Obama Inauguration: Dawn of a New Era?

Tuesday will highlight the country’s pride of making history by inaugurating its first African-American President. This inauguration will rival that of any other inauguration or other public event in pomp, circumstance, Evangelical Christianity and price. According to an article in the UK Guardian, Obama’s inauguration set to be the most expensive in US history, the price tag dwarfs that of George Bush’s 2005 inauguration by just over $100m during a time when America continues to bail out major financial institutions and the auto industry.

The historical inauguration will serve to restore the hopes and dreams of Americans crushed by their disillusionment of the Bush administration. Many Americans believe he holds the silver bullet to solving the country’s problems. This is because the mainstream media eulogized Obama by turning him into a pop-star and an election campaign that echoed the sound bites that everyone wanted to hear.

The insufferable parading of the Obama family across the media continues in a “personal” letter addressed to his children published in this Sunday’s Parade Magazine. The letter is a nauseating display of ultimate self-promotional tackiness. What we will witness on Tuesday is a marathon pep-rally resembling the Superbowl and the Grammys. Welcome to the dawn of a new era of polititainment.

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