Thursday, January 22, 2009
I watched with fascination, yesterday night, the swearing in ceremony of Barak Obama as the 44th President of the U.S.A. Fascination because what I thought would never happen in the US, that a Black man would become president, happened. Fascination because of the distinct class differences that was obvious even in a staunch democracy like the US. The proletariat was effectively penned in a vast enclosure and their numbers exceeded one million! The bourgeoisie were kept separate and were provide with separate enclosure with adequate seating and were regally and ceremoniously escorted. Spending millions of dollars on a swearing in ceremony appeared too much even if it is swearing in of a favorite like Obama. They could have done with a simpler, more elegant ceremony was my final impression of the whole show.