Obama’s Inaugural Day “Firsts”

Oh, you know the obvious one: Barack H. Obama is the first African-descent President of the United States (POTUS).  But this is but one of many “firsts” we saw on January 20, 2009.

  • Obama is the first POTUS born in Hawaii.
  • He is the first born in the sixties.
  • He is the first POTUS of whom it may be said “he got game.”
  • Obama is the first POTUS to serve as editor of the Harvard Law Review.
  • He is the first to have a wife named Michelle.
  • He is the first to not have ever faced military conscription.
  • Obama is the first POTUS to know how to dance.
  • His inauguration was the first to have been covered via “live blogging.”
  • His swearing in was the first to be attended by a massive, f-ing horde of people.
  • It was the first to feature a song by a woman wearing a flying hat.

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See what I mean.

  • He is the first POTUS to have a last name beginning with “O” (really, with any vowel other than “A”–damn you Chester A. Arthur!!)
  • His is the first inauguration of my kids’ lifetimes (I know, but it’s big for me).
  • He is the first to not have a first name based in European culture.
  • He is the first to have a parent who practiced a faith that did not worship Jesus as God.
  • Obama is the first POTUS to have lived in Indonesia.
  • He’s the first to have siblings who are half-Southeast Asian.
  • He is the first POTUS to have worked as a community organizer.
  • His swearing in was the first for Chief Justice John Roberts.
  • It is also the first to have been botched by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
  • This is the first inauguration where more than 2 nonwhite people spoke/performed (Aretha Franklin, Yo-Yo Ma, Elizabeth Alexander, and Joseph Lowery).
  • And, finally, Obama is the first President of the United States to be wise in the ways of the force.
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2 thoughts on “Obama’s Inaugural Day “Firsts”

  1. i heard obama speak at a rally in nevada right before the election and next to me was a family (a couple: 2+ gen latino and a white woman with their 3.5 year old mixed-race boy-child). after some pleasantries on hillary, “latins,” caucusing, and the political landscape of rural nevada, i asked the very enthusiastic son “why do YOU like obama?” to which he replied: “because he’s the king of the draaaagggoooonnnsss!!!” and i’d like to think it was that moment that made me the proudest of my obama vote. in any case, if this young wise child is correct then obama might be the first potus who is also the king of the dragons.

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