In response to the triggering question of ‘How Did You Participate In The Inauguration?‘, title of an article by Jeremiah Owyang, I would like to say that, unlike other fellas who experienced the inauguration by physically attending the ceremony, watching through streaming medias, or get connected with other social networking medias, I experienced the joy and tense of this extravagant event through a traditional 14″ television accompanied by my brother and couple of sips of my all-time favorite ‘Old Town’ coffee…
In my world, it was 11pm, January 20, 2009. Most Indonesia’s leading TV stations were broadcasting the event live, to witness the milestone of a new hope for the US and the world, maybe. I switched from one to another stations, trying to get one with less annoyance, yes, the one with no biased-translation, no comment from local politicians, economists, which were just irritating and one-sided. It was just so funny to listen to the interpretation of our local politicians who tried to tie the knot with the speech of Obama, specifically towards this part of the speech (his complete inaugural address text and video could be retrieved here):
“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
I know that US belongs to the world, that every single word coming out from Obama’s mouth could bring significant effects to the world peace and order. But hello… this is the speech for his inauguration as the 44th president of the US. Of course, the speech would be nothing but to the interest of the US. For Obama did mention about the rest of the world, they were just an extra to answer curiosities and treatment for anxiety of future uncertainties, so to speak.