An inauguration observed

By Dan Dunkle | Jan 20, 2017
The VStv team watches the inauguration Friday.

I had the pleasure of watching the inauguration of President Donald Trump with the VStv crew today.

As you can imagine there were a lot of editorial comments flying around the office, though I would say we talked more about fashions and who we could see among the VIPs at the event than we did about politics.

The inauguration itself was a grim affair. The music was formal and had a dirge-like quality. The weather did not cooperate, giving gray skies as a backdrop.

Trump's speech was dreary as usual. He presents an image of a nation in shambles and has confused patriotism with jingoism.

I like his dedication to creating jobs and keeping jobs here in the U.S.

It will be interesting to see how he will fulfill this promise: "We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones — and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth."

An inauguration is always a combination of fear and hope. I am fearful this president will attempt to seize authoritarian power, that he will become a tyrant. He has not said or done anything to make me doubt he has this potential. I am fearful he will not be "able to separate the interests of the country now from his own personal pique..." (This concern is based on an article http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/trump-biographers-presidency-legitimate-214655). I am fearful of this apparent celebration of stupidity and his "head-in-the-sand" approach to science and the environment.

I hope I'm wrong, that he is a better man than he seems.

Until we know who is right and who is wrong, the show goes on.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 22, 2017 15:58

The Trump you see is the man he is. I fear his personal interest in commerce will commingle with the country business and survival. America first is my hope!



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