Obama is already calling for a "declaration of independence" and mucking around with our near sacred Constitution.......we don't need a new declaration of independence, the first one is well and good; and second, the US Constitution is just fine.......Obama will face the wrath of patriots if he thinks he can muck around with our sacred documents......
Obama calls for 'new Declaration of Independence'
By Michael Neibauer
Examiner Staff Writer 1/17/09
PHILADELPHIA – President-elect Barack Obama began his four-day inaugural celebration with a ten minute speech calling for a "new declaration of independence
" and a return to the idealism of 1776.
Kicking off a 137-mile train trip that will pass through Wilmington, Delaware and Baltimore before he arrives at Washington's Union Station, Obama spoke of the need to recapture the spirit of the American revolution.
"What is required is a new declaration of independence,
not just in our nation, but in our own lives - from ideology and small thinking, prejudice and bigotry..." he said
He added, "Only a handful of times in our history has a generation been confronted with challenges so vast," citing tough economic times and two wars. Americans today must call upon "the same perseverance and idealism that our founders displayed," to deal with those challenges.
On his wife's 45th birthday, Obama touched on some of the themes he is expected to expand upon during his inaugural address Tuesday. He warned that there would be "false starts and setbacks" to achieving his goals of reviving the economy and dealing with conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He received his most sustained applause when he talked about ending the Iraq war.
Obama, the first African American elected president, made what appeared to be a reference to slavery, calling the U.S. Constitution and the declaration of independence "documents that were imperfect but had within them, like our nation itself, the capacity to be made more perfect."
Beginning a journey that mimics Abraham Lincoln's similar pre-inaugural train trip, Obama made a fleeting reference to the 16th president, calling upon Americans to reach out to their "better angels" in coming together to solve problems, a phrase lifted from Lincoln's first inaugural address.
About 250 people got to attend Obama's talk inside Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, where Obama departed on his way to Washington. Several hundred more were inside the station, but blocked off from the speech by blue curtains and police barricades.
"It's like they just bypassed Philly," said Joyce Cunningham of West Philadelphia, an Obama volunteer but not one of the lucky 250. "We played a major role. You tell him Joyce said we're not happy."
Others were content just to be part of the scene. "Here we are," said Stephanie Williams of Salt Lake City, who flew in a day early for a family event. "We just had to take a shot." It was heartwarming, Williams said, "for lifelong Democrats like ourselves to have so many people [in Utah] vote for Obama."
Jennifer Eberhardt, her husband and three children, all of whom will be attending the inauguration in D.C., flew in from the San Francisco area a day early to catch a glimpse. They, like the president-elect, were taking a train. "We had the same idea as Obama," Eberhardt said.