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01/20/2009

Video: The bitter with the sweet

by Jeremy Hooper

It was inappropriate. It was a mistake. His words cannot help but ring hollow to millions of people. But for closure, here it is:


(NBC's feed)

We're glad that we stood our ground on this. We're glad that it's over.

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**But thankfully, the last religious word of this inclusive day did not belong to the thoroughly exclusive Rick Warren. Here's what Rev. Joseph Lowery had to say:


(NBC's feed)

**ALSO: Jim Burroway has transcribed Lowery's words: Rev. Joseph Lowery’s Benediction at the Inaugural Ceremony [BTB]

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Your thoughts

To Rev. Joseph Lowery, all I can say is this : a-$#%&ing-men.

It really speaks to me that this man, whom stood beside Dr. King, supports us. To me, it symbolizes that discrimination is indeed discrimination, and that we have to fight it in ALL forms it pops up as.

Gone are the days of idle acceptance and the need to just shrug it off, waiting for our day to come.

The day was always here.

It is time we act on it.

And to me, his speech symbolizes that for me.

Posted by: Clicky the Fox | Jan 20, 2009 10:53:31 PM

Rick Warren sounded insincere and he looked ungrounded. Lowery came across as a lovely and sincere man. Yet, what was inescapable to me is how race was the only discrimination target he mentioned specifically. Gender, LGBT and the Disabled were not mentioned at all.

I come away with feeling that to be a truly great leader requires mentioning those who are least spoken for the most. I found myself watching the inaugural celebration as an outsider looking in at my own Democratic party for the very first time. A strange feeling of disconnection and sadness. I will be directing my money and efforts to LGBT issues soley from here on out.

Posted by: Mercedes | Jan 20, 2009 10:56:45 PM

Rev. Lowery's prayer was beautiful. He was more poetic than the poet. He showed more political wisdom than the president. He was more prayerful than the invocator. Poetry + political wisdom + prayer = Power. Rev. Lowery's prayer had me in tears. Say "Amen."

Posted by: jfmurray3 | Jan 20, 2009 11:12:32 PM

It was three minutes too long.

Posted by: Pete | Jan 21, 2009 12:24:01 AM

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