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Critics, Beyonce and Inauguration

January 24, 2013

Day before inauguration

Day before inauguration

I was able to pull some strings and get a couple of tickets to inauguration and witness the different levels of adoration people have for the First Family. There were tons of balls and parties to go to, as well as many street vendors to buy from. It was congested but not chaotic. People got along despite the chilling cold, long standing, tight traffic, crowded subway and intense security screening. At the end of the day, though tiring, it was a great experience and I decided to end it with a visit to the Martin Luther King, memorial.

It’s no secret. I’ve never held back that I don’t agree with everything our President says or does. But that’s natural. Many great kings were made and great decisions from them emerged out of being contested. That’s my belief and what I firmly do at 100% is give his position and his office the full respect it deserves no matter where my opinion falls. Perhaps it’s my conditioning as a former military soldier. You can disagree with the man but remain loyal to his seat. The story about Lupe Fiasco being thrown off of stage while engaged in a 30-minute anti-Obama rant baffles me. Why would he do that? Is it ego or prophecy? There is a fine line between prophet and paranoid. When I hear of stories like these I wonder what the person is. There was Noah and there was Harold Camping. Anyways, I digress.

Martin Luther King MemorialSo then I returned to Atlanta to decompress and to my amazement the critics were all over what President Obama didn’t say and what Beyonce didn’t do. I just don’t understand it. When will we ever say, “Job well done!” Are we so bent on our personal opinions that no matter what strides someone makes we can’t simply say, “Job well done” and leave it at that? Really??? So President Obama didn’t talk about a jobs plan… Do you realize he was swearing into his second term as president??? So Beyonce allegedly lip synched. Really? In the famous words of retired NBA player Allen Iverson, “What are talking about here, practice?” Do we not realize she was asked to sing at a historic event in front of millions of people while some of us sit at home wishing we only had tickets to get in? So she simulated a song she sang previously, like the president simulated a ceremony he did the day before.

Invite and TicketsI would be like Jay-Z too; sit there and smile at the accomplishment of my wife, whether or not SHE is the only reason I was also allowed to sit among statesmen at the Capitol.

When it’s all said and done, I enjoyed being there. I was glad to have been given the opportunity to have such access. It’s 2013! What are you planning to do? Are you planning to make accomplishments, get access, get invited or are you having more fun criticizing the success of those with a different opinion of you. Good Luck!

Devin Robinson is a business and economics professor and author of “Power M.O.V.E.: How to Transition from Employee to Employer.” You can reach him at

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2013 9:40 pm

    Professor Robinson when you took part in second term with president Obama, that’s was a true blessing. You know why we get so negative? It’s how we get treated. The truth, how you treat yourself, is step one. How you allow others to treat you is step two. It was a great day and I pray we all can move forward from this day. It’s truly time for CHANGE, and the only way we make CHANGE, is though Us~Congradulation First Family~

    • February 2, 2013 1:55 pm

      The term is “congratulations.” IJS

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