Wednesday, January 21, 2009
NATIONAL DAY OF RENEWAL AND RECONCILIATION, 2009
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
As I take the sacred oath of the highest office in the land, I am humbled by the responsibility placed upon my shoulders, renewed by the courage and decency of the American people, and fortified by my faith in an awesome God.
We are in the midst of a season of trial. Our Nation is being tested, and our people know great uncertainty. Yet the story of America is one of renewal in the face of adversity, reconciliation in a time of discord, and we know that there is a purpose for everything under heaven.
On this Inauguration Day, we are reminded that we are heirs to over two centuries of American democracy, and that this legacy is not simply a birthright -- it is a glorious burden. Now it falls to us to come together as a people to carry it forward once more.
So in the words of President Abraham Lincoln, let us remember that: "The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2009, a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation, and call upon all of our citizens to serve one another and the common purpose of remaking this Nation for our new century.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
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Add to the clock stew my deep intrigue with Native American trickster mythology, and an obsessive fascination with the super-volcano underneath Yellowstone National Park. I have a fanciful vision of it as the cuckoo in the gigantic, geologic clock of North America. Of course, if that cuckoo pops out its door, we’re all in some serious trouble.
I find myself wondering (in my more fantastical moments) if all of the giant imbalances in the world we’re experiencing right now – environmental, political, economic – might end up setting off the Yellowstone volcano clock a little prematurely. Or what if it’s timed to go off in 2012 at the end of the Mayan Calendar?
So, I’ve started imagining this new piece as an epic, magical quest, undertaken by 3 very different women:
- An undersea explorer who finds a mysterious ancient Greek clockwork
- A social visionary designing a 10,000 year clock and who keeps experiencing some strange, supernatural setbacks
- A seismologist studying Yellowstone and whose seismographs are giving her very unusual results
These women come together to unravel the mysteries of their discoveries and eventually to prevent the volcanic cataclysm from happening. On the course of their journey, they keep running into Trickster, who, as a Creature of Nature, is deeply out of balance herself, and can’t decide whether to help or hinder their progress.
I really hope I get to go to the Exploratorium. It's just a phenomentally cool place. AND, the Long Now Foundation is also in San Francisco, so I'd get to go groupie myself at them as well.
Medea, they found your sword. It seems to have fallen off your chariot. The C.S.I.’s scurried in and took it away to be finger printed. As if they really had to venture a guess at who’s DNA was on it. As you often remind us, you are an unlucky woman.
Hera, they found your magic lipstick. Not that it’s a big deal, but now Sephora is mass producing it and all those mortal bitches will know your secret.