by Karl Dobias
In 2009, everybody was excited about the inauguration- Washington DC was a hotbed of celebrity sightings, free concerts, and brunch specials that left the city gridlocked for days.
In 2013, a lot of the Obama love has died down, and a second inauguration seems more tedious to the nation’s capital than you would think.
I walked around U Street yesterday, a hotbed of activity in Washington DC known for good food, good clubs, and good people. As I made my usual stops at such DC landmarks as Ben’s Chili Bowl, I was quick to notice that people didn’t seem to be as happy as they were just four years before. There was a certain dullness to what is usually a hopping neighborhood.
Frankly, the country isn’t too happy with Obama right now. Deciding to enact an executive order on gun control less than a week before his inauguration may not have been the best idea on his part, but it was his decision and it’s something he believes in.
Many of his critics say that finding a way to step on the Second Amendment isn’t a great way to start a presidency, but we’ll see what he can deliver. Conservatives aren’t too thrilled with him right now, and that’s understandable. Nobody likes feeling like their rights are being trespassed upon, but you need to cut Obama some slack.
He doesn’t want to take away any of YOUR rights, he wants to do what is best for the country. Maybe in twenty years when mental health is handled better in this country, we’ll be able to remove some of the regulations that everybody fears, but you need to give it time.