Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ding Dong, Bush is REALLY Gone!

Forget about Rick Warren. Forget about Gene Robinson's late addition and subtraction from Sunday's event. Forget about the lack of LGBT appointments to the cabinet. Let it go.

Just for today.

Today is a day of pure celebration. Unlike election day, when we got a kick in the stomach with Prop. 8, AZ, FL and AK, all horrific setbacks for the LGBT community, today is a day to celebrate.

We have a new President. He is taking office today.

LGBT issues have been mishandled, fucked up and poorly advised. No question.

But Bush is gone, people. Pinch yourself, it's not a dream. It's a reality. Whether or not you believe Obama is just a big screen for projection, or the next messiah, or something very human in between, he is NOT Bush.

We have a President who is going to bring troops home from Iraq. Now. A President who is ready to address Gaza, now, the economy, now. We have a majority of Democrats in the legislature.

I personally can't stop smiling.

I told my kids this morning that today was a day that the first African-American man would be sworn in as President of this country. A country that in it's very recent past turned hoses and dogs on people because of their color. A country that legally recognized slavery.

Remember, I said, where you were. People will ask you in 10 years, 20, 30... where were you that day?

Tomorrow? We go right back to holding the administrations feet to the fire. We do not wait 10 hours, 10 days or 10 months. It is a mistake we've made in the past- one not to be repeated.

But today is a day to celebrate.

Ding dong, Bush is really really gone.

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Blogger Lula de Montes said...

We are in front of the TV, tweeting simultaneously.

The munchkin is sitting with us (school's out here) and we have already told her that this is an important moment for her mother. She's more interested in her crafts table, though ;-)

10:32 AM  
Blogger Sheri said...

This was a great day! At work I huddled around a 4 inch TV with co-workers to watch the President being sworn in. Afterwards we all sang nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah...hey hey hey GOODBYE Bush!!!!

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

imagine if obama chose someone to speak that thinks christians are the same as pedophiles?!
obama had a chance to take back his choosing warren, and he didn't. obama promoted a bigit on an international stage.

7:02 PM  
Blogger kim said...

Forgetting about Warren for a second is dangerous. We should never forget that the man we elected chose a homophobic asshole to speak to the world.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

would you celebrate today if the commander in chief chose a gay pastor to speak, that believed that blacks are the same as pedophiles? the gay community is so eager to hate themselves in the name of hope.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I heard Rick Warren and he made me furious.

suck my dick, I wrote.

but today was about the end of Bush - for me.

Warren seemed a fool. his 15 minutes are over. he slunk into the background, took back all he said, and is, as far as I'm concerned, a two talkin' jerk.

he was cornered by the press. I applaud everyone's effort to call him out.

it made a difference.

and tomorrow morning? back to it.

7:48 PM  
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