"Too long, the dreams of Americans have been denied, too long our nation's promises have gone unfulfilled," the president said during a White House news conference, in a nationally-televised speech that left several reporters wiping away tears at the unprecendented historic signficance of the moment. "No longer will we watch our children grow cynical with disappointment, nor see our senior citizens despairing of hope."
Flanked by congressional leaders -- including Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who was visibly moved with emotion -- the tall young president gestured dramatically as he declared: "America will wait no more. We must act now. For we the people, are the people, whose time, at last, has come."
After a standing ovation from the assembled journalists, President Obama went on to say that congressional leaders had agreed to "initiate an expedited agenda" in order to approve by next Tueday emergency legislation creating and funding the new department, its fiscal-year 2010 budget projected at "eleventy kazillion dollars," according to a senior administration official who spoke at a subsequent briefing.
Describing the new department's mission as "pursuing world peace . . . ensuring social justice and . . .restoring America's image abroad, an image tarnished by eight dark years of neglect," the president named veteran Connecticut statesman Sen. Christopher Dodd as secretary-designate with Cabinet rank.
As Secretary of the Department of Unicorns and Rainbows, Dodd will face "daunting challenges in this time of crisis," the president said, referring to the distinguished silver-haired senator as "one of our nation's most visionary leaders." . . .
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