Showing posts with label Obama Inauguration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Obama Inauguration. Show all posts

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Michelle and Barack

It’s that tension between familiarity and mystery that makes for something strong, because, even as you build a life of trust and comfort and mutual support, you retain some sense of surprise or wonder about the other person. Barack on Michelle

:The New Yorker, January 19, 2009 Portfolio,
A Couple in Chicago,
by Mariana Cook

found this beautiful photo on i'm just a girl wishing for the world
:viaThe Huffington Post

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tribute #4: Obama Inauguration

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."Eleanor Roosevelt

Thoughts on the Inaguration of Barack Obama......clipping from my grandmother's journal, November 1, 1940

Something to ponder when considering the task Barack Obama has been given:
"Remember Washington's greatest trials came before he was President; so it may be said that Lincoln is the only President who carried so grave a responsibility as the man now in the White house. Please bear in mind the next time you curse him for something you feel you could do better..."

We are filled with hope and wonder that our country has chosen such an amazing man to be our next President. As we approach his Inauguration take a moment to read FDR's First Inaugural Address, March 4,1933, inspiring in its relevance to the problems we face today.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tribute #3: Obama

Allen Ginsberg, "Is About" (1996)

Dylan is about the Individual against the whole creation
Beethoven is about one man's fist in the lightning clouds
The Pope is about abortion & the spirits of the dead...
Television is about people sitting in their living room looking at their things
America is about being a big Country full of Cowboys Indians Jews Negroes & Americans
Orientals Chicanos Factories skyscrapers Niagara Falls Steel Mills radios homeless Conservatives, don't forget
Russia is about Czars Stalin Poetry Secret Police Communism barefoot in the snow
But that's not really Russia it's a concept
A concept is about how to look at the earth from the moon without ever getting there. The moon is about love & Werewolves, also Poe
Poe is about looking at the moon from the sun
or else the graveyard
Everything is about something if you're a thin movie producer chain-smoking muggles
The world is about overpopulation, Imperial invasions, Biocide Genocide, Fratricidal Wars, Starvation, Holocaust, mass injury & murder, high technology
Super science, atom Nuclear Neutron Hydrogen detritus, Radiation Compassion Buddha, Alchemy
Communication is about monopoly telivision radio movie newspaper spin on Earth, i.e. planetary censorship.
Universe is about Universe.
Allen Ginsberg is about confused mind writing down newspaper headlines from Mars--
The audience is about salvation, the listeners are aBOUT SEX, Spiritual gymnastics, nostalgia for the Steam Engine & Pony Express
Hitler Stalin Roosevelt & Churchill are about arithmetic & Quadrilateral equations, above all chemistry physics & chaos theory--
Who cares what it's all about?
I do! Edgar Allen Poe cares! Shelly cares! Beethoven & Dylan care.
Do you care? What are you about
or are you a human being with 10 fingers and two eyes?

This poem was published in the October 21/28, 1996 "election" double issue of THE NEW YORKER magazine. Everything published in this issue - reviews, cartoons, etc. - pertains in some way to American electoral politics, election rhetoric, etc. Ginsberg's poem, "Is About," is no exception.

Tribute #2: Obama Inauguration

What you need to know, if you go: Take Patience and Good Shoes .

New York Times, January 15, 2009

Everything you want to know links: Newsweek
The New York Times
Video: Barack's Personal Message