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Obama: 'This Inauguration is Not About Me. It's About All of Us.'

How bad could the crowds and long lines be Tuesday? So bad that the President-elect felt the need to issue a statement talking about way to participate without attending his inauguration. In a video posted on youtube, Obama also said: "This election is not about me. It's about all of us." He went on:

"Unprecedented numbers of Americans are planning to join us in Washington. That will mean long lines, a tough time getting around, and most of all, a lot of walking on what could be a very cold winter day. Fortunately, you don't have to brave the crowds and commotion in order to participate in this celebration, because we've made this Inauguration open and accessible to communities across our nation."

Obama urged people to text the word "open" to 56333 to receive official Inauguration news updates, transportation notices, and opportunities to participate, both in Washington and across the country.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 14, 2009; 10:59 AM ET  | Category:  In the Community , Presidential Inaugural Committee , Swearing-in Ceremony
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Obama's inauguration is set to be the most expensive inauguration in US history.

At a time when the economy is in shambles and more and more people find themselves out of work, this seems tacky.
And just after the 730 billion dollar bailout to...

I can barely afford to pay my monthly bills and buy food.
Had to disconnect the telephone service last month.
What a contrast huh?

Posted by: Thozmaniac | January 14, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama has every right to celebrate his historical unique Presidential Inaugration, but if he has little heart, compassion, humanity and above all respect for the Gazan moms, dads, children, more than 1000, who have been killed mercilessly and many thousands who are injured and roaming around the streets to take cover from the American made bombs, guns, missiles and poisonous white powder to remain alive. The Gaza war is whole heartedly supported by America and America is equally responsible for the tragedy, genocide and massacres.
Hope, instead of 7 days long celebration, Obama, make it one day affair and that too very simple and call all world leaders to attend the special meeting where he can give his one hour speech to make peace, stop killings,respect every one's human rights and allow others to live in peace.

Posted by: citysoilverizonnet | January 14, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I agree with citysoilverizonnet for the most part. However, I would add that Hamas needs to do some things differently as well if the Gazans want peace! For instance stop firing missiles indiscriminately into Israel! It is a simple proposition! You stop trying to kill me and I will stop killing you!

I am not a supporter of everything Israel does! They have, on more than one occasion, incited the Palestinians to act provocatively! Then when the Palestinians retaliate the Israelis respond with a cannon when a rock was thrown! However, if I were in the Israelis spot I would do everything I could to stop missiles from hurting me!

Which brings us back to the age old conflict. Who finally says enough is enough? Each side is guilty and neither wants to take responsibility for peace! Only war!

Posted by: stevenchagar | January 14, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: ZatMat | January 15, 2009 1:46 AM | Report abuse

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