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January 25, 2009 at 6:00 AM

The Obama presidency

An island in the American ocean

To my regret, I did not have much time to watch Barack Obama become President Obama. Now I have started to look over the print articles and photographs of the new president and first lady and I am inspired.

I am inspired by all the people who came out to watch Obama take the oath of office. I am inspired by watching him and his wife walk down Lincoln Avenue together waving to the crowd while, as my wife pointed out, never missing a beat holding hands. This warmed my heart and lifted my spirit.

I have hope for this new administration. I am not sure what the future outcome will be, but for now hope is enough. Previously, I think we, as a country, lost hope and were floating in the ocean with no land in sight. President Obama is an island we can see now — a place where we can land and take refuge.

To say that all will be OK now is to lie; there are many hurdles ahead, some taller, some shorter. But, now we can move forward and fight our way through this jungle and maybe, just maybe, find a path out. Everyone should stand up and cheer for President Obama, giving all your support to him and our country because he deserves it and our country deserves it.

We need to bring back a shine to this country and remove the tarnish that has grown upon it. This is the land of freedom, choice and opportunity. Enough of selfishness, entitlement and indifference.

Share as much as you can, smile, praise and give your all. Good luck, President and Mrs. Obama, I for one am behind you and send you my best.

— Tim Smith, Seattle

Gun photo implicates Inauguration Day

On Thursday, you had an article concerning people who did not join in the celebrations for the inauguration [“Inauguration? Ho-hum,” Local News, Jan. 22]. The article, mostly concerning Republican or conservative feelings, was fine, but your choice of photo showed extremely bad taste.

The photo shows a young woman at a shooting range celebrating “her Second Amendment right.” I may not agree with people who hunt or shoot for sport, but this picture, in coordination with the events of that day, made me angry.

During my lifetime, I can remember the church bombing and killing of the three young black girls, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Bloody Sunday, the killing of the three civil-rights workers in Mississippi and many other violent acts toward African Americans.

Since Tuesday was the inauguration of our first African-American president, the fact that a skinhead plot to kill Obama was discovered awhile back, and that on Jan. 17 Steven Joseph Christopher threatened to assassinate Obama at the inauguration, makes the photo extremely offensive.

— Linda Knutson, Duvall

Glaring inconsistencies

The young, conservative Lamb Henry mentioned in Erik Lacitis’ article has decried television’s negative impact on her young children, yet she gets her news from talk-radio personality Rush Limbaugh?

Limbaugh, who is openly and proudly racist, sexist, thrice married and divorced, a prescription-drug addict and famous for denying global climate change, promoting his phony soldier campaign, and issuing insults to Michael J. Fox about faking his Parkinson’s symptoms?

I wish Henry luck in raising compassionate, informed children.

— Katie Wright, Seattle

Celebrating democracy where democracy began

One of the unsung heroes of our democracy’s rite of passage was the physical city of Washington D.C.: the drama and grandeur of its vast open spaces, splendid vistas, radial axes and “marbled monuments.”

Yet, the irony is that the city-plan’s inspiration was brought to it by its designer, the French Parisian Pierre L’Enfant on Gen. George Washington’s staff, drawing from his background of Baroque-urban design, especially as seen when serving the authoritarian court of Louis XIV at the Sun King’s 17th century palace and gardens of Versailles.

Still, what other American city could have accommodated so splendidly Tuesday’s some 2 million visitors, their numbers and rituals there to celebrate the Obama inauguration?

— Norman Johnston, Seattle

Apple-pie hopes

“Everyone knows an ant can’t move a rubber-tree plant, but has high hopes — high in the sky, apple pie hopes. Whoops, there goes another rubber tree plant!”

President Obama has the same high hopes. Given time and our support, he will move our nation to a place of worldwide respect.

— Clarice Umperovitc, Everett

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