Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Today is inauguration day here in the U.S. We've officially had a new president for ... oh, about 5 hours as I type this.

I'm not unhappy to see the old one go. But have to take a 'wait-and-see' attitude with Obama. His words sound good to me, but some decisions he has made so far are not quite so encouraging ...

Looking at 3 personally important issues:

Obama's choice for Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is uncomfortably close (for me) to the 'Big Ag' industry. But who knows - remember, wait and see.

On specifically animal related issues I haven't seen anything particularly encouraging, but neither anything discouraging. Again - wait and see.

The last is on the other hand at least a little discouraging. The Inaugural activities have been routinely criticised for the minimal attention given to accessability. The attitude of organizers - disabled folks can stay home and watch it on TV. Granted, these are the event organizers, not Obama himself, but still ... One would expect events with inclusion as a theme to be more, you know, inclusive.

One interesting tidbit about accessability: outgoing VP Dick Cheney hurt his back while moving items in to his new house. He will be using a wheelchair fot at least the next few days.

I wonder: will they expect him to stay home and watch TV?

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