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Inauguration Day

Barack and Michelle Obama pre-inauguration

Barack and Michelle Obama pre-inauguration

It’s the day of the inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States.

Bush is gone now, and I’m glad for that, but I retain my view that Bush is not the worst president the United States has ever had. A new era is beginning, and I hope that there will improvement in the United States. But it is necessary to be realistic. If Obama’s presidency turns out to only be “average,” it will seem like a failure because expectations are so high. Disappointment will be easy. But it is necessary to remember that it will not be hugely difficult to look good compared to Bush. Will things be better in four years? Probably. Is a new president a welcome change from the policies of Bush? Yes. Is Barack Obama some sort of miracle worker who will snap his fingers and magically solve everyone’s problems? No.

Image taken from Flickr via the Wikimedia Commons.

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It must be those damned donuts

I know its only mid-January, but there is already a front runner for stupidest event of the year. First, some background:

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts released the following press release to announce that it is giving out free doughnuts on January 20, the date of Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration:

“Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is honoring American’s sense of pride and freedom of choice on Inauguration Day, by offering a free doughnut of choice to every customer on this historic day, Jan. 20. By doing so, participating Krispy Kreme stores nationwide are making an oath to tasty goodies — just another reminder of how oh-so-sweet ‘free’ can be.”

You do see where this is leading, right?

Yes. The American Life League is protesting these “abortion doughnuts” because of the word choice. Here is an excerpt (the entire release is quoted at the article I linked above, and for context, it is proceeded by quoting Krispy Kreme’s press release and followed by background information about the ALL:

Just an unfortunate choice of words? For the sake of our Wednesday morning doughnut runs, we hope so. The unfortunate reality of a post Roe v. Wade America is that ‘choice’ is synonymous with abortion access, and celebration of ‘freedom of choice’ is a tacit endorsement of abortion rights on demand.

President-elect Barack Obama promises to be the most virulently pro-abortion president in history. Millions more children will be endangered by his radical abortion agenda.

Celebrating his inauguration with “Freedom of Choice” doughnuts – only two days before the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to decriminalize abortion – is not only extremely tacky, it’s disrespectful and insensitive and makes a mockery of a national tragedy.

A misconstrued concept of “choice” has killed over 50 million preborn children since Jan. 22, 1973. Does Krispy Kreme really want their free doughnuts to celebrate this “freedom.”

As of Thursday morning, communications director Brian Little could not be reached for comment. We challenge Krispy Kreme doughnuts to reaffirm their commitment to true freedom – to the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – and to separate themselves and their doughnuts from our great American shame.

This ridiculous press release has already received a well deserved mocking (I especially like the comment about going January 21 for morning after doughnuts). I’d also like to ask about whether the people at the ALL have anything better to do, perhaps like shutting up? The context of both uses of the word “choice” in  Krispy Kreme’s press release makes it entirely clear that the release has nothing to do with abortion. To make it clear that the writer of the release had no idea what they were talking about, an analysis shows why below the line.

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