HBO Films has optioned Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s not-yet-finished book, “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime,” about the behind the scenes look at the 2008 presidential election. It’s early days yet as to who will play the lead roles.
President Barack Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday will be the most expensive in American history. The $150 million price tag dwarfs those of President’s Bush and President Clinton inauguration’s combined budgets. I know what you are thinking. How can such a phenomenal price tag be justified during a depression? Well it is precisely because of Obama’s star phenomena that an estimated two million people or more are descending on Washington DC, thus hiking up the cost for adequate security, transport, and Portacabins. The federal government budgeted $49 million for the inauguration, this is in line with previous inaugurations. But Virginia and Maryland have asked for more emergency funding, as has Washington DC’s transport authority. And just before President Bush left office, he declared that an “emergency exists in the District of Columbia. Well, hell yeh! Two million freezing cold men and women lining up to use the facilities is my kind of state of
I would suggest celebrating at home.
It is a great achievement for the USA to elect a mixed-race President. But on the world stage it is a far greater achievement for the United Kingdom to have elected a woman as Prime Minister. In a time when women were still not equal, Margaret Thatcher led one of the oldest and sexist democracies in Europe. The USA is a relatively new country and we expect new ideas from this great nation. So it is a far greater achievement for a woman to land the top job. Women have only been accepted as real equals as recently as African Americans. I am happy for change but I wasn’t celebrating. Obama is still a man.
Obama’s skin color makes no difference to half the world. But to have a woman in charge, that truly would be amazing. Men of all colors still rule women around the world. Women are denied education, are tortured, are slaves, are NOT equal. A woman in charge of today’s richest nation would be a real achievement. Let’s not forget Queen Elizabeth I, who once ruled the richest nation in a world of men. But she wasn’t elected. Obama has no fear of being taken seriously abroad because the world is not all white. But if a woman was in his place, how would foreign leaders treat her when their own women are second class citizens? Men of all colors in all parts of the world rule over women.
I will rejoice for our equality if and when the USA elects a woman to the White House because on the world stage that will truly be an achievement.
I watched Obama and Bush today at the White House. It’s just so amazing to think that an African American would get the top job. And not just any African American but a young guy with a lot of energy and a lot of ideas. He’s a breath of fresh air after the doom and gloom of Bush and the Iraq war. It is wonderful to finally live under Democratic rule. And Obama is a super star. He has that quality. Yeh!!!