19
Jan
09

30 fakta seputar Obama dan Inagurasi

20 Januari 2009 akan menjadi hari besar bagi warga Amerika. Barrack Obama yang identik sebagai icon perubahan akan dilantik menjadi presiden Amerika ke 44. Kemeriahan sudah terasa sejak 5 hari sebelum pelantikan dan akan terus berlangsung hingga 5 hari setelah pelantikan. Sejumlah artis ikut memeriahkan perayaan di Washington DC, termasuk Beyonce, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen hingga Stevie Wonder.

Keamanan super ketat melibatkan 58 agen keamanan berbeda-beda, termasuk dari angkatan darat, udara dan angkatan laut menerjunkan ribuan petugas bersenjata ke dalam kota. Pagar pengaman, detektor logam hingga televisi layar lebar didirikan mulai dari Capitol Building dimana upacara pelantikan akan berlangsung, hingga ke Lincoln Memorial. (transkrip pidato bisa dibaca di akhir tulisan)

Warga Amerika nampak larut dalam keceriaan, melupakan resesi dan peperangan yang sedang terjadi, menyambut harapan perubahan yang akan di bawa oleh presiden mereka yang baru – Barrack Obama. Dari hasil jejak pendapat yang dilakukan oleh New York Times 79% responden percaya Obama mampu memperbaiki situasi di Amerika – sebuah dukungan yang lebih tinggi dibandingkan dengan presiden-presiden yang terpilih selama tiga dekade terakhir.

Beberapa fakta seputar Barrack Obama dan pelantikannya sebagai Presiden Amerika:

01. Upacara pelantikan akan dilakukan di Capitol Building – gedung berkubah putih tempat anggota kongres berkantor, baik para anggota dewan perwakilan rakyat maupun anggota senat. Obama akan disumpah menggunakan Alkitab yang juga digunakan untuk melantik Abraham Lincoln sebagai presiden Amerika.

02. Barrack Obama akan berkantor di Gedung Putih, yang dibangun oleh presiden kedua Amerika – John Adams, berdasarkan desain arsitek Irlandia James Hoban.

03. Menu makan siang setelah pelantikan disediakan bagi keluarga presiden dan 200 orang tamu, diantaranya: menu hidangan laut, daging bebek hingga cinnamon apple cake. Menu makanan dilengkapi dengan wine yang disediakan oleh America’s Duckhorn winery.

04. Franklin D Roosevelt adalah orang yang paling banyak dilantik menjadi presiden Amerika. Roosevelt menjalani 4 kali pelantikan (1933 – 1945). Saat ini undang-undang membatasi bahwa seseorang diperkenankan hanya 2 kali dilantik menjadi presiden Amerika.

05. Obama hanya memerlukan waktu 5 menit saat pengambilan foto resmi kepresidenan yang biasa dipasang di kedutaan-kedutaan besar, kantor-kantor pemerintah, kapal laut hingga pesawat ruang angkasa.

06. Bingkisan pertama yang akan diterima Obama setelah dilantik menjadi presiden adalah tas kotak berisi kode rahasia untuk mengaktifkan senjata nuklir Amerika. Kotak hitam ini akan dibawa masuk ke Capitol Building oleh aparat militer bersamaan dengan datangnya presiden Bush.

07. Diperkirakan lebih dari 2 juta orang akan hadir menonton acara pelantikan. Namun jumlah itu bisa berkurang karena cuaca yang kurang bersahabat.

08. Jutaan orang akan menyaksikan upacara pelantikan dari jauh, melalui 22 televisi layar lebar yang sudah disiapkan.

09. 9 pemimpin agama ( 5 Kristen, 2 Yahudi, 1 Hinda dan 1 Muslim ) melakukan doa bersama di Katedral Nasional.

10. Obama dan ibu negara akan menjadi tuan rumah dan menghadiri 10 pesta dansa untuk merayakan pelantikannya . Pesta dansa yang berlangsung pada hari Selasa malam ini diperkirakan akan berlangsung hingga jam 3 pagi. Selain itu juga diselenggarakan 14 pesta dansa unofficial, termasuk hip hop inauguration ball yang pertama.

11. Resimen Infantri ketiga yang dikenal dengan sebutan The Old Guard akan memberikan 21 kali tembakan penghormatan setelah pelantikan presiden.

12. Pelantikan presiden terakhir diwarnai dengan demonstrasi protes anti perang. Demo terlama dilakukan oleh 178 demonstran di Lafayette Square. Polisi tidak membubarkan aksi damai yang berjalan selama 3 jam dan membiarkan demonstran kedinginan.

13. Obama akan tetap mengantongi Blackberry, meski sudah diingatkan oleh petugas keamanan bahwa alat komunikasi itu sangat tidak aman dibawa oleh seorang presiden. Meski demikian Obama tetap berkeras untuk membawa Blackberry nya selama dia menjadi presiden dan berjanji akan mematikannya pada saat pengangkatan sumpah.

14. Suhu udara yang mencapai -14 derajat celcius diharapkan bisa menghangat saat pelantikan. Kemungkinan 1 : 6 akan turun hujan dan 1 : 20 akan turun salju.

15. Selain pasukan keamanan, panitia pelantikan sudah menyiapkan 15 kendaran pengangkat limbah, yang mampu mengangkat 105 ribu galon limbah manusia.

16. Dalam sejarah Amerika 4 presiden dilantik untuk menggantikan pendahulu mereka yang meninggal dunia.

17. 58 lembaga keamanan seperti angkatan udara, darat, laut, marinir dan penjaga pantai menyiagakan lebih dari 17 ribu anggota lengkap dengan senjata anti serangan udara.

18. Secara kontroversi, Obama telah menunjuk Rick Warren, seorang pastor yang menentang hak-hak gay, untuk memberikan doa sebelum pengangkatan sumpah.

19. White house menyediakan lapangan basket, agar Obama tetap bisa memainkan olahraga kegemarannya ini ditengah kesibukannya sebagai presiden. Lapangan basket terletak di dekat jogging track yang dibangun pada masa kepemimpinan Bill Clinton.

20. Souvenir Obama menjadi salah satu sektor industri yang tumbuh dengan pesat. Mulai dari piring, topi dan berbagi bentuk souvenir lainnya. Koran New York Daily News dan komik Spiderman yang menampilkan sosok Obama pun langsung habis terjual hanya dalam waktu satu hari.

21. Optimisme warga Amerika terhadap Obama adalah yang tertinggi dalam 31 tahun terakhir. Survey New York Times mengatakan, 79% responden percaya Obama akan menjadikan Amerika lebih baik.

22. Untuk menghadiri upacara pelantikan, Obama menempuh perjalanan sejauh 138 mil dari Philadephia, Baltimore, Delaware hingga Washington. Abraham Lincoln juga menempuh perjalanan panjang selama 12 hari untuk dilantik menjadi presiden di Washington.

23. Pastor kulit hitam Joseph Lowery, 87, yang juga teman dari Martin Luther King akan memberikan doa penutup dan menandai panjangnya perjuangan melawan rasisme.

24. Naskah sumpah pelantikan presiden Amerika terdiri dari 35 kata: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Artinya kira-kira: Saya sungguh-sungguh bersumpah bahwa saya akan setia menjalankan tugas sebagai Presiden Amerika Serikat, dan akan memberikan yang terbaik dari kemampuan saya, melestarikan, melindungi dan membela konstitusi Amerika Serikat. Biasanya diakhir sumpah ditambahkan kata “So help me God”.

25. Tercatat ada 15 buku biografi tentang Obama, diantaranya His Dream of My Father yang tercatat sebagai posisi 3 buku best seller New York Times dan The Audacity of Hope di posisi keempat.

26. Presiden Amerika ke 39 Jimmy Carter akan melakukan tradisi berjalan kaki dari Capitol Building ke White House setelah upacara pelantikan presiden. Jarak tempuh jalan kaki ini diperpendek untuk menghindari serangan teroris.

27. Presiden Bush sempat dikabarkan tidak mengijinkan keluarga Obama menginap di Blair House, rumah yang biasa digunakan sebagai tempat menginap tamu kenegaraan sebelum hari pelantikan. Keluarga Obama berharap bisa menginap di Blair House agar putri mereka bisa segera bersekolah segera setelah liburan selesai. Akhirnya, keluarga Obama harus melewati 5 hari pertama mereka di hotel di Washington DC.

28. Presiden Bush menyatakan akan hadir dalam upacara pelantikan Obama. Dengan demikian hanya ada 4 dari 43 presiden Amerika tidak bisa hadir saat penggantinya dilantik karena meninggal atau sakit.

29. Presiden pertama Amerika, George Washington dilantik di New York 30 April 1789, karena pada waktu itu Washington DC belum berdiri. Presiden pertama yang dilantik di Washington DC adalah Thomas Jefferson pada 1801.

30. Barrack Obama, akan dilantik pada 20 Januari 2009 sebagai presiden Amerika ke 44 dan presiden pertama Amerika yang berasal dari kalangan African – American.

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Transkrip pidato Obama

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and co-operation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms.

At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we, the people, have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

Serious challenges

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the

ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.


These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

“We have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord”

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

Nation of ‘risk-takers’

We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labour, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and travelled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and ploughed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

‘Remaking America’

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

“The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift”

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.

Restoring trust

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.

We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals”

The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control – that a nation cannot prosper long when it favours only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart – not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

‘Ready to lead’

As for our common defence, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and we are ready to lead once more.

We will not apologise for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defence”

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with the sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint. We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort – even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the spectre of a warming planet. We will not apologise for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defence, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

‘Era of peace’

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

‘Duties’

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honour them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

“What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility”

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.

What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

‘Gift of freedom’

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed – why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have travelled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world… that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive… that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.

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20 Responses to “30 fakta seputar Obama dan Inagurasi”


  1. 2 tehthe
    Januari 20, 2009 pukul 6:58 pm

    Mas Alex kenapa ko Obama harus pegang kotak kecil yang berkaitan dengan nuklir, memang ada tujuannya? trims atas jawabnya

  2. 4 Yep
    Januari 21, 2009 pukul 9:11 am

    Bagus banget tulisannya Mas…..TQ

  3. 5 rasgar
    Januari 21, 2009 pukul 9:13 am

    Tapi aku sedikit kecewa dimana didalam pidato yang pertamanya sebagai Presiden AS tadi malam, dia tidak menyinggung masalah yang terjadi di Timur Tengah khususnya Israel vs Palestina, padahal kejadian itu merupakan kejadian yang sangat besar di awal tahun ini dimana begitu banyaknya korban yang berjatuhan dari Palestina sebanyak kira 1.500 org, dan kebanyakan korbannya adalah warga sipil dan anak-anak. Kenapa waktu pidatonya semalam dia tidak menyinggung itu? dan tidak ada kata yang terucap (prihatin) dari mulut obama mengenai korban sebanyak itu? ada apa? apakah karena AS dan Israel terjalin hubungan yang erat? makanya aku tidak berharap banyak dengan Obama menjadi presiden AS terhadap masalah yang terjadi di Palestina.

  4. 6 Ph!duT
    Januari 21, 2009 pukul 9:50 am

    owh begono toh *wink*

  5. Januari 21, 2009 pukul 10:35 am

    keren infonya…selamat buat Obama !!

    Kunjungi Blog qu jg :

    http://putracenter.wordpress.com

  6. Januari 21, 2009 pukul 10:52 am

    kotak hitamnya ngeri tuh… klo obama nglindur dan kepencet gimana tuh? 😀

  7. Januari 21, 2009 pukul 10:57 am

    Menurut CNN, alkitab asli sudah dimuseumkan dan tidak digunakan lagi untuk melantik Presiden

  8. Januari 21, 2009 pukul 12:03 pm

    nice post..
    mau lihat mobil kepresidenan Obama ?
    kunjungi http://dalmuji.wordpress.com/

  9. Januari 21, 2009 pukul 12:50 pm

    Wah, salut mas, bagus banget postingnya, niat banget, sampe dapat 30 fakta lagi *mohon petunjuk*

    Sepakath sama dobelden, ntar kalo Obama nglindur trus ndak sengaja ngaktifin gimana????

  10. 12 pattikawa
    Januari 21, 2009 pukul 1:24 pm

    Selamat atas pelantikan Om Obama sebagai Presiden America yang ke 44 mudah-mudahan dengan presiden yang baru ini gejolak Timur Tengah bisa di atasin agar kita bisa hidup dalam kedamaian dan terpuruknya resesi ekonomi aminn

  11. 13 fakhriirsyahismail
    Januari 21, 2009 pukul 1:43 pm

    Obama=Amerika=Israel=…..Jawab sendiri

  12. Januari 21, 2009 pukul 4:51 pm

    mending ngebahas fakta presiden indonesia aja dah….
    pengin tau infonya nih tentang presiden indonesia

  13. 16 Rozi
    Januari 21, 2009 pukul 4:51 pm

    terima kasih boss beritanya.

  14. Januari 22, 2009 pukul 2:27 am

    nih ada pakaian stocklot terMurah kualitas eksport, di mahanistock.tk,
    obama juga sempat liat liat koleksi pakaiannya, bagus2 katanya
    heheh..

  15. Januari 22, 2009 pukul 10:30 am

    kenapa seluruh orang di dunia ini begitu senang obama jadi presiden???? perasaan ga bakalan ada efeknya…..tetap saja dia hanya akan memikirkan negara nya sendiri…bukan negara orang laen.


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