Back To Politics As Usual?


 

As a candidate, Barack Obama transformed the internet as a political tool.
As a candidate, Barack Obama transformed the internet as a political tool.

As a loyal member of Facebook I am privy to the mindset of young Americans as we have gone through the phenomenon that was the 2008 Presidential campaign.

I’ve seen more Facebook statuses dedicated to Barack Obama than I have to God himself. And don’t let me get started on the thousand (more like millions) of Facebookers whose profile pictures are of Obama and the first family. I’ve forgotten what some of my Facebook friends actually look like. 

The trend was easy to predict though. The overflow took place on three occasions: during debates, the day of the election and the day of the inauguration. And man were they out on inauguration day. Peep this story from The Washington Post.  

But now that the horse and pony show is over, I can’t help but wonder what the involvement will be in the weeks and months ahead. 

Every four years I get amazed at how involved people are during elections. But  I always end up even more amazed at how apparently uninvolved they become during the years in between them.

I can’t name how people I know who can’t tell me anything about President Obama outside of the fact that he’s a black Democrat from Hawaii that went to Harvard. 

I literally saw hundreds of statuses after the inauguration stating the change had come…blah, blah, blah. But on the next day when those changes actually began to take place I didn’t see a single peep. Maybe I need to get a new circle of Facebok friends. 

As the first week of President Obama’s presidency comes to a close and all the Sunday political shows are dissecting the week that was, I want to do the same for my fellow Facebookers. It’s not over people!!!

Tuesday’s inauguration was a monumental event to say the least. Millions if not billions around the world watched as America swore in the  first African-American  President it its over 200 year history. 

There’s no doubt in my mind you digested it in some form. But here’s a few things you may have missed about the days that followed:

1. The Second Swear-In:

After screwing up the Presidential Oath, Chief Justice John Roberts made a stop by the White House on Wednesday for a second go around. Roberts originally misplaced the word “faithfully” during Tuesday’s ceremony. 

2. Ethics

One of the first executive orders issued by President Obama concerned ethics, and he started right in his own house. Obama outlined a number of practices that would not be tolerated in his administration namely lobbying, which was a major point of interest during his campaign. 

3. Closing Down GITMO

President Obama, in a move expected by many, ordered the closing of Guantanamo Bay. GITMO, a detention camp located in Cuba, has a history of torturing detainees through numerous violent methods. The debate wages on about exactly what to do with the detainees once they are released. 

4. Appointees Confirmed

After her confirmation was put on hold for a day, the Senate approved Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State. Obama made another statement by visiting the Justice Department personally, a gesture which showed his commitment to diplomacy.

5. Biden Clearly Not on Obama’s Level

President Obama’s historic campaign will be remembered for a number of things. Chief among them are the moral high ground that he took when faced with enormous negativity. He repeatedly turn down opportunities to take cheap shots at his opponents time and time again. Apparently Vice President Joe Biden wasn’t taking notes, as even while he was about to swear in the White House staff, he couldn’t keep his mouth shut.

Pay close attention to Obama’s reaction. Priceless.

Keep in mind that this happened just days after Biden’s wife spilled the beans on the Oprah Winfrey Show about how many positions Biden was offered in the Obama Administration. Birds of a feather.

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