What was missing in the Inaugural Address?

January 20, 2009

These are the lines I found interesting from the new leader of the free world’s Inaugural Address:

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

Yes. The American People are expecting them to be met and sooner rather than later. Problem being they are not sure what version of promises they are going to get.

At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebearers, and true to our founding documents.

Have We? We the People have no idea if our new president has been true to The Constitution.

We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

Do those words sound like the same words of the infamous 2002 speech?

The best line of all:

...we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

And stopping using them to beat and beat down your women and children

What was missing?

The exhortation to the oppressed women of the world, including America, and especially China and the Muslim World. No mention that women’s rights are human rights. No mention of the need to stop violence against women. No mention of the absolute imperative for women and girls to be given respect and equality in their savage lands.

He needs a woman – a mature woman – to guide his words since his drunken hair-pulling, tit-grabbing pig has no clue and barry himself has shown over and over – by denying his own mother – that he has interest in getting one. One of his female speechwriters quit after she saw that he was doing nothing to stop the attacks on Gov Palin. Anyone hear about her? I’ll have to find that post in the drafts.

This all he found important to say:

And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: Know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

…To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.


The Muslim World needed to hear outright that that mutual interest and respect includes women. They needed to hear outrage. They needed to hear that the unclenching of the fist includes their own women – sisters, mothers, aunts, nieces and cousins – who they treat as reproductive chattel in the name of “culture”. Who they maim or murder in the name of “honor”. Who they mutilate in the name of “custom”.

They needed to hear that it includes their young daughters – as young as 8 – who they sell to settle a debt – only to be raped by men 2-8 times their age in the name of “religion”.

It was an egregious error.

Unforgivable, really.

But not at all surprising.

When is he going to realize that peace hinges on women – not the enslaving husbands and fathers, and human detonator sons and brothers?

He promised to carry on the fight for Senator Clinton?

There has been absolutely no evidence of it. He did not even bother to reach out to her voters (just the donors) – so sure he was that he would get their votes – much the same as he was willing to dis the LGBT community in the name of pandering to Rick Warren’s community. How much is his female staff getting paid in comparison to the men?

There were two mentions of his father and absolutely no mention of his white mother “embracing what was right” when his father slunk back to that village to the pregnant “tribal” wife and young child he had abandoned – the woman he continued to have children with after he married another white women.

If barry’s white mother hadn’t “embraced what was right” after his black father did not, Rev Lowery would not have been up there rhyming words of outdated divisiveness when he was charged with the duty of bringing folks – all folks – black, brown, yellow, white and the redman – together through the benediction.

What would have been the power of Barack Hussein Obama’s words about oppressed women to the Arab and African world? To China? To the world in general?

We will never know.

And the resultant power of their absence?


What needed to be included.

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