Beyonce blessed us with her beautiful recorded voice we left . Going to the parade sounded good in theory but really after standing on my feet for six hours all I could think was lunch and then back home to bed. Oh and let me just tell you, I’ve never felt more like cattle in my life! Capitol police would close off gates at a moments notice to push people in another direction and like cattle you wouldn’t know where you were going until you were stuck. In fact they almost tricked us into moving into an area further back, by herding you in the direction of the closer standing room area but then cutting that side off and pushing you back 100ft. Since we played it smart, we were able to move up closer. Still not close enough to really see but closer.

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– The best view we got. I assume that portion with the Presidential seal is where the speakers stood although I couldn’t make them out.

Would I do it again? Probably not. A hilarious guy next to us said this is that thing you do once to say you did and never do it again! If I ever made the trip back to DC for another inauguration I will only partake in the the parade and a nice inaugural ball where the President is expected to make an appearance. Still seeing the first African American President being sworn in for his second term was an AMAZING experience! Still very glad I made the trip!

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-Our view through the trees, LOL and someone’s hat!

Oh and in a moment of what could of been… On Tuesday after the inauguration my family and I went on a tour of the Capitol led by a staff member from my Congressmen’s office. If you have the choice, the staff led tours see more than the standard tour from the Capitol Visitors center. Well during our exclusive tour we made our way to the door that President Obama entered the Inauguration stage from. There was a line forming for visitors to step out onto the stage and take pictures and take in all of the Inaugural exclusivity! We were SO excited. As we waited in line we thought about what angles we would take our pictures from. Who we would send the pictures to, to make them jealous of course. We were literally next in line to head out onto the stage when Capitol police told us we are sorry, we just got word that only Congressional staff are allowed out on the stage from this point on. Talk about a let down!! But I was able to get this little view from inside :(.

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We were SO CLOSE!

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Obama, Anti-Religion?

Obama Anti-Religious?

That is what Newt Gingrich wants us to believe.  During his speeches Gingrich has stated several times that President Obama is anti-religion. He then goes on to say that once in office (ha!) he will change all of the anti-religion policies of the Obama administration.  I was honestly very confused by this!  Despite rumors of President Obama being a Muslim, he is a Christian so why would he be waging a war against religion, particularly Christianity from the oval office?  Aside from being a Christian let’s also not forget the provision in American government called “separation of church and state”.  Well I decided to head over to Google and do some research on this issue.

From what I can tell it appears that Gingrich believes that a contraception regulation amounts to a war against Christianity.  A new regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services requires employers to provide contraception for their employees.   There are of course exemptions to these rules including Churches. Gingrich and others are up in arms about those who the exemption does not extend to, Catholic Hospitals and Universities.  In my mind that means they would not want a professor at Notre Dame to be able to have contraception covered under her insurance.  That is definitely not the entire Catholic Church as I was led to believe by Gingrich’s statements.

Of course the line between contraception and abortion has been blurred with Gingrich even claiming that the Obama administration is forcing Catholic churches to pay for abortions for their employees.  I wish we could make these two things very clear categories. For one I believe that giving people access to contraception lowers the numbers of abortion.  I have no stats to back this but it just makes sense to me!  If birth control is covered under a woman’s insurance, she is able to prevent a unplanned pregnancy through the insurance that she already pays for. We need to stop confusing two, it’s inflammatory and appears to be stoking the flames.

Catholics groups have argued that this rule stops their religious freedom.  I think it does something different, it allows the employees to have a choice.  If an employee follows the strict rules of Catholicism, which does not even condone the pill, then they will decide not to get a prescription through their insurance regardless.  If they are someone who does not follow this mindset but just so happen to work for a Catholic organization, I do not believe they should be prevented from making their own choice based on their own beliefs.  I guess the solution would be to hire people who adhere to your beliefs but determining this obviously creates other problems including privacy issues.

Call me crazy but I do not think this one little regulation amounts to a war on religion.  This policy seems to enable the employee’s religious freedom.  More importantly Gingrich’s claims constantly include the word “abortion” which runs contrary to the actual rule from the Department of Health and Human Services.  So I am going to label this Gingrich claim to be a complete exaggeration with a few untruths thrown in the mix as well!

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Herman Cain part 2

About a month ago I wrote a blog about all of Herman Cain’s flaws and within a months time Cain has revealed that he has many more flaws that make him unworthy of holding the office of the President.  In my mind I see Romney holding Cain out in front of him and allowing him to take all of the blows from the media, the left and the right.  This may be strategic on the part of the right, prop up Cain initially and allow their stronger candidate to make it to the general election virtually unscathed.  Knowing this I should probably just ignore all of Cain’s recent slip ups but I just cannot help myself.  Here are a few more things that just make me shake my head about Mr. Herman Cain.

 A screen shot from Herman Cain’s recent commercial.  Is this not the creepiest smile ever?

Sexual Harassment Scandal

I know many doubt the validity of many of the allegations that have been leveled against Mr. Cain but I think there is some truth to them.  Unfortunately we still have not seen the initial complaint that was filed with the National Restaurant Association so the public is left to speculate.  For me Cain’s own statements have done more damage to him then anything else.   Nothing is more telling of Cain’s view of women then his statement about Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.  During a debate Cain referred to Pelosi as “Princess Pelosi”.  The statement was misogynistic a best and it belittles the great career of a woman Politician.  It is the last thing any man facing serious allegations of sexual harassment should said regarding a respected woman leader.

His mysterious memory about the formal allegations for one raises questions.  Initially he seemed to have no idea what the media was talking about.  Later he remembered the allegations but did not remember the settlement then only a few days later he conveniently remembered the women receiving “severance pay”.   I still am not sure what Cain knows and what he does not know about the allegations from the 90s.  He’s older and I understand that memory is not as strong as we age but I would think he would take the time to refresh his memory before holding press conferences and speaking on the issues.   That is the sign of the good leader, being prepared!

In addition to providing a shady confusing timeline, Cain continues to give a blanket denial.  He claims that all of the allegations are false.  He might as well claim mistaken identity!  Cain needs to really address these issues and the best way to do this is by releasing the agreement from the National Restaurant Association.  If he continues to deflect from the issues by pointing fingers at his accusers attorneys, Rick Perry, and the liberal media, most people will begin to think he truly has something to hide.

The awkward smoking commercial…

I thought we as Americans decided that smoking is bad for you and does not need to be glamorized over a decade ago.   The movie ratings system will even bump up the rating of a movie if a character is smoking in the film.  I would wager that if the first season of Sex and the City were filmed today, Carrie Bradshaw would not be battling a nicotine addiction.  Despite the changes to our society’s view on smoking Herman Cain released a rather peculiar campaign ad where his campaign manager sings his praises and ends by taking a long puff of a cigarette.  I found myself scratching my head after seeing this commercial.  I thought to myself this man cannot be serious about his campaign for the President of the United States, nope can’t be!

His disdain for all things Foreign

It is not out of the norm for a candidate for President to be questioned about foreign affairs, in fact it is expected.  Rather than stepping up to the challenge, Herman Cain has questioned this practice and argued that a presidential candidate does not need to know these things… wait what!  I really believe Herman Cain would visit the UN and ask the leader next to him excuse me sir what is your name and where is your country located?  That would be extremely embarrassing for our country and disrespectful.  Our country is the most powerful country in the world; I believe we owe other World Citizens the respect of at least knowing their country’s name is Uzbekistan (just one “beki”).  This type of disrespect can harm our relationships with these countries.

If trampling over country’s names was not enough Cain completely tripped over himself when asked about his view on Libya.   Now when the President first decided to openly support the Libyan rebels many doubted that this would end well.   The outcome so far has been in Obama’s favor with Gaddfi being removed from power in Libya.   First I have to say this would be a question that I would attempt to deflect if I was in Cain’s position.  Obama was successful here, and who wants to highlight your potential opponents foreign policy wins.  The man already captured and killed Osama Bin Laden, I would avoid giving him to much more praise on the foreign front.  Rather than avoiding this trap Cain had to go for the dig and he failed in the process.  I won’t even repeat his ramblings here because they did not make sense.  What was clear though is that Herman Cain, a Republican candidate had no idea what went on in Libya.  That is a big problem! These are the types of decisions that he is asking the country to allow him to make but he does not even seem to be interested in them outside of the White House!   Seems like he needs to go through the same foreign policy school the McCain campaign put Palin through during the 2008  election, but for Cain’s sake hopefully he get’s better results.

Finally I have to say Herman Cain makes me more and more grateful that President Obama was the first elected African American President.  If the first to break the highest color barrier in the land was more like Herman Cain, we would be set back for decades maybe even centuries.   Herman Cain would have been like Jack Johnson the first African American heavy weight boxing champion.  It was decades before another African American would hold the title of heavy weight champ after Johnson.  Cain also proves the point that African Americans do not just vote for a black face because nothing, I mean nothing would make me cast a vote for Herman Cain!

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