Presidential Inauguration Day 2005
Thanks to a reader for notice of P. J. O'Rourke's Alternative Inaugural Address at The Weekly Standard, dated Jan. 24:
My fellow Americans, I had intended to reach out to all of you and bring a divided nation together. But I changed my mind. America isn't divided by political ethos or ethnic origin. America isn't divided by region or religion. America is divided by jerks. Who wants to bring a bunch of jerks together with the rest of us? Let them stew in Berkeley, Boston, and Ann Arbor.
The media say that I won the election on the strength of moral values. If the other fellow had become president, would the media have said that he won the election on the strength of immoral values? For once the media would have been right.
We are all sinners. But jerks revel in their sins. You can tell by their reaction to the Ten Commandments....
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." Let's be fair about this. We did see a lot of white, non-Hispanic Democrats in churches in 2004. But they were all running for president. And the churches were inner-city black churches. I happen to know that there are churches in the white, non-Hispanic suburbs where these Democrats live. Apparently jerks can't find them....
Here are some sites about past inaugurations and inaugural addresses:
For John Kennedy's inauguration in 1960, Robert Frost wrote a poem, Dedication, which he was unable to finish reading because of the glare from the sun; continuing, he recited from memory his poem The Gift Outright:
The land was ours before we were the land's.
She was our land more than a hundred years
Before we were her people. She was ours
In Massachusetts, in Virginia,
But we were England's, still colonials,
Possessing what we still were unpossessed by,
Possessed by what we now no more possessed.
Something we were withholding made us weak
Until we found out that it was ourselves
We were withholding from our land of living,
And forthwith found salvation in surrender.
Such as we were we gave ourselves outright
(The deed of gift was many deeds of war)
To the land vaguely realizing westward,
But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced,
Such as she was, such as she would become.
P.S. Here's the latest inaugural address.
Lane Core Jr. CIW P Thu. 01/20/05 07:53:30 AM
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