The Obama Nation
Vol: 88 Issue: 20 Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The programmers at Home Box Office are seldom accused of moral sensitivity in their programming, but evidently, broadcasting the invocation from an openly gay bishop as part of the Obamanation celebration was too much even for them.
Josh Earnest, Presidential Inauguration Committee communications director, sent out an emailed apology to gays and whoever else might have been offended at not having the chance to hear “Rev” Robinson trash Scripture:
We had always intended and planned for Rt. Rev. Robinson s invocation to be included in the televised portion of yesterday s program. We regret the error in executing this plan but are gratified that hundreds of thousands of people who gathered on the mall heard his eloquent prayer for our nation that was a fitting start to our event.”
I anticipate this being the first of many, many apologies to come. When you are all things to all people, you are bound to disappoint many. About the only groups one can be relatively certain won’t be disappointed will be illegal aliens, Islamic militants, welfare recipients, and Bush-hating liberals.
In keeping with the theme of America’s transition into an Obamanation, Obama pal Oprah Winfrey featured two gay ‘ministers’ proclaiming that being gay is a gift from God.
Not to be outdone, Obama buddy Spike Lee told MSNBC that the market crash was ordained by God to get Barack Obama elected.
A liberal school teacher from the Left Coast published an op-ed piece in the Seattle Post Intelligencer calling for censorship now that America is an Obamanation.
“The time has arrived to update the literature we use in high school classrooms,” writes John Foley about Mark Twain’s classic novel, Huckleberry Finn. “Barack Obama is president-elect of the United States, and novels that use the ‘N-word’ repeatedly need to go.”
Maybe we could inaugurate the Obamanation by having a big book-burning party? We can burn books like Huckleberry Finn and replace them with books like ‘Heather has Two Mommies’.
The Obamanation will be consecrated, not just by a gay bishop, but also by the president of the Islamic Society of North America.
Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, is one of several religious leaders scheduled to speak at the inaugural prayer service Wednesday at Washington’s National Cathedral.
The Islamic Society of North America has ties to Islamic terror groups like the Holy Land Foundation and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Last July, federal prosecutors in Dallas filed court documents saying they had “a wide array of testimonial and documentary evidence expressly linking” the Islamic society to Hamas, which the U.S. classifies as a terrorist organization, as well as other radical groups.
During the Bush administration, that was not such a good thing. But in an Obamanation, those kinds of connections can get you a speaking role in a presidential religious service.
There were more than ten thousand articles in today’s Google news aggregator about the inauguration of The One. The whole world is watching the new American Obamanation.
The LA Times headlined “Tens of Thousands Head To Washington Mall To Witness History.”
The Beeb’s headline reads; “Crowds Await Historic Obama Oath”. The Hurriyet’s (Turkey) headline reads: “World Ready to Mark Inauguration of Obama as First Black US President”
The French AFP’s headline announced “Joy and Poignancy in Washington for Obama’s Big Day.” ABCNews headlined its story, “Worldwide Audience Reflects On Historic Day”. The AP: “Obama to Step Into History as First Black President” — UPI: Eyes of Nation, World on Obama.
And finally, (before I gag), the Dallas Morning News’ editorial headline: “Barack Obama, To the Mountaintop”.
Frank and I were chatting about the whole thing this morning. Frank mentioned two things I thought worth sharing. The first is that the winning numbers for the Illinois State Lottery on November 6th following Obama’s election were 6-6-6. I thought that was kind of interesting.
The second comment came as we were discussing the fawning world-wide media coverage. Frank said, “If that isn’t worship, I don’t know what is.” Can’t argue with him there, either.
Welcome to the Obamanation.