Obama Can't Win 'Em All

Some conservatives can't get into the spirit of unity for the inauguration

By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 18, 2009 1:12 PM CST

(Newser) – Washington will be swimming in champagne for the inauguration Tuesday, but some conservatives are warning merrymakers to stop drinking the Obama Kool-Aid, Politico reports. “While we’re sitting around the campfire and trying to sing Kumbaya, our country is slipping away from us,” said one. Another predicted, “The first time Obama uses the bathroom, Newsweek will do a five-page spread.”

Referencing the nation’s problems, Tom DeLay said that if Obama were “serious” about changing Washington, he would forgo the lavish festivities and say, “I'm going to have a nice little chicken dinner, and we'll save the $125 million.” One conservative shared some advice for politicos: “You can take a sip of Kool-Aid. But on Jan. 21, let's get back to business.”

President-elect Barack Obama boards his plane at Washington's Reagan National Airport, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009.
President-elect Barack Obama boards his plane at Washington's Reagan National Airport, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President-elect Barack Obama arrives at Cleveland International Airport in Cleveland, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009.
President-elect Barack Obama arrives at Cleveland International Airport in Cleveland, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President-elect Barack Obama, right, talks with the Washington Post editorial board Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009.
President-elect Barack Obama, right, talks with the Washington Post editorial board Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009.   (AP Photo/Pool, Bill O'Leary)
President-elect Barack Obama gestures during his meeting with members of his economic team at his transition office in Washington, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.
President-elect Barack Obama gestures during his meeting with members of his economic team at his transition office in Washington, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
President-elect Barack Obama waves after visiting soldiers at Marine Corp Base Hawaii on Christmas Day in Kailua, Hawaii Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008.
President-elect Barack Obama waves after visiting soldiers at Marine Corp Base Hawaii on Christmas Day in Kailua, Hawaii Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A street vendor holds a handmade wooden puppet that pictures the elected 44th President of the United States Barack Obama at an open air market in the Bulgarian capital Sofia on Dec. 20, 2008.
A street vendor holds a handmade wooden puppet that pictures the elected 44th President of the United States Barack Obama at an open air market in the Bulgarian capital Sofia on Dec. 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/Petar Petrov)
The early-morning sky brightens on the West Front of the Capitol during a rehearsal for the Inauguration Ceremony in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009.
The early-morning sky brightens on the West Front of the Capitol during a rehearsal for the Inauguration Ceremony in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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I think we're going to be treated to hagiography for weeks if not months. The first time Obama uses the bathroom, Newsweek will do a five-page spread.
- Erick Erickson, blogger

Yeah, sure, we can be happy that we've taken another step in the racial progress, but I just am not about race, quite frankly.
- Richard Viguerie, conservative activist

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