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The Inauguration of Barack Obama

I’ve been in the US for almost 10 years. The first year doesn’t really count since I didn’t know any English let alone politics. Then 4 years of high school and 4 years of university, all under Bush’s administration. It’s going to be very interesting to experience something else, something new. 

Many students that I’ve taught asked me about Obama. Every one of them loved Obama. There are many expectations of Obama and his administration to bring “change”. Most people think that after Obama, well now President Obama (so weird to say that) takes over, things will starting changing with a snap of a finger. This ditch that we’re in is going to take time for us to climb out. One person can’t change everything. Obama represents change, and that in itself brings hope to the people. Obama is not going to meet all these expectations in his first administration. It takes TIME. 

Anyway, this is history right here. I’m glad I have the chance to witness something like this. 

God Bless America!

History in the making

I thought it was going to be a closer race but Obama ran a perfect campaign. The promise of change is definitely coming. He reminded me of Martin Luther King when he was giving the speech in Chicago. “As a people”, same as King’s ideal.

This is history right here. Go Obama!

Democrats took majority in House and Senate…what a change this is.

P.S. The hologram thing on CNN was awesome, just like Star Wars: “Obama Kenobi, you’re my only hope”.

I like Jello damnit!

McCain and his wittiness are funny I have to admit, I wonder how he comes up with them on the spot. I laughed out loud when he said: “nailing down Senator Obama’s various tax proposals is like nailing Jello to the wall.” Then Obama attacked back at McCain on tax policy saying: “the ‘Straight Talk Express’ lost a wheel on that one” (Referring to the Social Security problem). And, after all the back and forth, my favorite moment is when McCain shot back, pointing at Obama, and said “You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one” (Referring to the Energy Bill vote). Btw, I ain’t “your friend” McCain!

Full Transcript here

(FYI, I supported Obama from the start of the campaign) I agree with him that health care is a “right” for everyone. I agree with him that alternative energy is essential in reducing our energy consumption. I agree with him that we need to seek diplomatic solutions first working with our allies in dealing with foreign threats like Iran and North Korea. Most importantly, I agree with him in providing 95% of the middle class tax cuts because they suffer the most and they are crucial to our economy. 

The only thing I agree with McCain is on his policy of providing “moral support” for Georgia and other post-Soviet Union countries. 

Update: That One 08

Any-who, enough politics, I don’t really care that much. I was in downtown San Jose today again (and will be for days to come due to necessary commute to Santa Ana), and when I was walking, I heard many conversations in Cantonese, which was very interesting because I only heard it once at a store down my street. This is why I LOVE languages, I can understand so many people without them knowing. There’s an inner urge to connect with people who speak the language we speak in a foreign country. I see this a lot, and it happens everywhere, even right here at the Casa, both of my French housemates hang out with French friends (haha…sounded like French Fries) studying or working here (If you’re reading this Cecile or Anne-Laure, just want you to know I love it). This occurs mostly by meeting friends through friends but it is true. For me, on the other hand, I only really “connected” with a few of my Cantonese friends. Most of the time when I meet someone and learned that they speak Cantonese or Mandarin I still use English, unless they ask me specifically. Just like when I’m asked where I’m from, I just say California and leave it as that. And when they ask me specifically my origin, then I would say Hong Kong. I do that to avoid all the stereotypical questions that (some) people asks, not that I care or am offended by it, it just annoys me. Well, that’s that.

On another note, commuting to Santa Ana SUCKS, it takes 2 hours to get there without traffic and 3 hours with. The seats on the buses are damn tiny and it gets hot as hell when it’s raining and all the windows are closed. The only good thing about commuting is the walk down Avenida Central (sometimes Avenida 1 depends on my mood at the time), and occasionally a pretty Tica sits next to me on the bus to and from Santa Ana (Yes I’m shallow, deal with it). After next week though I won’t need to go to Santa Ana since the new location of my school will be opened in Barrio California. 

Oh, and uh, listen to Brett Dennen, he’s great.


Maverick gone “nucular”

If you can’t pronounce the word “nuclear”, you are not ready to be the VP let alone the president of the United States. 

Let’s be fair here. Biden has had more than 30 years of experience in the Senate while Palin has been a governor of Alaska for merely 2 years. The expectations were high for Biden, and, without question, Biden had one of the best debates of his life: he demonstrated experience and knowledge through clear and concise responses, jabbing Palin with bullets like “[that is] the ultimate bridge-to-nowhere” and “drill, drill, drill”.

Palin did very well considering her background and experience coming into this debate. She had great energy as usual. She went back to her being a governor and a soccer mom and used that to her advantage, which worked well. She connected with the audience using her good ol’ folksy language and corrected Biden: “[by the way], it’s drill baby, drill!”. 

So, who won the debate? Overall, Biden edged Palin in that he responded to the questions. Palin, on the other hand, didn’t answer any of the questions really. In the first half of the debate, she kept going back on the alternative energy discussion and areas (soccer mom, family) she is comfortable with. She did not say much about the economic crisis nor the bankruptcy nor the mortgage problems and she stumbled all over the place in the debate about the war in Iraq. This wasn’t surprising considering her almost non-existent experience with foreign policies. What did the trick was her energy, confidence and definitely (don’t wanna sound shallow here but it’s true) her beauty, she is a good looking woman.

In conclusion, both of them did well, this debate won’t change the course of the election all that much.

Biden: A
Palin: B