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2013 Presidential Inauguration

inaugI, like many Americans turned into the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. I must say that I was quite pleased with how it turned out. It was truly a historical day within this historical year. This year marks both the 150th  anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation of Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther’s King Jr.’s “I have a dream…” speech.

The President and the first family looked quite dapper  I absolutely loved Michelle’s new hairstyle, and I thought her dress fully embodied who she believes herself to be. President Barack Obama had a beautiful glow to go along with his well-fitted suit. Vice President Joe Biden also looked to be glowing, and extremely happy to be there. His wife also looked wonderful.

As the cameras scanned the crowd, I couldn’t help to feel joyed by what I witnessed. There were so many different types of people. One thing that I do believe is that the President is able to reach people from different backgrounds on a much broader level. Something that I don’t think Gov. Romney could have ever done. That is the kind of president the United States needs to have continuously, and I think this in part is why President Obama was elected in 2008, and again in 2012.

The Inauguration program was wonderful. The invocation was excellent, and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir was amazing! I was pleased when Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander referenced Alex Haley, the author of Roots, by quoting  the six words Haley lived by, “Find the Good and Praise It.” The President’s speech was great. I liked how he referenced our (American) history, while sharing his platform and what he plans to continue to do as our President. I can also appreciate that he spoke about how things need to change, but not without taking steps and people making a contribution to those changes. He also repeated “We the People”, and I think that was definitely noteworthy  In other words, I thought it was a great speech. Kelly Clarkson did an outstanding job, and Beyonce did a wonderful job, too. I actually had to listen to the poem twice. The first time I was a little lost, but after the second hearing, I can say that it was a well-written poem. It was very touching, and relatable. The benediction was great! I absolutely loved the fact that he prayed over ALL his children, and not just certain groups of people.

Overall, I’m happy that I had the opportunity watch the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. In the future, I’d recommend to those who haven’t watched one to do so. It’s a very important tradition in our country, and should be experienced whether in person or not.

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1st Presidential Debate 2012 [My Review]

Disclaimer: This post is solely derived from my opinions on last night’s debate. I am not trying to persuade anyone to vote one way or the other. Nor do I want to have  a debate with people who fail to realize that these are my opinions, and what I believe to be true.

First and foremost, I thought the debate was  just “okay”. It wasn’t what I expected, but nonetheless, I did see and hear something interesting things. I would like to start with my impression of each candidate and his delivery.

Mitt Romney: I thought Gov. Romney was prepared to debate. He came loaded with statistics. He was extremely aggressive; he spoke over everyone. More often did he look at the moderator and President Obama, and not the camera or the audience. Although he had a smug look throughout the debate, he did appear to be excited to be there.

Barack Obama: I believe President Obama was prepared to debate. He stumbled a few times, but he’s admitted before that he is not the best public speaker. Pres. Obama was very reserved in his delivery, and dealt with his interruptions with poise. When speaking, he either looked at the moderator, the audience, Gov. Romney or the camera. The President looked tense, and at times disturbed.

Here’s what I thought about the debate:

In General: I thought the use of studies and statistics was an excellent idea. Numbers will stick in people’s minds, e.g. 5 trillion and 47 million. However, for those who are keen on research and statistics, we have to ask ourselves where these stats came from and how they were compiled. It’s obvious that both President Obama and Gov. Romney will cite stats that back up their points, but what makes one study better than the other? Now, I have to say that I don’t think the moderator did a good job moderating. I don’t think he allowed a balance between to the candidates in regards to speaking. I felt as though, he allowed Gov. Romney to speak more. I’m quite interested in finding out how long Gov. Romney spoke in comparison to President Obama. What is the purpose of a moderator if he isn’t going to uphold the rules of the debate, and allow the candidates to have an equal amount of speaking time?

Mitt Romney: I thought he included a lot of statistics in his arguments, which will be helpful to him. I don’t believe that he truly answered a lot of the questions asked of him, which he diverted by making numbered points, all of which didn’t answer the posed question. For instance, he was asked what kind of health care reform he planned and there wasn’t a clear answer. The only thing that I got from that was that he was going to do a lot of the same things the controversial Obama care has imposed, e.g. allowing kids to stay on their parent’s insurance, and not denying people with pre-existing conditions. It has also become evident to me that Gov. Romney changed his platform, and just in time for the debate. He is now focusing on the middle-class, but prior to the debate his main focus was the upper-class. While he was more assertive, Gov. Romney lacked specifics. He wasn’t detailed, and I am still clueless on what his actual plan is to put the USA back on track. I think his main focus during the debate was to state everything Obama was doing wrong, rather than focus on what he was planning to do to make things better. There has been a phrase going around concerning the debate, which I think is accurate; Romney addressed Obama.

My opinion of Mitt Romney: He is out of touch with the average American. Here are a few reasons why I believe this. He stated he would cut funding to PBS. PBS has not only provided children over the years with an excellent learning tool through Sesame Street, but it’s also provided the country with other educational programming that have been an influential factor for many generations. Romney has also said that children should ask their parents to pay for them to attend college.  The majority of America do not have that luxury, including me. If my parents had to pay for all of their children to attend college, it wouldn’t be likely that they would have three graduates, and one attending college. Gov. Romney doesn’t know the struggles of middle-class or lower-class America because he has never had to experience them. He will fight for the upper-class because that is what he has been accustomed to, and that makes sense. He doesn’t believe that the taxes should be raised for the upper-class, but I also did not hear whether or not he’d be offering them tax-breaks.

Barack Obama: Obama did not focus on attacking Romney nor did he submit to all the jabs thrown at him, which would have put him on the defense. Pres. Obama remained on the offense, and reiterated his goals for America. He touched on how he wanted to hire 100,000 more teachers, which is something this country needs. I can appreciate that the President wants to strengthen our educational system with more focus on math and science. He also discussed how “Obama care” has helped Americans across the country. Social Security was specifically mentioned, as he reflected on the struggles his grandmother had to endure when trying to get aid. He insisted that Obama care will not hurt social security recipients, but instead it would make things more affordable, like prescriptions.  Pres. Obama also mentioned how his administration ended the war in Iraq, are working to end the war in Afghanistan, and the capture of Bin Laden. His focus remained on middle-class America, and improving their way of life.  

My opinion of Barack Obama: I think that Pres. Obama has taken a lot of heat and I don’t think it’s because people think he’s failing the country, but rather because of who he is. In my opinion, he’s handle all the negativity with such stride, poise and dignity. It’s easier for him to relate to a lot of Americans because of how he was brought up, in a single-parent home and not of riches and wealth. He can’t make everyone happy, but I think he is willing to compromise, and do what’s right for the country.

Reflection: Romney’s use of statistics was a good idea because a lot of people are easily persuaded by numbers, and don’t understand the actual research that goes into obtaining those numbers. I hope more people will take the time to research both candidates’ claims, and come to their own conclusions. I do believe this will be extremely difficult though because there is an immense amount of bias in the media, and research. With that said, I think you have to find a candidate that can relate more to your life and values.

I have to add this. What bothers me is that neither the Republicans nor their presidential candidate will admit to the destruction that former President Bush caused this country preceding President Obama taking office. George Bush put this country in a hole over the course of eight years, and it is expected to be fixed in four? As President Obama has said numerous times, not even eight years will fix the problems that Bush created.

The winner in my opinion: I don’t think there was a clearcut winner in this debate because what one candidate lacked the other made up for. Gov. Romney was assertive and aggressive. President Obama was not. Barack Obama detailed his plans of action, Mitt Romney did not. Each candidate had a completely different approach to this debate, and I look forward to the next.

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