Actually, it is special. “It” being this story:
President Barack Obama’s inauguration generated an unprecedented 35,000 stories in the world’s major newspapers, television and radio broadcasts over the past day — about 35 times more than the last presidential swearing-in — a monitoring group said on Wednesday.
The Texas-based Global Language Monitor said there had also been 6 million new Obama-related mentions on the Internet since December 31.
By comparison, the last U.S. presidential inauguration, of George W. Bush in January 2005, resulted in about 1,000 stories in major media worldwide, Paul JJ Payack, president of Global Language Monitor said.
In all fairness, President Bush was yet another Southern governor to win the oval office. In fact, in 2000 he was the third Southern governor elected since just 1976. So, stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before and all that. Plus, even in 2000, there were millions of Bush voters who didn’t exactly like or trust the guy — I was one of them.
Obama is the first black President, the first man (that we know of!) of mixed race, the first from Illinois in ages, the first big-city guy in almost as long, the only one I can think of whose father was a foreign national — and a foreign national with a Muslim background, to boot. No matter what your opinion of him, he’s big news.