Keeping Perspective

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January 19, 2009 @ 8:10 UTC

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For the next few days, the airwaves will be saturated by coverage of the inaguration activities.  In fact, the party has already started, at least on select channels, such as CNN and MSNBC, who’ve been covering things fairly non-stop since yesterday’s Whistle Stop Tour.  Even Fox News is likely to get wrapped up in the fun.

Yet, it’s important that things be kept in perspective.  There is a lot more important things going on out there than the inaguration of a new president.  There are still two wars going on and a global recession affecting the daily lives of millions, if not billions.  While this inaguration will indicate a change (or no change) in how these things are handled, it’s only an inaguration.  In about 37 hours, the new president will have a job to do, and will have to focus on it.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the historical nature of this inaguration.  The fact that it lies near the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and a day after the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s birth is not lost of me.  Both men were instrumental in bringing about the changes in society that have allowed Obama to be sworn in as the 44th President on Tueday.  I just want people to remember that even on Tuesday there will still be bigger, more immediate fish to fry.  Celebrate the achievement but keep the bigger picture in focus.  That sounds like a good philosophy to me.

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