It has been a little over 2 and a half hours into the presidency of President Obama (and yes, it does feel strang typing that). Judging by the massive party held in Washington D.C. today, yes it was a party and nothing else, shades of Andrew Jackson come to my mind.
He had a connection with the American people, and was only voted in because they despised the former president. That night, there was a massive celebration in the White House. Drunks in every corner of the highest government building in the nation. Then-president Jackson had to escape the White House through a window, leaving his supporters to party inside the Presidental Palace. The next day, he came back and found hundreds passed out on the White House grass. Now, this will surely not happen tonight.
Andrew Jackson went on to serve America. Today, he is looked upon as one of the worst presidents the nation has ever had.
Judging by the way this presidency has started, let's hope this was the only time it would seem like a party. Forget about the "oath of office" or any of the other speeches made, move forward to the parade. Who would pay to watch a parade on public grounds? $25 a ticket to stand and watch a parade? Let's hope that the US Government doesn't blow all that money on the 10 official balls that are going to be held and the 10 unofficial balls that are also going to be held. What happened to the good ol' days of one presidental ball?
In my college, I heard the disrespect being shown towards Mr. Bush. All the "nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, good-bye" going around and the explicits being yelled. Could it be the college students being stupid and ignorant, possibly. But I knew these kids, and they were seniors majoring in political science. They knew what they were saying. They may have been wasted, they may have been sober. Either way, the lack of respect shown towards a former president is unexcusible. The future will show that Mr. Bush was a man of greatness and made the correct desicisions, although hated at the time. Look at Truman; he fired MacArthur admists the unwantingness of the American public. History shows us that it was for the best. Now, he is regarded as one of the better presidents.
Well America, you spoke your minds over two months ago, and now you are going to either reap the rewards, or suffer the consequences. Either way, you have nobody but yourself and the Democrats to thank, or blame.