I like the choice of Rick Warren to give the invocation at Obama’s inauguration ceremony. Obama continues to impress me with the way he is navigating uncharted territory. First, he announces he will be sworn into office using his full middle name. Now, he taps an evangelical preacher, who asked him tough questions at Saddleback Church to give the invocation.
In one stroke, Obama has given notice to both ends of the ideological spectrum; he is not going to pander to the anti-church left and he is not going to alienate the evangelicals that have long been identified with the Republican Party.
If he hasn’t proved it before, Obama reminded everyone that he is a game changer. He has gotten uberliberals and the Christian fundamentalists fuming over a prayer that will last for only one minute. No one has been bright enough, or organized enough, to out maneuver him over the past two years. Has there been a Blagojevich story today? Things that make you go hmmm. As they say in my neck of the woods… don’t hate the player, hate the game.