Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

     Because of a stunning lack of foresight and planning, we started our January Special Promotion at a piss poor time of the month.  As such I wasn't going to remark on the Presidential Inauguration because I did not want to break up the Special Promotion.  But the more I thought about it I realized that I needed to take the extraordinary step of breaking up the Special Promotion because, let's be honest, we won't have another Presidential Inauguration for four more year, unless something bad happens.  Let's all hope nothing bad happens.
     Now Company, you have probably noticed that I never talk about politics here at Big Dave and Company.  I have made this my policy because I have learned over the course of my life that nothing can ruin a good time or cause strife more than politics.  And that's not what we aim for.  But this is not politics.  It's beyond that.  Something is going to happen later today that I honestly never thought I would see in my lifetime.  We are about to have our first black President.  Now I am not going to get into whether I voted for Barack Obama or not, or whether or not I think he will do a good job.  But I am going to talk about how remarkable of a milestone event this is.  And I am going to talk about it because no one else seems to be.
     That's the stunning thing to me.  That no one has made a big deal out of America voting in out first African American president.  I think that fact makes more of a statement than the results of the voting do.  I think it is a truly wonderful thing that no one thinks this is a big deal.  That is a great marker of how far we have come as a society.  If you think about it, fifty years ago white police officers were still hosing down minority peaceful protesters as they marched through the cities.  Now we have elected one of those very same minorities and we aren't really even blinking an eye.  Unless I am missing something.  I know there has been some attention on the fact that this is our first African-American President, but nothing like what I would have expected.  I sort of like it.  It makes me proud to be an American.  And after the fiasco that was the last couple of elections it was sorely needed.  So, so long, President Bush.  Thank you for your service for your country.  We wish you well with whatever you go on to after this.  And welcome Barack Obama.  Best of luck as you enter into the hardest job in the world.  We wish you success in leading us onward.  Oh, and you are the first African American President.  I am sure you didn't notice either.  Which is how it should be.

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