Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama slides safely into office

Barrack Obama's presidential inauguration went off today without any problems, except some minor glitches when taking the oath of office. While much of the world was captivated, I had to admit that I was fairly unexcited for the event. I am, of course, excited for the man, and the change and spirit that he represents. But it will be (at best) months or maybe even years before substantial solutions to America's great problems are in place.

My greatest worry was perhaps a silly one (though not one to be ruled out, I think): that Obama would be assassinated during his inauguration. Chortle if you must, but the 44th president of the United States of America seems like a fairly high risk target for assassination.

Certainly, he is popular (not just in America, but globally)... but JFK was popular too, and that didn't stop him from being assassinated. Obama represents change, and whenever someone with power truly means to shake things up, there is bound to be resistance. There are also the less rational prejudices floating around - that Obama is too liberal, too Black, too... Muslim? As preposterous as these claims may be, they demonstrate reasons to be concerned about Obama's safety. Though we like to think of Western society as being civilized and upright, many high profile individuals have been assassinated over the years - we can be a lot shadier than we like to admit.

There were also Hillary Clinton's controversial remarks during the race for the Democratic presidential nomination back in May, which some interpreted as anticipating Obama's assassination and her succession therafter:

"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it," she said, dismissing calls to drop out.

So what does it take to keep a president safe? Apparently, 42,500 police, soldiers, sailors, national guardsmen, and undercover agents; surface-to-air missiles; fighter jets; gunboats... and one sexy, new Cadillac limousine.

Obama's ride is a tank in car's clothing. What kind of defenses are this Batmobile wannabe "Cadillac One" packing?
  • 20 cm armour-plated doors, as heavy as cabin doors on a Boeing 757
  • Five-inch reinforced undercarriage able to withstand roadside bombing
  • Kevlar-reinforced shred-and-puncture resistant tires with steel rims, enabling the car to escape at speed even if the tires are blasted away
  • Armour-plated gas tank filled with specially designed foam, preventing explosion even after a direct hit
  • Night-vision cameras
  • Stowed-away shotguns, tear gas cannons, and vials of Obama's blood for emergency transfusions!
  • 30 L/100 km fuel efficiency (to compare, the 2009 Toyota Matrix rates about 8.1 L/100 km)
  • $545,000 price tag
Of course, that'll only keep him safe as long as he stays in the car...

1 comment:

Teddy the Blog-Junkie going on Blog-Rehab said...

dude i was thinking where's Tuesday's blog? (it's wed now) i thought uh oh, u're skipping tues entry. ur going down a a slippery slope man. professional blogger should do it rain or shine, or even with impending exam(s) of doom...

and i need my daily (blog)-fix too man. if i go into blog-rehab, i'm not ever coming back again :(

o.. but 2 senators did pass out during the inauguration

peace out