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January 19, 2009

Monday: Larry's live in D.C.!

Posted: 09:33 AM ET

Tonight Larry welcomes Sean Combs,  Seal, Tavis Smiley and Hill Harper, as final preparations are made for tomorrow's inagauration.   PLUS, our blog correspondent, David Theall, will broadcast live from the Huffington Post Inaugural Ball tonight and provide updates on the celebrity arrivals and maneuverings of the D.C. power brokers there - via the blog.   We're bringing you to D.C.'s biggest event tonight!

Also, we love hearing from you!  Don't forget to tell us what this inauguration means to you - good, bad or otherwise.  We just may use your comment on the air tonight!  COMMENT HERE!

It's an inaugural eve edition of "Larry King Live," tonight at 9 p.m., ET.

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Dottie   January 19th, 2009 10:01 am ET

I'm an 87 year old widow who grew up in the South during the Great
Depression. Never have I been as interested in politics as in this one.
My cup runneth over!! It is so overwhelming to FINALLY see an Afro-American to be sworn in as President. My feeling from the start of this campaign was that Obama is a Special Person sent here at a Special Time to become our next President!! It has to be Divine Justice!!!!


Marion   January 19th, 2009 10:09 am ET

I am a naturalized citizen of this country and proud to be an american.God Bless America and the 1st African American Elected President Mr Barack Obama.You have a big job ahead of you. I have confidence in you that god will see you through and give you the endurance,patience and understanding.God Bless your lovely wife and your daughters also. Good Luck Mr. President Obama.


Yehudah Freundlich   January 19th, 2009 12:06 pm ET

A Midrash for Barack Obama

[Cited here is a synopsis and paraphrase of the first Midrash in a collection on the Book of Leviticus.]

The subject text of this Midrash is the opening text of Leviticus “And he (God) called unto Moses.” Rabbi Tanchum opened with the text (Psalms 103:20) “Bless the Lord ye angels of his, Ye mighty in strength that fulfill his word.” Rabbi Tanchum asks, Are the ‘angels’ in the text heavenly angels or are they people here on Earth? [The Hebrew word for angels, “Malachim” also means messenger.] Says Rabbi Tanchum, the very next sentence in this psalm (Psalms 123:21) reads “Bless the Lord, all ye his hosts.” As that text definitely refers to heavenly angels, our text must refer to people here on Earth. And since angels in heaven do not have choice on how to act, but must obey god’s will, all will succeed in their tasks. Hence the text referring to heavenly angels contains the word “all”“Bless the Lord all ye his hosts.” Whereas people on Earth have choice as to whether they will carry out their tasks; therefore, some will succeed and some will not. The text referring to earthly messengers thus omits the word “all”. The first part of Rabbi Tanchum’s message therefore is: All of us can be angels, messengers of God, you, me, any one of us but some of us will succeed and some will not.

And the ones who succeed are mighty in strength. Now usually, continues Rabbi Tanchum, what one cannot lift, two can; what two cannot, four can. But is it possible that one person can do what an entire nation cannot? The bible tells us that at Sinai when the Israelites were receiving the Ten Commandments, the Israelites were afraid to hear God speak and retreated. Though an entire nation was afraid to hear the voice of God, points out Rabbi Tanchum, one person, Moses, was not afraidas it says in our subject text, “And he (God) called unto Moses.”

So here is Rabbi Tanchum’s message to Barack Obama. You, I, anyone of us can be messengers of God; some of us will succeed some not. To succeed, we need inner strength. With inner strength one can achieve what the many cannot; with inner strength, one will listen and be ready where many fear and retreat. And the ones who are mighty in inner strength, the ones who are not afraid to stand forward, they are the ones who are called.

Yehudah Freundlich, Sharon MA.


Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 19th, 2009 12:46 pm ET

He may be a new face,, but his politics are of the old.

Now we will buy all bad bank debt and wholesale it to men who created the failures. and they do it via offshore accounts and phony names. Thus paying no taxes.

So they get rewarded for making bad deals and outright fraud, then we buy bad debt, then we give them more money to loan to people who dont have jobs and bad credit, yea right!! Then they make money off resales for 10 cents on the dollar. and pay no taxes, Thats a 4 time payout! Smells like Warren Buiffet to me, his company made billions off Savings N Loan scandal!! and his buddies.

Obama wont investigate Bush either, sad day for us!!!

Remember he has some serious friends to payback for the billion it took to get him elected.

Tax cuts for rich, buybacks and same setup as SNL scandal, No accountablility for past mistakes of Bush etc...

Same ole same ole !!

Until the money gets to the people and creates jobs that are not taken by illegal labor and benefits and living wages are paid , there is no way to help us Americans, Keep your $500 stimulus! We need work and good work and a fair palying field against corporate america. and foreign interest as well.

Obama a one term man!!


Alex L. Jenkins Jr   January 19th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

If I could think of one word that sums up my advice to our youth, that word would be PREPARE. As of this moment, your possibilities are limitless, but you must be ready to seize this opportunity! So go out and prepare yourselves, and no more excuses!


hugh ~ california   January 19th, 2009 1:16 pm ET

I know most Americans agree it is only fitting to honor the man with Martin Luther King Day. How magnificent a speech it was that Dr. King delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on that glorious August day in 1963. As a young boy I watched it at home on television with my entire family. It is without a doubt one of the greatest speechs in the history of our nation. Most of us remember the last words of that great speech, but I'll never forget when he kept repeating "Let Freedom Ring!" I was so moved by his words. It was such a great day for America, and although Mr. King was taken from us some five years later, his words and spirit will live forever.


Jyoti   January 19th, 2009 1:33 pm ET

Did President Elect Obama really say-"Let's get out of here" immediately after saying 'ThankYou" upon finsihing his speech in Ohio on Saturday? I was watching this on CNN and heard that and for a moment couldn't believe he said that. Although I am a HUGE fan of Obama, but I did not like that comment.


barbara   January 19th, 2009 2:34 pm ET

i have never been so proud to be an american as i have been these last few days. seeing people from every walks of life coming together is quite an experience. no it is awesome! seeing President-elect Obama standing in front of hundreds of thousands of people giving his speech and watching everyone standing in front of him looking up as if we are having a new beginning and some hope was like looking at something you would see in a movie ,it didn't seem quite real. i dont think i have ever seen anything like it before, and for all of those entertainers coming to perform for free, that says alot for our new president. what a day


mahmoud jboor   January 19th, 2009 4:13 pm ET

i followed the election day on 4/5th of nov. all the night until speach given in chicago....the people of US were great and proved they are great nation deserve to guide the world,...and believe me in that night i shared rev. jakson the same tears of happinies and admiration to this great democracy...BUT:
the world now is in amess ,so we need adifferant attitude ..an honest approche....a mercefull hand for healing the wounds easing difficulties .....and areal &firm intention to communicate not through wars but through peace and understandig that priorities must be the interests of normal citizin in US and peace , prosperity to all people of our world....may god guide mr. obama for the best ....


Joe G. (From Illinois)   January 19th, 2009 5:08 pm ET

Even the Devil himself is happy to shut the doors behind himself.. So many smiles.. So much happiness.. I still say Fear God.. Ciao


Greg Jones   January 19th, 2009 6:18 pm ET

OBAMA PROVES WHITES
NOT AS PREJUDICED AS WE THOUGHT !

By Greg Jones
(originally written/released March 24, 2008)

" There's no way America would vote for a black president !.....America's not ready for a black president." That has historically been the sentiment and attitude shared by the majority of blacks in America due in part to the fact that we have always been under the assumption that most whites are so prejudiced that a black president in America would just never happen. But one of the most incredible things that has arisen through Barack Obamas campaign has been the vision of mass numbers of white people at each of the Obama rallys showing great love and support for this credible, intelligent, gifted, strong leader....who happens to also be black. It has been incredibly eye-opening and uplifting, and it, for the first time, shows us blacks that we have actually been wrong in our assumption that most whites are prejudiced toward us. Guess what ? Although you do have the exceptions to the rule, the fact is....most whites ARE NOT racist toward blacks. This is a very important revelation. VERY !!!

We, as blacks have held on to our injured history, which we rightfully feel was caused by whites, to such a degree that we have never had the opportunity to see or learn that the prejudiced attitudes of whites does not exist today like it had in the past. We just didn't know. We knew that a lot of whites like black music. We knew that millions of white women love Oprah, but we thought that was just a 'woman thing'. But in all honesty, we had no idea, until now, that white people of all ages....even older ones...could be as supportive of a black candidate as they have shown in great mass. We, as blacks have been wrong !

And now, to my black brothers and sisters....It's time for us to acknowledge this extremely important revelation...In other words....all whites are not prejudiced !!! In fact, MOST whites aren't ! I know, it's hard to believe because of our lifetime of thinking differently....but these are the facts. Just look in the eyes of the whites at Obama's rallys. You see a true warmth, compassion and true support for this man....who is black. What this means is that most whites have risen above the racism of old. Now, it is time for us, as blacks, to rise up as well. Of course, we as blacks will have the specific cases of injustice and prejudice as displayed through examples like Jena 6, Genarlow Wilson, Katrina and the like....and specific cases like those should be dealt with accordingly. In regards to economic, educational and criminal injustices and institutional racism....we still have a long way to go. But we must not continue to allow certain negative occurances to misdirect our minds toward thinking that these negative examples speak for the entire white race. The majority of whites of today are actually on our side !

Obama's campaign has already won by proving that whites and blacks can not only get along....but can work TOGETHER....toward a better tomorrow...for us all. And guess what my black family....America IS ready !!! (originally written March 24, 2008)

Greg Jones

Update: YES WE DID !
p.s. Special Thanks to the great folks of IOWA !


Cassandra   January 19th, 2009 6:44 pm ET

Larry,
This inauguration means unity to me. There are approximately 26.9 million African Americans in this country per the census. That's not enough to elect the president. Let's remember not all of them are eligible to vote. So Larry, I would like to say thank you to the Caucasians, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and all others who helped to make this a historical event for African Americans and all Americans.


Susan Scarpinato   January 19th, 2009 6:48 pm ET

I can't help but wonder why we are not refering to Barack as the First Mixed President. He is half white and only met his father once. He was raised by his mother and white Grandmother. I feel sorry for them that he has forgotten where he came from. He is the first half Black/half White President and that is it.


Joseph   January 19th, 2009 7:15 pm ET

What upsets me the most is that Obama has forgotten 50% of who he really is. He was raised by a WHITE Mother, who didn't abandoned him, hence the Black Father. And raised by White Grand Parents.

As a Mixed Race American I have never forgotten I'm part white and black. Nor would I call myself an African American. I'm a Mixed race American and very proud of it.

How one identifies with the standard " Black " father who like 73% of African American Men don't properly care for, live in or support their children over a parent who does, is beyond me.
But, no-one in the press is Man enough to ask the question.

Tuesday we have a new President, who is not African American, but a mixed race American. So, before you put him on a pedistal, lets see what he does first. At this point he's nothing any more special than the last 43 before him.


scott   January 19th, 2009 7:15 pm ET

I understand that this moment is one that will live forever and truly shows how far America has come. But that's the problem?? Everyone wants to look at this as a race issue, it's not!!! Barrack Obama is an inspiring man, and a true leader that is, and was the best candidate for the job He will repair and rebuild America both at home and abroad. I watch the news and I just see interview after interview that just show one side of the story. Forget race, and recognize that not only African Americans think of this night as historic and grand!!!! Good luck Mr. Obama and best wishes from a Canadian who thinks that the power you are being granted has little to do with the color of skin and everything to do with the strength that lies within you. To all Americans good luck, and to the African American community the dream is here, but don't allow the moment to further divide, but to unite all of America as one.......


JJ   January 19th, 2009 7:44 pm ET

This is the Cap Off of all of us standing as one. And voting in Mr. Obama as President. We saw this Picture last year. The strangest part of this event. All of a sudden, there are whites that are claiming Mr. Obama's white side. I guess that they finally get it. A Presdent is for All People. Not for a certain race or People. A lesson has been learned. America is growing up......


hugh ~ california   January 19th, 2009 7:56 pm ET

@ Joseph:
This I'm not black if I'm half white argument has been getting old since the campaign trail. Most of the people making this argument are probably white. Sorry if I don't pity the white folks bias! Stop all this nonsense and divisive rhetoric. The man is bi-racial. Get real, there are still white racists in America who think if someone is half black, they are black. They don't say here's the half-white guy. Since Obama is half black he's still black, whether you're a racist or not. Quit this idiotic argument. Your divisive statements can in no way be uniting America, they are just plain divisive!


Kelli from Tampa   January 19th, 2009 8:00 pm ET

It was positively my pleasure Cassandra to vote for Obama. I only wish my dad were alive and we could have cast our votes together!


Janice   January 19th, 2009 8:14 pm ET

Inaugeration means to me that the dreams that once spoken by Marin Luther King Jr. "I Have A Dream" today dreams are spoken "Yes We Can" meaning we can do whereever it takes to change the world. W as the people hae come together one nation under God to unleash the dream of the past. Ths inaugeration seem like the million man march but,today it will be call american billion plus march as we the people come together on this special day of Martin Luther King Jr birthday. Inside OBAMA lives a spirit of martin Luther King Jr dreams for all american to come together to watch the first black young spirital man that God has place in this inaugeration as the forty fourth President the leader of one nation Under God. Free at last! Free at last! thank God O' Mighty Free at last!


todd   January 19th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Mr. King
I just want to know why it is so important that we have an African American President and not just an American President. MLK did not want separation but united and with this classification of the President being African American causes for separation in that the new President is only for black American when in fact he should be for all Americans, white, black, red, all races with in this great country. I would like all Americans to view this President as there own and not just for one race.


SusanTX   January 19th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I truly do NOT believe Obama would want this to be a "Black" thing going on....he would want "Equal"....the news coverage does not look "Equal" to me...


curious1966   January 19th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Larry

Tell Arianna we love her !!

curious one


Alie McLean   January 19th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I would like to give Mr. Combs many thanks for his postive impact on the election this year with his get out the vote effort. Though I am aware of his tremendous status in the music community, I am indeniably moved by his use of this status to inspire others to vote and give themselves a voice in our political process. Three years ago I left my marketing career in New York City to move to my home town of Colonie, NY to get involved in the political process. He should be thanked by the entire youth community for being such a positive role model in this election. Mr. Combs, I thank you and I wish you all the best in your efforts.

Sincerely,
Alie McLean
Albany, NY


Kelli from Tampa   January 19th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I think the the inaguration is terrific for our country. Healing on SO many levels!! I love it.


barbara from new york city   January 19th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

This Larry King Live show is OK but frankly, I attended an Ivy League school in the late 1970s/early 1980s and there WERE african american students then, A guest on this show just implied via comment that NOW a glass ceiling will break and the dream of attending Harvard can become a reality. I would like to argue that this has NOT been the case for YEARS. When I was in college (same years as Obama) there were MANY african americans, and there was NO glass ceiling. I am about the most race blind person I know (moreso than most uber liberal people I know) and yet, I must point out that the african american students THEN exhibited very little to NO interest in integrating themselves with the rest of the school. How about teaching the next generation all around – caucasian, african american, asian, middle eastern , etc. to be color blind and consider a person for whoever he or she is?


Dixie Shaw   January 19th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Why does everybody think this is the asnwer to MLK's dream? This is only the beginning of his dream. He never said he wanted a black president. He wanted unity and that takes the people not the president.


Saundra   January 19th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I can not explain how I feel, Saddness and Joy! As history in is the maling, some part of me would like to hit a "pause" button. What a joyful feeling see people from ever part of the world come together as one. As a black americian, my mind can not conceive so I'll just continue to dream; until I'm transported to where my grand and great grand parents are to see the smile and tears that must be all over their faces at this monent in time. My hope is that we all put forth an effort to make a change in our country for the better. God Bless to all and may God protect our new President and our great land!
Saundra,
Barbourville, KY


Joey   January 19th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I am a teenager and have never expressed as much interest in politics as I have over the past year. It has now became addiciting to listen to Barack Obama's speeches and ideas that he expresses to the people of our country. No matter what steps he takes in his journey to get this country back on track, his biggest asset is his ability to enstill confidence into our citizens and the possibilities he brings to the table when he can get everyone involved. If our country can open our eyes as a whole, Obama will be our magic key that can open any doors that our imaginations desire


Kelli from Tampa   January 19th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Oh I love the piece that you just did Larry. Some are either too young to remember (or have never had a history lesson) about the significance of tomorrow's inaguration. As I have said before I wish my dad were still alive for this. We would be sharing my Kleenex box. Obama is a man to trust and believe in. He does the right thing and I as so happy to be calling him President.


Dixie Shaw   January 19th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I am a white woman that heard MLK's speech. My great grand parenys taught me to respect all people black or white. My great grand mother would have taken a switch to me if she caught me being disrespectful to the black lady that lived down the street or any other black person. I was to call her Miss Annie just like all the white women we knew. A black president is not going to change that. It has to be taught in the home and that is the part that's missing. I support Barrack completely but lets get real people. Teach your kids, your neighbors kids, your nieces and nephews, and any other child you come in contact with to judge the person by his character not the color of his skin. Only then will Dr. King's dream be answered.


Dixie Shaw   January 19th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I am a white woman that heard MLK's speech. My great grand parents taught me to respect all people black or white. My great grand mother would have taken a switch to me if she caught me being disrespectful to the black lady that lived down the street or any other black person. I was to call her Miss Annie just like all the white women we knew. A black president is not going to change that. It has to be taught in the home and that is the part that's missing. I support Barrack completely but lets get real people. Teach your kids, your neighbors kids, your nieces and nephews, and any other child you come in contact with to judge the person by his character not the color of his skin. Only then will Dr. King's dream be answered.


JRal   January 19th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Curious,,,who is the greatest President in recent history? Or doe we have to go back 100 years?


L. Kyle   January 19th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Larry,
Your off-handed comment to Seal following your question – "oh you just think we're still part of the colonies" was clumsy, if not rude. Firstly, it couldnt be more obvious that Seal doesnt feel that way. It seemed like you were taken aback by his command of the language and were pandering to the audience. Secondly, nobody drops such a line accept for pretty uniformed folks who wish to show they have a little historical perspective. Pls dont dumb down! Its demeaning to the viewer. Finally, we should treat foreign guests with respect and civility. We need to set an example that isn't just brash.
Louis


Frank Martinez   January 19th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Larry,
The Barack thing is not about celebrities/rich/connected. It is about the average guy/lady who works 60 hours a week and try to get their children educated and have a clean/decent home. The real hero is my dad who didn't miss a day of work whether sick or not but paid his taxes because he came to this country and said I will follow the laws and raise my family.
I was an Artillery officer in the U.S.Army and went I left High School my football coach says I think you can become a good plumber. I didn't fight/whine but I was determine to follow my father and be better than that.
Larry, let's have some average folks on your shoow.
Frank X Martinez, CPA Ist LT U.S.ARMY 1965 through 1970


linda navarro   January 19th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I took had to take off from work tomorrow to watch this incredible man become the 44th President. He isnt, nor will he ever have to be a miricle worker. His personal ethics and sence of decency for all people will create a human chain that will change this country into a new vision of hope . With this President, every american will have a voice and feel empowered to use that voice with sincerity and honesty. He is a model of truth for all Americans..


Emma   January 19th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I am an Irish person living in Canada and would like to explain why I think non-Americans are glad that Barack Obama has been chosen as President. I am not expecting President Obama to wave a magic wand and solve all problems. I am however, convinced from what I have heard and seen of him, that he is a thoughtful person and is willing to listen to the point of view of others. I feel he will negotiate first and go to war last and everything in between will be given every effort. He seems like a person who does his homework and will understand the complexities of the middle East be they cultural or religious or political and I feel the leaders of these nations will find it easier to speak to President Obama. I wish him and the American people a bright future. Emma M – Calgary, Alberta, Canada


barbara from new york city   January 19th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I'm pretty tired of celebs also.


elk   January 19th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Hi Larry

I just wanted to say that I think Seal is very well spoken and I am enjoying listening to him on your show


Tamara   January 19th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Thank you, Larry King Live, for some great commentary on the eve of such an historic inauguration. I am proud to be an American for the first time in at least 8 years, and I hope that the hope so many of us feel now carries this country to new heights.

You are featuring many distinguished, intelligent, well-spoken guests on tonight's show. I think we should be proud of all of them – those who've helped pave the way for those coming into power now and those who are beginning to show us a new way to be! We need to take this hope and really hang on to it!


barbara from new york city   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

p.s. – the asian markets are cracking again. the world's financial and economic mess is SO complex...I hope people understand that no one person, president or otherwise, created this and none can cure it overnight. good luck.


Suzy Wong   January 19th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Larry,
I am very upset at the coverage that I have watched on this day. I am only seeing this turn into one race, African Americans. I thought that this was a historic election victory for everyone? Why is the coverage, reporters, commercials and celebrations only covering the African American aspect? Apparently, there will not be any change for the whole American population, but for the African Americans only. I stand up for my Asian friends, Vietnamese, Chinese, Caucasian and Latino friends.

Suzy


Tamisha   January 19th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Larry i'm a huge fan!!!! your show tonite was excellent, i was touched, especially the part where you drank and sit with the colored. Keep up the good work.....


anjali gupte   January 19th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Hi Larry ,
A Great moment in History and a great personel moment for all of us who adore him,May god bless Pres Elect Obama and may god bless the united states of America a s our hopes and dreams are linked to him in this moment of crises


Cheri Choche   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I have been in tears all day, I am on Secondlfe, my heart has been racing all day. I feel like I am somebody NOW, I feel I will be respected. And that has never happened in my life. Larry King, thank you for bringing everything to the forefront, and not backing down to pressure. And Ted Turner, thank you. My heart is racing so fast but, I am scared, really scared. But, I feel good. America is now what I have hoped it would always be. Now, I love the United States of America and I will be one of those who will do what I can to make it better.

Free at last, free at last thank God Almight I am free at last.......


Elease, Arkansas   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

While the bottom line might seem astronomical, I think the benefits to Washington is also astronomical. The vendors, hotels, restaurants, airlines and bus lines are all benefiting from this historical event. What lies in our future is to been seen and I believe that only people who are haters could find something wrong with what is happening. We have supported our presidents down through the years and the inaugural activities do not need to be the things that we use as a dividing point. Let's stay united.


mayhamilton   January 19th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

No one has ever talked about his white grandparents who raised him

He is half white and half black so he will be a President for all people

He will be a GREAT President May God watch over him.


CORT   January 19th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

HERE'S WHAT SO SPECIAL TO ME ABOUT THIS WHOLE THING.
MY PARENTS WERE BORN & RAISED IN ATLANTA. KNEW MKL & WHEN TO SCHOOL WITH HIM & HIS BROTHER. MY PARENTS ALSO HAD TO SIT ON THE BACK OF THE BUS & DEAL WITH ALL THOSE JIM CROW LAWS. THEY MARRIED AND MOVED
TO NYC (HARLEM). RAISED THREE SUCCESSFUL DAUGHTERS. THEY GET TO SEE THIS SPECTACULAR EVENT IN THEIR LIFETIME!
HOW GREAT IS THIS COUNTRY! THEY NEVER THOUGHT THEY'D SEE THIS DAY, BUT IT DID COME. GOD CONTINUES TO BLESS AMERICA. THANK YOU MR. KING.


Sylvia Dufresne   January 19th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Barack Obama's refreshing idealism, intelligence, compassion and strong moral character have made him beloved firstly in the USA, by your closest neighbours in Canada, and around the world. But we grow weary of the emphasis on the great victory for African Americans. Barack Obama is of equal caucasian heritage, his upbringing and success as a human being belongs to the 50% of his parentage that was white. He is loved and admired, not because he is partly Africa-American, not because he is partly caucasian. Those factors aside, he is respected and admired for himself. I wish the press, especially the television journalists, would quit raising the victory flag for African Americans with his success. I remember when JFK became President, the great fuss was 'a Roman Catholic President' but that soon was long overshadowed by his personal strengths and achievements. I hope the same will happen for Barack Obama. He is as much a part of my ancestry as he is of the African American ancestry. And we are all North Americans. Let me love him too, without African-Americans claiming him as their own.


Abid Bohra   January 19th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

President Obama is spending $150M to biggest party of his lifetime, so what look it this way DC economy will be richer by +- $ one billion dollar. very profitable business.


Daniel Sheehan   January 19th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

As a Canadian, I want to congratulate America on the wise choice it made in choosing Obama as your next president. Finally a light in so much darkness. As always, though, America makes the best "glossy brochure" in the world. Your media has hyped Obama to the level of near Messiah. He is a good speaker and he inspires hope, but he hasn't done anything yet. Save your praise for the PROOF in the pudding.

Another thing...if change is truly to come to America, it must first acknowledge and make amends for it's original sin that set it on a course of unbridled greed from its very beginning–the outright genocide of the original native peoples of the land and the theft of all lands and territories of these same original people.


SAUSS   January 19th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

AMAZING! SEAL IS AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT! I love him performing the song, "A CHANGE IS GONNA COME". The second the song was available on ITUNES I just had to purchase the video. YES, It's been a long time coming, but, a change is gonna come. PRESIDENT ELECT BARACK OBAMA is not SUPERMAN, however, he is the ONE RIGHT MAN to get this party started!
I LOVE YOU SEAL!!!!!!!!
TAKE CARE........
I'M OUTTA HERE,
SAUSS, FIRE IN THE HOLE-------------****************************SHA BANG SHA BANG!!!!!!!!


Pamela Draves   January 19th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Amidst everything else, I have never heard a Sam Cook song done better than how Seal just did it. Just another amazing event in an amazing time!
Thank you for that.


lisa   January 19th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

larry,

your show was well put together tonight and contained many positve messages....however, I challenge you and your staff to present the same ideas and viewpoints from just ordinary citizens. I believe that many people are tired of having celebrities speak for or pretend to represent us....The whole premise of pres. elect obamas' ticket is to represent main st.( americans)...celebrities are not main stream they are exceptions. I think its time the media starts paying attention to this notion.....perhaps it is where we can finally find the unity we're all seeking!!!!


carol kesling   January 19th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

god bles us "each and every one"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and god bless the u.s.a. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


sue hoque   January 19th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

OK. I like Obama, but if he wanted us to believe he really intended to bring change, would he have spent $150 million on a 12, 14 hr day..... ...Please
That could change our country in one day and help thousands of families. What a waste of money. I am now so sad now that I know that.


Diane   January 19th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Yes, Larry mentioned Sam Cooke, but, why wasn't Sam Cooke given enough respect, to at LEAST have his photo among the others, shown on the background screen? This wasn't Seal's song...nor was it David Foster's song. It was Sam Cooke's song. In prior performances, Seal didn't even mention Sam's name (Oprah).

Seal did a good performance, but, I feel the respect, for Sam Cooke, should have been included.


Victoria   January 19th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

This seems ot be becoming a black/white race issue – so the more I see CNN, the more I'm starting to feel excluded of what is happening ...this was my happiness and party too...you keep saying it, but I don't see it in the images or words you guys have been saying...it looks like the US Is only made up of African Americans and White non hispanics, yes, some parts of the country are, but many others, large chunks of it, are....Where do you think we got the chant "Yes we can!" ?

Tomorrow will be a wonderful, proud day for ALL of us...we voted for Obama to represent us too...I still have to fight for equality, something I don't get, at work..every day, I struggle to try to get to the top of that mountain...so please, just be a little bit aware of this...you are excluding a large, important part of the population from your images...as if we were invisible..as if we were not part of this...and sirs...your message seems to be that MLK's dream is here only for african americans and non-hispanic whites, but not for the rest of us...so I'm starting to feel I really don't have anything to celebrate? Please, don't take this away from the rest of us. This is and AMERICAN celebration – all races, all backgrounds made this happen.


hokeypokey   January 19th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Greg Jones........YOU ARE SO RIGHT....spread the word....Us, as whites are not what our ancestors were...We Love You, Obama and black music and the way you dance and just the coolness every black person I met has....


Mernon T   January 19th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Hi Larry,I love ur show.

Let me say something about Barack Obama. He is amazing, my tears flow like the river, when I sow the MLK Day story. God's divine plan has met the dream of Martin Luther KIng through Barack Obama. If I am not exaggerated, his story has a similarity to the story of Joseph.

Barack means blessed in Ethiopian language, {Amharic} very ancient language. I think very close meaning in Hebrew language too. I am so happy!! Congratulation Barack Obama.Congratulation America the land of opportunity ,I wish I could be there in DC in this historic moment.

God Bless.
God bless


Phil & Rose   January 19th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Hello Washington, have fun tonight. Tommorow We all need to thank God for a new day in this country. God bless the obama's


Christian   January 19th, 2009 11:21 pm ET

This inauguration is the re-inauguration of the people.


Cosette Frazier   January 19th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

The transformation into "the symphony of brotherhood" of which Dr. King spoke of in his 1963 "I Have A Dream" speech is finally being realized. We as a nation have transformed during this historical election into a country that has shown why it is so great to be an American. Let's keep the inclusive spirit alive and abandon the partisanship of politics.

Cosette Frazier
Troy, Alabama


Connie   January 19th, 2009 11:47 pm ET

This is such an exhilerating time in my life and the life of my children, and id just like to add to the comment reguarding "obama being half white and half black", raised "with white side of family". Well my children , also half were only looked at as "black". theres no school form for "half of anything". However, my son wrote and thanked me after Obama's win, and he was so thankful to be alive and to be apart of this time in history, and he called me , his white mother, his "hero.
". it took 34 years for my son to find his color to be accepted by our country. also Michele obama was born and raised in chicago, and i find they compliment each other to the fullest. what one may lack the other has in abundance. we are so blessed and god bless america .its about more than one color. its all colors and obamas has them all......................yes. Oh, Seal's song was breathtaking. thank you.


Samson Anifowose   January 19th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

God bless the Obama's on this historic moment and God bless America and the Americans. Only in America a dream like this can be materialized. The type of unity I am seeing among Americans shows that this is the best nation on earth. This is really the full fledge meaning of America " United we stand"' God bless America.


Hassan Nitami   January 20th, 2009 12:14 am ET

We, the people of the Middle East and North Africa, are expecting a lot from the new president. I hope Mr. Obama fulfills all his promises and all his dreams. God bless you all.


PC   January 20th, 2009 12:18 am ET

As proud as I am in the accomplishments of Barack Obama and the voice of the American people, there is still a different end of the spectrum that has a young black man being shot in the back on camera. We must still bridge the gaps between the educated, well known and the common black man that is viewed differenly every day. By no way should these events overshadow the political accomplishment, but we must continue to address the prejudices that still exist.


Elizabeth in California   January 20th, 2009 12:20 am ET

MLK said he saw a country "where a man will be judged by the content of his character rather than the color of his skin." I think Obama's election is a testament to that aspiration. However, I think that judgment has yet to permeate our day-to-day interactions and decisions made in corporations. I think we are moving in that direction but we are not "there."
Elizabeth


deb   January 20th, 2009 12:40 am ET

What does this inauguration mean to me? We have elected a leader with heart, not driven by a lust for power, but driven by bringing forth the better angels in all of us. Even though our country is fragile, I am confident that we made the best choice at this moment in time and I am once again a proud American. During the inauguration festivities these past fews day I have felt a unity in this nation that brings tears to my eyes and makes me believe in the words Obama echoed throughout his campaign "Yes we can."


Sarah   January 20th, 2009 12:46 am ET

To Seal: I adore your music and have been a fan for 10+ years...therefore I somewhat resented your statement that the "young" generation of Americans elected Barrack Obama.

I beg to differ. The "baby boomers" elected him. We are the ones who always knew that sometime, someplace, somewhere our vision of a president would come true.

And it has.


Raymond   January 20th, 2009 12:50 am ET

I am excited about the inauguration and can't wait for tomorrow!!!


Victoria Cook   January 20th, 2009 12:56 am ET

I sit here tonight remembering when I was ten and we heard the news of Dr. Kings death and we all thought the dream had died with him. My heart is filled with awe and wonder tonight as I sit here with tears in my eyes because part of that dream has become a reality. When my 1 year old grandson grows up he "could become president". President elect Obama is a reality that I never thought I would see in my lifetime and what really makes it great is that he will be sworn in on my birthday. Praise be to God and may he watch over the Obama family in the days and months to come.


M. A. Stacey   January 20th, 2009 1:04 am ET

America must not inaugurate a black man!

We are inaugurating a Man, whose father happened to be black and married to a white woman.

The media, by playing up Barack Obama's black genes, has reincarnated the issue of race, a muck in which we cannot afford to get drawn again.

Most of us voted for Sen. Obama as a Man who brings hope to our nearly bankrupt (financially, spiritually, and morally) nation, not because of his exotic name or father's ski color.

Thanks for your consideration.
MAS


ravi   January 20th, 2009 1:29 am ET

RE: Jane's Comments about whether the Inauguration for Barack Obama is for a king or president....?

First, January 20th is a historical rite of passage for civil rights – that's why the pomp and status. More importantly, after 8 years of oppressive rule, the election of Obama feels like a catharsis from ignorance, divisiveness and partisian politics.

Second, if the troops from Iraq and Afghanistan returned, they would be treated to a hero's welcome since it would mark an important time in America's history....hence no different for Obama's inauguration which also marks a turning point in America's history.


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