Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cynics, Skeptics and President Obama


If you're not a skeptic then you haven't been paying attention.

Being cynical depends a lot on the personality of the individual.

Personally I like cynics, they try to keep everyone on their toes.

Read Scott Creighton's Today is an historic day; Just not the reasons you think.

Scott writes;

"The criminals who officially retire today, to step through the revolving door of the Washington/corporate infusion of power and wealth, will surely slide right back into the comfortable bosom of the industries from which they came in order to reap the rewards of their illegal and immoral acts of the past 8 years with no oversight and no restrictions on how much they can garner for their years of loyal service.

In short, it’s payday for the war-criminals; the game is over, they won, and now they are “going to Disneyland” as champions of the developing corporate order of things.

That's fairly cynical but it does point out some facts. We will see an Obama administration who will do nothing about the crimes of the last eight years. Just as we have seen no justice from the crimes of administrations going back to Kennedy's last day."

Are there any lies more terrible than the ones that take us to war causing our sons, daughters and those who we don't even know to die in vain?

When are these wars going to end Mr. Obama?

I'm skeptical.

Now take a look at the Obama whitehouse.gov site. It's slick. Citizen voices included.

Here's the very first blog:

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov

Welcome to the new WhiteHouse.gov. I'm Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House and one of the people who will be contributing to the blog.

A short time ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and his new administration officially came to life. One of the first changes is the White House's new website, which will serve as a place for the President and his administration to connect with the rest of the nation and the world.

Millions of Americans have powered President Obama's journey to the White House, many taking advantage of the internet to play a role in shaping our country's future. WhiteHouse.gov is just the beginning of the new administration's efforts to expand and deepen this online engagement.

Just like your new government, WhiteHouse.gov and the rest of the Administration's online programs will put citizens first. Our initial new media efforts will center around three priorities:

Communication --
Americans are eager for information about the state of the economy, national security and a host of other issues. This site will feature timely and in-depth content meant to keep everyone up-to-date and educated. Check out the briefing room, keep tabs on the blog (RSS feed) and take a moment to sign up for e-mail updates from the President and his administration so you can be sure to know about major announcements and decisions.

Transparency -- President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history, and WhiteHouse.gov will play a major role in delivering on that promise. The President's executive orders and proclamations will be published for everyone to review, and that’s just the beginning of our efforts to provide a window for all Americans into the business of the government. You can also learn about some of the senior leadership in the new administration and about the President’s policy priorities.

Participation --
President Obama started his career as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, where he saw firsthand what people can do when they come together for a common cause. Citizen participation will be a priority for the Administration, and the internet will play an important role in that. One significant addition to WhiteHouse.gov reflects a campaign promise from the President: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it.

We'd also like to hear from you -- what sort of things would you find valuable from WhiteHouse.gov? If you have an idea, use this form to let us know. Like the transition website and the campaign's before that, this online community will continue to be a work in progress as we develop new features and content for you. So thanks in advance for your patience and for your feedback.

Later today, we’ll put up the video and the full text of President Obama’s Inaugural Address. There will also be slide shows of the Inaugural events, the Obamas’ move into the White House, and President Obama’s first days in office.

Another early post is:

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

A National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation

The key word I picked up was serve.

"Moments ago, in his first official act since taking the oath of office, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation, calling on Americans to serve one another and our common purpose on this National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation.

.........and call upon all of our citizens to serve one another and the common purpose of remaking this Nation for our new century."

I'm skeptical of how my children and grandchildren will be called upon to 'serve.'

I'm cynical about the 'change' that's going to happen.

I'm not alone.


  1. Over the years, I've been called a cynic more times than I can count.
    That term applied to me was curious, as I thought it was just some truths I was talking about, not the end of the world stuff.

    Now as an entire nation is giddy to the point of being in some kind of drug induced state over Obama and change, more cynics are popping out of the woodwork and pointing out that there will be NO change.

    Sure, there will be some cosmetic changes here and there, but for the most part, it will be on to the next war and more money for Wall Street from our back pockets.

    Change? The kind of change we'll see is the "change" you'd see while watching a snake shed its skin.

    When the "change" has taken place, there's still the original snake left, but one with a much brighter and shinier skin.

    If Hitler had the kind of MSM we have today, we'd probably all be speaking German.