Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Air & Simple Gifts

On the Inauguration

Its been a while since I've commented on politics. But, I just listened intently to President Obama's speech. We all know Obama is a gifted linguist. The speech has a lot of raging storms and gathering clouds, lots of cliche... however, I thought it was amazingly effective.

My conservative sensibilities were pleased by his acknowledgment that wealth in this country is built by the private section, the markets. I was pleased to hear him say that he would pursue and defeat our enemies. That foreign countries will be judged by the things that they build, not what they destroy.

I was emotionally moved by the idea that our hope and virtue, ala George Washington, would get us through the challeng of "our winter". That our foundational truths will help us prove to the world that America is not in decline, but rather, we will continue to be a power in the world. (Prior to this comment, I was thinking that he sounded like he was born in western Europe, not Kansas...)

The speech certainly contained theme of "ask not what the country can do for you, but what can you do for your country." He certainly did not gloss over the challenges and sacrifices that will be born in the next few years, perhaps even a generation.

The most moving part of the Inauguration for me, however, was not Obama's speech. Nor was it his fumbling during the Oath of Office. It was the piece performed by Yo Yo Ma, entitled "Air and Simple Gifts". On to important business... that is one tune worthy of download from Itunes.

Sunday, January 18, 2009