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Obamas Antrittsrede

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Die Antrittsrede von Barak Obama war bildhaft: "Wir haben die Hoffnung der Furcht vorgezogen" "Wir müssen uns mit Hoffnung den eisigen Strömen stellen." "Der Flickenteppich der Vereinigten Staaten ist unserer Stärke." "Die Grenzen lösen sich auf." Obama fordert Rückkehr zu bewährten Wahrheiten, wie Mut, Fairplay, Pflichterfüllung, Vertrauen, Geist des Dienens, Gerechtigkeit und Demut. Obama machte bewusst, dass die USA mitten in der Krisen steckt und fordert eine Wende. Es gebe auf dem Weg zur Veränderung keine Abkürzung. Es braucht Opfer. An Arbeit fehlt es nicht. Es brauche Strassen, Brücken und neue Techniken für die Gewinnung neuer Energien. Es brauche mehr Wissenschaft um das Gesundheitswesen zu verbessern. Obama will Zuversicht verbreiten und er ist dem Meinung, dass Amerika schon frührer stets Krisen als Chancen betrachtet hat. Ferner signalisiert er auch Härte, falls Gespräche und Dialoge nicht fruchten würden. Bei Obama haben Dialoge immer Priorität. Auch im Wahlkampf bewies er, dass er sich andere Meinungen und Kritik anhören kann und das Gegenüber wertschätzt, auch wenn es eine Gegenmeinung vertritt. Interview Radio Munot

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust
you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I
thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the
generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words
have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters
of peace. Yet, every so often, the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds
and raging storms. 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 for bearers,
and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation
is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our
economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on
the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices
and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed;
businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail
too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use
energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less
measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our
land--a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the
next generation must lower its sights.

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.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of
purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false
promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long
have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has
come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our
enduring spirit, to choose our better history, to carry forward that
precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation:
the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve
a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness
is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one
of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the
faint-hearted--for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only
the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers,
the doers, the makers of things--some celebrated but more often men and
women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged
path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across
oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash
of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg;
Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked
till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw
America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than
all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous,
powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than
when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and
services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last
year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of
protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions--that
time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up,
dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the
economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act--not only
to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will
build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that
feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its
rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's
quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and
the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform
our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new
age. All this we can do. All this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions--who suggest
that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories
are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done;
what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common
purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted
beneath them--that the stale political arguments that have consumed us
for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether
our government is too big or too small, but whether it works--whether
it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford,
a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to
move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us
who manage the public's dollars will be held to account--to spend wisely,
reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day--because only
then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good
or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched,
but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market
can spin out of control--and that a nation cannot prosper long when
it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always
depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the
reach of our prosperity; on the ability to extend opportunity to every
willing heart--not out of charity, but because it is the surest route
to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our
safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can
scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the
rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those
ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience'
sake. 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.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not
just with missiles and tanks, but with the sturdy alliances and enduring
convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us,
nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our
power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the
justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities
of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more,
we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort--even
greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to
responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in
Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly
to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming
planet. 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.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.
We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus--and
non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from
every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of
civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger
and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall
someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the
world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that
America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

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 the 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.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble
gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off
deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just as
the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor
them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they
embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something
greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment--a moment that will
define a generation--it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith
and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.
It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the
selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a
friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the
fire fighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also
a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may
be new. But those values upon which our success depends--honesty and
hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and
patriotism--these things are old. These things are true. They have been
the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded
then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new
era of responsibility--a recognition, on the part of every American,
that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties
that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the
knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining
of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence--the knowledge that God calls on
us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed--why men and women and
children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across
this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago
might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before
you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we
have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months,
a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an
icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow
was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution
was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read
to the people:

"Let it be told to [the] future world ... that in the depth of winter,
when nothing but hope and virtue could survive ... that the city and
the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet" it.

America: In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our
hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let
us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let
it be said by our children's children that when we were tested, we refused
to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and
with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth
that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.

CNN über den Schwurstolperer
Nachtrag vom 21. Januar, 2009: Der Richter John Roberts hatte die Wortreihenfolge des Amtseides verkehrt, was Obama kurz zum Stolpern brachte. Er wiederholte den Eid dann aber in der von Robert's zuerst gegegenen Folge.

Obama liess sich vom sprachlichen Stolperer nicht aus der Ruhe bringen. Er weiss, dass es immer und überall Pannen oder Aussetzer geben kann - vor allem in Stresssituationen. Wer über der Sache steht und zu solchen Patzern stehen kann, der ist Profi und beweist, dass er gut ist. Bei dieser Stolperer-Sequenz fällt auch auf, dass das Ehepaar Obama Harmonie vorspielt. Michelle steht voll und ganz zu ihrem Mann und hat ihn bei dieser historischen Szene mental unterstützt. Das wohlwollende, unterstützende Lächeln war echt und glaubwürdig. Es war kein aufgesetztes Verlegenheitsverhalten.

Zu einem anderen Teil der Welt: China hat der Teil der Rede, wo der Kommunismus vorkommt nicht gepasst und diesen Teil zensuriert. Quelle


Satellitenbild vom 20. Januar zeigt die Menschenmenge während der Inauguration von Obama. (Quelle)


"Change im Weissen Haus", Quelle: tinypic.com

Baby Instinct

Baby Instinkt

Good By Bush

Die Firma Veet, die Produkte zur Haarentfernung produziert, macht Werbung mit dem Spruch "Good Bye Bush".

Gigapixel Panorama

Das ganze Panorama

Nachtrag vom 22. Januar, 2009: Kolumne von Regula Stämpfli vom 22. Januar in der Aargauer Zeitung/Mittelland Zeitung.

Nachtrag vom 25. Januar, 2009: Kolumne von Matthias Ackeret in der Schweizer Illustrierten
Mein Tag mit Obama

Matthias Ackeret

Die Welt sah zu - und ich war dabei. Es ist kurz vor zwölf Uhr, wenige Minuten vor Barack Obamas Inauguration. Im fahlen Winterlicht leuchtet die Spitze des Capitols, auf der linken Seite, hinter unzähligen Toilettenhäuschen versteckt, sind die Umrisse des Weissen Hauses knapp erkennbar. So viel Geschichte macht schwindlig. Um mich Zehntausende von Menschen, die meisten schwarzhäutig. Trotz klirrender Kälte tragen viele Festkleidung. "Auch das Christkind wurde in einer Winternacht geboren", flüstert mir mein Nachbar zu. Selbst Ironie wird in solchen Momenten Wahrheit. Ein leichtes, langsam anhebendes Raunen geht durch die Menge, als der neue Präsident erstmals auf der Grossleinwand erscheint. Den Mantelkragen hochgeschlagen, das Kinn nach vorne gestreckt, die Augen von jenem "Yes, I can"-Gefühl beseelt, das die Welt verändern soll. Leichtfüssig schreitet er die Stufen des Capitols hinunter: eine Quadratur von JFK und Elvis Presley. Ein paar wenige stimmen einen "Obama"-Sprechchor an, der - wohl kältebedingt - bald wieder abflacht. Transparente mit der Aufschrift "From slavery to history" werden geschwenkt. Doch der Messias-Präsident von der Grossleinwand ist nur schwer zu verstehen: Seine Worte klingen abgehackt - und auch zeitverschoben. Man habe, so klärt mich mein deutscher Journalistenkollege Manfred später auf, an der Beschallung gespart. Damit vermeide man den Eindruck amtlicher Geldverschwendung. Kündet sich so das goldene Polit-Zeitalter an? Die Amtsübernahme Obamas ist ein Lehrstück über die Existenz verschiedener Realitäten. Was im Fernseher gigantisch und mit leichter Hand inszeniert wirkt, ist für den Obama-Wegelagerer vor Ort hartes Brot: quälende Sicherheitskontrollen, lange Fussmärsche, unzureichende Signalisation und ein striktes Getränke- und Essverbot innerhalb der Sicherheitszone. Die Polit-Pilgerreise wird zur Tortur. Von den rund zwei Millionen Gästen dürfte nicht einmal ein Prozent den frisch gekürten Präsidenten leibhaftig gesehen haben, der Rest verharrte stundenlang vor den spärlich aufgestellten Leinwänden, um nebenbei als Statist einer gigantischen Fernsehshow zu wirken. Vielleicht erklärt sich damit auch ein Teil der Obamania: selbst einmal Part der Geschichte zu sein. Ging es mir anders? Ehrlich gesagt nein. Bereits vor Wochen habe ich im Internet das Bahnticket reserviert, das mich am Tag der Vereidigung von New York nach Washington bringen wird. "Einmal Obama sehen", pflichtete mir ein Baselbieter Kleinunternehmer bei, als ich ihm im Swiss-Flug nach Amerika von meinem Trip erzählte. Auch er sei Obamaist - und es ist für ihn das Grösste, dem neuen Präsidenten leibhaftig zu begegnen. Obwohl er weder über Hotelunterkunft noch Bahnticket verfügt, will er mit einem Mietauto zur Inauguration fahren. Ähnliches hat er bereits nach den letzten Bundesratswahlen getan, wo er nach Bern reiste, um dem neuen VBS-Chef Ueli Maurer zu gratulieren. Seine Erkenntnis: Was bei Ueli möglich, sei bei Barack fast schon Pflicht. Als am Ende der Feierlichkeiten die Menge trotz chaotischer Organisation und willkürlich hingestellter Absperrgitter Richtung Ausgänge drängt, gibt es kaum Proteste. Nur einmal, als ein amerikanischer Regierungshelikopter - vermutlich mit den abreisenden Bushs - über der Menge kurvt, ertönt ein gellendes Pfeifkonzert, das sogleich von zaghaften "Obama"-Rufen abgelöst wird. Die anschliessende Parade habe ich mir in einer Bar direkt hinter dem geschichtsträchtigen Watergate-Gebäude auf CNN angeschaut: viel näher, viel emotionaler und weitaus wärmer. Nur einmal wurde ich dabei von einem SMS des Basler Kleinunternehmers unterbrochen. Darin berichtete dieser, dass er nun geschlagene zwölf Stunden für die präsidiale Parade an der Pennsylvania Avenue ausgeharrt habe. Doch das Warten habe sich gelohnt: Vor wenigen Minuten sei Baracks Limousine endlich vorbeigefahren. Näher sei er nur bei Ueli gewesen. 25. Januar 2009 Text.

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