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Archive for January 20th, 2009

New whitehouse.gov design

New whitehouse.gov design???

Check out the new White House site.  Just released.

Much better than the old site.

Man, what a subtle but important change we’ll get with government, I hope.  Websites that don’t suck.

Couple of notes: They need SEO help.  The pagetitles aren’t as descriptive as they could be.  i.e. the blog is just called “blog”, not White House Blog.  Oh well.

It’s not clear how to get the alerts.  the one little email box is not clear enough.

The use of YouTube as the video solution is a bit weird for me.  You’d think they’d want direct control over that asset.

The use of the giant mantel up top is a fad.  in 2 years sites like that will look dated, hopefully they will keep updating the design.  Hopefully it won’t look as dated as that 1997 screenshot above. hahahaha

CNN’s coverage here.

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If you’re looking for Obama’s Inaugration speech transcript ABC news has a decent page with it. CNN does as well.

The BENEDICTION transcript is presented below.

watch the video:

or read the transcript (I found it in the comments posted below [thanks!] and here):

Transcript courtesy Federal News Service

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far along the way, thou who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray, lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee, lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee. Shadowed beneath thy hand may we forever stand — true to thee, O God, and true to our native land.

We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we’ve shared this day. We pray now, O Lord, for your blessing upon thy servant, Barack Obama, the 44th president of these United States, his family and his administration. He has come to this high office at a low moment in the national and, indeed, the global fiscal climate. But because we know you got the whole world in your hand, we pray for not only our nation, but for the community of nations. Our faith does not shrink, though pressed by the flood of mortal ills.

For we know that, Lord, you’re able and you’re willing to work through faithful leadership to restore stability, mend our brokenness, heal our wounds and deliver us from the exploitation of the poor or the least of these and from favoritism toward the rich, the elite of these.

We thank you for the empowering of thy servant, our 44th president, to inspire our nation to believe that, yes, we can work together to achieve a more perfect union. And while we have sown the seeds of greed — the wind of greed and corruption, and even as we reap the whirlwind of social and economic disruption, we seek forgiveness and we come in a spirit of unity and solidarity to commit our support to our president by our willingness to make sacrifices, to respect your creation, to turn to each other and not on each other.

And now, Lord, in the complex arena of human relations, help us to make choices on the side of love, not hate; on the side of inclusion, not exclusion; tolerance, not intolerance.

And as we leave this mountaintop, help us to hold on to the spirit of fellowship and the oneness of our family. Let us take that power back to our homes, our workplaces, our churches, our temples, our mosques, or wherever we seek your will.

Bless President Barack, First Lady Michelle. Look over our little, angelic Sasha and Malia.

We go now to walk together, children, pledging that we won’t get weary in the difficult days ahead. We know you will not leave us alone, with your hands of power and your heart of love.

Help us then, now, Lord, to work for that day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, when tanks will be beaten into tractors, when every man and every woman shall sit under his or her own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid; when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around — (laughter) — when yellow will be mellow — (laughter) — when the red man can get ahead, man — (laughter) — and when white will embrace what is right.

Let all those who do justice and love mercy say amen.

AUDIENCE: Amen!

REV. LOWERY: Say amen —

AUDIENCE: Amen!

REV. LOWERY: — and amen.

AUDIENCE: Amen! (Cheers, applause.)

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My thoughts:

Good news!  Non believers got some representation!

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers.

There’s a particularly elegant quip on power:

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

I also thought this bit in the benediction was good:

When the tanks are beaten into tractors

Good stuff.

Now back to work.

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When the inauguration is over will the work really begin?

It is a strange thing to me that while we sink trillions of taxpayer dollars into bailouts and rail against AIG (and others) for spending frivolously, we then throw one of the biggest inaugurations ever.  Who pays for that?

What about the loss of productivity today?  at least 3 hours of corporate time for each person… what about the government work not getting done?

I’m obviously not the first to note this.  And, no, I did not agree with the expense when GWB spent a similar amount last go around.

Let’s celebrate modestly and get on with the real work.

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