Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns waxed sentimental (is there a word for pre-emptive nostalgia?) with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC last night about the historical and sociological significance of the nascent Obama presidency. (Included is a cut-away at the end to his appearance at the Neighborhood Ball and the first dance with his wife to the Etta James song “At Last” …)
Okay, enough Obama inauguration stuff already. I certainly wouldn’t want to be accused of being an apologist, a “worshipper” or anything like that, which according to the envious, grousing right-wing hate-puppets known as “The Blogging Tories,” anyone expressing the remotest sense of sincere hope or genuine goodwill towards the new administration must certainly be.
While the media coverage may have grown tiresome in its ubiquity and fulsome praise of the new president and yesterday’s festivities, I have to admit that it was difficult not to be moved by the spectacle of approximately 2 million people on the Mall yesterday, not to mention the general sense of optimism and excitement that the celebration inspired. Unfortunately however, the same feeling isn’t shared by implacable ideological foes (BTs and other heartless whackaloons) who seem more inclined to echo the sentiments of Rush Limbaugh in desperately wanting him to fail. How awfully pathetic.