Someone from FOX News reported that one hundred years prior to Obama’s inauguration, in his own inauguration speech, President Taft asserted that “Negroes are now Americans”:
The negroes are now Americans. Their ancestors came here years ago against their will, and this is their only country and their only flag. They have shown themselves anxious to live for it and to die for it. Encountering the race feeling against them, subjected at times to cruel injustice growing out of it, they may well have our profound sympathy and aid in the struggle they are making. We are charged with the sacred duty of making their path as smooth and easy as we can. Any recognition of their distinguished men, any appointment to office from among their number, is properly taken as an encouragement and an appreciation of their progress, and this just policy should be pursued when suitable occasion offers.
What did we get, one hundred years later, at the inauguration of the nation’s first Black President?
We get a racial smear in Reverend Joseph Lowery’s inaugural “prayer”:
“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 in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right.“
For those who care to watch Obama’s reaction to the racial smear (he smiled), you can see it about 30 seconds into this video.
More evidence of President Obama’s ideas of how to achieve unity can be found in his speech:
“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.”
If you voted for someone OTHER than President Obama, I guess that means that you voted for fear, conflict and discord.
“On this day, we come to proclaim an end to…worn out dogmas…”
My dogma is both worn out and ended?
“What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.”
…and I am a cynic making stale political arguments?
Doesn’t President Obama just make you feel all unified?