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There are 322 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 17, 2009, titled Name about the only thing likely to change Political horns iden.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

So we Americans mark the political liturgy in which we celebrate the exit of a president we've become tired of and the coronation of the cool new guy.

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Bessie

Aurora, IL

#1 Jan 17, 2009
It was "transparency" Obama shouted at every rally and I'm sure this President will live up to his campaign promises, there will be no secret's in his office. He will be the first President in American history not to ever lie or have a secret from the public. Unless he uses the same dictionary as Bill "I did not have sex w/that women" Clinton, maybe "transparency" means somthing else...maybe he'll have to "change" from cellophane to aluminum foil.
Butterflywithsor efeet

Springfield, IL

#2 Jan 17, 2009
Great article Mr. Kass. You know you are doing a good job when you take fire from both political parties.
NoConservativePr opaganda

Chicago, IL

#3 Jan 17, 2009
Maybe the only thing to change is the name, but that changes everything.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 Jan 17, 2009
John Kass, he's so funny. He decries the so-called "nanny state", but was sure big on Congress getting involved in the Teri Schiavo fiasco.

Since: Jun 08

Evanston, IL

#5 Jan 17, 2009
Amen, brother.
I was just thinking last night before bed that how quickly our nation has become a bloated government bureaucracy on all levels governing a litigious society, reliant on big brother to solve its problems.
The biggest problem with government is government. It does not create wealth but sucks the wealth created by its citizens, with the exception of the privileged few who can afford high-priced tax lawyers or lobbyists to pay legislators for tax loopholes.
With Obama's promise of more government, we could in one generation become a metamorphosis of socialism or worse, a one-party state such as communism.
Now that would be ironic.
It's time to rise and organize. How about a thrid party?
Mee

Skokie, IL

#6 Jan 17, 2009
You were GREAT on Chicago Tonight!
Goody

Lisle, IL

#7 Jan 17, 2009
John: thank you. To quote the famous poet Patrick Swazye from the classic movie Red Dawn; “blind faith in your leaders will get you killed". People want a savior. They want to believe and they want hope. But believing that a President will save us is naive and scary at best. Our problem is that we are ignorant today. We listen to pretty people telling us "their interpretation" of news. History will dictate for us. I wish Mr. Obama nothing but the best similar to I wish my airline pilot nothing but the best. You see, my very future hangs on some of the choices he makes. So of course I want things to go well. But I am so sick of Americans who get their knowledge from Cable news and so called "experts". Read the constitution. Check out the Declaration of Independence sometime. I am not so sure that our "taxation" is really truly backed by "representation". Maybe its time to tip the Tea back in the Harbor. Instead of England, we are now Taxed by China. Where do you think the “stimulus money” is going to come from? You and I are owned by China. And God for bid they decide we are not credit worthy or “call the note”. Freedom is what we are founded on. We have lost that concept along way as well. Have fun celebrating the Obama inauguration. It truly is historic. But do so with open eyes and recognize your bills, you job or lack of one, and your dog will be waiting for you just like every other morning.
sowhat

Northbrook, IL

#8 Jan 17, 2009
Bessie wrote:
It was "transparency" Obama shouted at every rally and I'm sure this President will live up to his campaign promises, there will be no secret's in his office. He will be the first President in American history not to ever lie or have a secret from the public. Unless he uses the same dictionary as Bill "I did not have sex w/that women" Clinton, maybe "transparency" means somthing else...maybe he'll have to "change" from cellophane to aluminum foil.
You sort of forgot about Rahm leaving the country once his name came up in connection with the Blago affidavit. Not a good start.
IMHO

Aurora, MO

#9 Jan 17, 2009
jeez, dude. lighten up. he said his first act as president would be to order the closing of the detention center at guantanamo bay, where the american government has held people - without charges, without access to family or lawyers, without trials - for over five years.

what would your immigrant father, who fought fascism, have said about that? wouldn't he have been happy to see that stain removed from the flag of the country he loved?

and really, are the dems and repubs "warring" at the moment? can't you detect even the slightest difference in mood and tone from the past eight years?

call it "hopium" if you like, but why did your father come here in the first place? he may have been running from something, but he was also running to something because he had hope for his own future and for the future of his family.

and now you have tens of thousands of people organizing themselves to make an impact on this country, to address local problems with local solutions. they are not waiting for a nanny state to fix their problems. that is not the diminishment of the individual, that is a sublime expression of what individuals can accomplish.

maybe instead of drudge reports and anonymous fashionisti, you should get out and talk to some regular people. except that, your way, you never run the risk of being confronted with new ideas and different realities, and you never have to change your mind about anything.
Change-Chicago Style

Vernon Hills, IL

#10 Jan 17, 2009
Goody's comments hit home. John, you've nailed it once again. The "O" supporters are all struggling to get on the Fed gravy train that he's riding. Now they can expand the Fed Govt beyond their wildest expectations. Your Dad, and mine, from the same part of the world, would see right through the ruse. Maybe that's why we can see through it too. How many millions will be disappointed and angry when their savior can't deliver on his promises of salvation (i.e. the easy life)? Like our Savior of old, he too will be crucified I fear.
cynic

Ocala, FL

#11 Jan 17, 2009
Still waiting for Kass to list the excesses and crimes of his hero George W.
This is one pathetic column...or one more in an endless sour grapes series since Obama won. The majority of this country is ready to support him, but not bitter old Kass or his hate-addled fans.
I love how he'll throw in the Greek Resistance reference, as though that gives his war-wimp self legitimacy.
IMHO

Aurora, MO

#12 Jan 17, 2009
Change-Chicago Style wrote:
Goody's comments hit home. John, you've nailed it once again. The "O" supporters are all struggling to get on the Fed gravy train that he's riding. Now they can expand the Fed Govt beyond their wildest expectations. Your Dad, and mine, from the same part of the world, would see right through the ruse. Maybe that's why we can see through it too. How many millions will be disappointed and angry when their savior can't deliver on his promises of salvation (i.e. the easy life)? Like our Savior of old, he too will be crucified I fear.
did you cash your "stimulus" check from bush or did you send it back with a note saying "no thanks"? how did your gravy taste?
Clarence

Villa Park, IL

#13 Jan 17, 2009
The sea monster with two horns destroying everything. I love it as a definition of both the Democrats and Republicans. So why isn't the media critizing Obama for spending so much on the Inauguration when there are starving people who need medical help. The millions Obama is spending could have made thousands of jobs. So let's have the ball and forget change.
naschkatze

Bend, OR

#14 Jan 17, 2009
What a bleeping drag you are! You never talked liked this about your Boy George.
alex

Carbondale, IL

#15 Jan 17, 2009
Excellent column, John Kass.

I wish we knew more about your father. It must have taken great courage for him to come to this country to begin anew.
Steelpedler

Spring Hill, TN

#16 Jan 17, 2009
Kass you are absolutely correct. And people that always want to make this into a one-sided republican or democrat issue miss the real problems. They've bought into the smokescreens that both parties utilize to try and take the heat off themselves and stay in power so they can continue to milk the system.

A real solution to the monumental internal and external problems this country faces would require unprecidented non-partisan cooperation between the republicans and democrats. That will not happen, regardless of what Obama, or any other President, would do.

Our internal decay and external forces have every potential to bring this country down.
Michael R Cummings

Chicago, IL

#17 Jan 17, 2009
you are so tight JK, what can we do, I would fight to end this shit, I dont know I can do, I have little money but would be willing to help in any way, what say you?
cynic

Ocala, FL

#18 Jan 17, 2009
So an unnamed "fashonista" is quoted in an unattributed AP story...and for Kass that's proof positive that Obama is guilty of lavish spending on the Inaugural? Writing his poor would never have made it past the copy desk at a suburban weekly, but Kass' fans think it's brilliant.
Chi Town Conservative

Chicago, IL

#19 Jan 17, 2009
You make great points here, Mr. Kass. It seems people have abandoned common sense and support their party as though they were their favorite sports team.
And I agree with you that there is warring for power, but that is about it. During this election, John McCain refused to go after Pres-Elec. Obama on anything substantial. They basically were the same candidate in different skins with the younger, prettier one winning.
Give me a third party! It will probably only become the horn from the middle of the leviathan's head, but what other chance do we have to affect this country.
cignet

United States

#20 Jan 17, 2009
cynic wrote:
So an unnamed "fashonista" is quoted in an unattributed AP story...and for Kass that's proof positive that Obama is guilty of lavish spending on the Inaugural? Writing his poor would never have made it past the copy desk at a suburban weekly, but Kass' fans think it's brilliant.
The cynic must be off his medication. Apparently he doesn't read any of the news other than what he gets from Chris Matthews and their types. Kass is one of the few journalists who recognize the corruption that is big government. Someone said "it is good that we don't get all the government we pay for!"

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