David Westerfield

Theology. Culture. Technology.


Choice Quotes During Obama’s Inauguration

Sometimes, quotes themselves speak volumes of information. Then again, sometimes they don’t. 🙂

“Those moments of good-will go away in a heartbeat when the reality of the challenges we face sink in.” (unknown MSNBC commentator)

“It looks like a cross between Woodstock and a religious pilgrimage.” (Keith Olbermann)

Muhammed Ali possesses “telepathy?” (Olbermann)

“Bitter sweet? I think they’re going to feel more like the Romanoff’s today.” (Chris Matthews, speaking of the Cheney’s) … good one

“It almost feels like there are elements of hero-worship at points.” (Rachel Maddow) … good call

“This could have very easily been a different day.” (Rachel Maddow) – while watching Bill and Hillary Clinton walking down the stairs – insightful 🙂

“Would that be THE Bible?” (Olbermann) … said in a slightly snide kind of voice.

“You know, the Mall kind of looks like a Chia pet, it just keeps growing and growing.” (Matthews)

“What a metaphor, what a metaphor.” (Matthews) … while watching Cheney being rolled out in a wheelchair after an accident when lifting boxes … so compassionate, so respectful.

“A great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven at this historic moment!” (Rick Warren, Inauguration “Invocation”) … Shouting over a human political change-over, even one with historical-racial significance? Sounds like those “witnesses” he speaks of were more excited about the glory of Jesus and His salvation than a political regime (Hebrews 12:1-2, Revelation 7:9-10), even an American regime. Gotta love culturally-conditioned prayers. May the Lord be merciful to me and my faults. Let’s just be real and honest here for a minute though: being positive for the sake of worldly, cultural positivity is no excuse for morphing the text of Scripture to say something it doesn’t, in order to fit an occasion.

“We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right.” (Rev. Joseph Lowery) … how is that not racist rhetoric?

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6 Comments

  1. I think he was referring to this cloud:
    Hebrews 12:1
    Therefore, having so vast a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, and throwing off everything that hinders us and especially the sin that so easily entangles us, let us keep running with endurance the race set before us, fixing our attention on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith, who, in view of the joy set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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