Barack Obama Inaugurated – The Dream Comes True

As he stumbles with the oath of office: It’s a dream come true.

It’s the opposite of Martin Luther King’s ‘character, not color’ dream. But it is a dream come true alright. It’s a dream come true for the unqualified, race-baiting, and gay-bashing, and woman hating, Barack Obama.

For long-suffering Americans the good news is that George W. Bush is gone, gone, gone. The heart-breaking news for long-suffering Americans is that Barack Obama, sold by his Big Media masters as change, is The Third Bush Term.

In today’s laugh riot, dream come true article we cover The Godfather‘s Hyman Roth; the foolish Gay-Americans who voted for Barack gay-bashing Obama and the BHO HBO Robinson snub and how this all is connected to Caroline Kennedy’s dream; the TV show 24; Obama’s view of the seasons, the Big Media triumph, Rick Warren and much more.

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Last night on the TV show 24 the woman president said this: “Presidents don’t make new friends, they just lean on old friends.” So watch out America, if you judge Obama by his friends, watch out.

The long-time Obama friends, those of twenty years or more, still have to remain hidden. Of course Antoin “Tony” Rezko can’t make it to Washington because he is awaiting sentencing in Corrupt to the Core Chicago.

One big Obama friend who will be in Washington is Rick Warren. Rick Warren, another Obama friend who is a homophobe – who equated gay relationships to incest and child abuse, who is trying to destroy the Episcopalian Church, was given a prime spot at the inaugural to puff up his prestige quotient, and sell more books by giving the invocation today. This caused flim-flammed Gay-Americans and their supporters to protest.

Because of the protests, Obama had to try another of his flim-flams.

The flim-flam from gay-baiter Obama was to add a Gay-American, Bishop Eugene Robinson (Episcopalian – the church homophobe Rick Warren is trying to destroy) to a concert program in honor of Obama. But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum.

Eugene Robinson and Gay-Americans and their supporters got flim-flammed again. It’s is almost fun to watch gay Obama supporting blogs whine as they try to explain away the flim-flam and why it’s all good:

HBO says it was Obama. Obama throws it back at HBO in this statement I just received:

“We had always intended and planned for Rt. Rev. Robinson’s invocation to be included in the televised portion of yesterday’s program. We regret the error in executing this plan – but are gratified that hundreds of thousands of people who gathered on the mall heard his eloquent prayer for our nation that was a fitting start to our event.” — PIC communications director Josh Earnest

At least the Obama people think it important enough to weigh in, and that’s a good thing. A lot of good people were disappointed by this.

But other Hopium blogs get messed up trying to explain away the flim-flam:

Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson just addressed the issue on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. He said he had been in interviews all morning and no one — certainly not Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC — mentioned the snub. “I know very little about it,” said Robinson before telling host Neal Conan how he learned the news: “I had a delightful day meeting all the other participants in the program. … A little later in the morning I happened to see a schedule,” and it showed him giving the invocation at 2:25 and HBO cameras going live at 2:30 p.m. [snip]

As you will read below, HBO officials made it clear that they had nothing to do with the scheduling. Also, a caller to “Talk of the Nation” called in to confirm that NPR did not air the invocation, either. [snip]

Wait, it gets worse: Turns out half the crowd that had gathered around the Lincoln Memorial and could see Bishop Robinson give his prayer couldn’t hear him. “A malfunction in at least one massive speaker tower on the south side of the memorial left tightly-packed crowds on pins and needles chanting thunderously, ‘We can’t hear. We can’t hear,'” reported a blogger at NYTimes.com.

What a lucky malfunction for Obama.

This advice to Obama came from a gay supporting blogger, full of Hopium, was stark:

As I see it, the Obama campaign has three options when the outcry (which has already started) comes to a boil later today:

1. Claim it was a technical glitch, jumping on the Times blog item. This would not only be a cowardly route, but it would be quickly disproven by one of several possibly gay executives at HBO or a viewer who could point out that the show began precisely and glitch-free at 2:30 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: Option 1 is off the table. An HBO spokesperson told TVB, “The PIC (Presidential Inaugural Committee)made the decision to put Bishop Robinson’s invocation in the pre-show.”

2. Come clean and admit that they never intended for Robinson to be seen on national TV. Which would mean admitting that Obama cooked up an extremely cynical ploy to pacify gays — and straights like me who support gay marriage — with a press release. Well, it failed. Perhaps Team Obama will claim it had no idea Robinson would not be seen giving the invocation. But then what does that say of Team Obama’s vaunted preparation, planning, and chesslike working of all the angles?

3. Admit they screwed up and should’ve included Robinson on camera. If HBO had — for some reason — objected to having a gay bishop welcome all of America to “We Are One,” then the invocation could have been pushed until after the entry of the presidential entourage. Well, it would not be the first time Team Obama had underestimated a controversial clergyman … or the second. (How many presidents have gotten into hot water over their ministers three times before they even took the oath of office??)(

Whatever excuse the Obama people choose, exactly zero Americans saw Bishop Robinson on TV welcoming America to a day celebrating a president who is supposedly, to quote Colin Powell, a transformational figure.

And 150 million people will see Rick Warren do the same thing on Tuesday.

Some transformation.

BHO HBO seems to be in the news quite a bit lately. HBO is a good friend to Barack Obama and Caroline Kennedy.

Yesterday the New York Times published a new masterpiece in the shilling genre. The beneficiary of the shilling was Caroline Kennedy. The article portrayed Caroline Kennedy as a goddess with the common touch whose feet actually touch the ground. Caroline, we were told must have greatness thrust upon her because she is so demure and wonderful. We were informed (seriously, we are not making this up) that the demure Ms. Kennedy made a few forays into the field of self-promotion, which does not come naturally to her.

The quotes in the article are mostly from close Caroline Kennedy friends even as we were assured that Caroline Kennedy had nothing to do with the article. We suspect her paid flacks dictated the article and the New York Times merely published it, which technically might make the claim true.

Ms. Kennedy was neither surprised nor deterred by the initial “roughness of the politics, which might have made others dive under their beds,” her close friend Nicole K. Seligman, general counsel of the Sony Corporation, said. Still, she once again withdrew from the public eye and declined to be interviewed for this article.

We were further informed that Caroline Kennedy was a diligent student in law school who afterwards never practiced law but wrote pop books about law instead. Good friend Paul Kirk (yes that Paul Kirk of the Kennedy Library as well as the Presidential Debates Commission – you know the Commission that had most of the primary debates in Obama friendly sites like Chicago, or Howard University, and many many many African-American targeted debates and fora but not one debate specifically geared towards women) says it was Caroline Kennedy who “spotlighted” soon-to-be Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.

Close Caroline Kennedy friend Nicole K. Seligman, of Sony Corp., clues us in on how Caroline got that $90,000 job (the one she then worked for free because she did not want to reveal her finances as common city workers do). Nicole, it turns out, is married to Joel Klein who became chancellor of New York City schools. The job interview consisted of a visit by Joel to Caroline Kennedy and a walk on the beach in Martha’s Vineyard – the way common city workers get interviewed for $90,000 jobs.

But the article also provided some clues for Obama supporting Gay-Americans and their fellow Hopium addled addict friends.

“I think she’s constitutionally modest and constitutionally not a bloviator, and the ‘look at me’ part of politics is so antithetical to what she is,” said Richard Plepler, a friend who is co-president of HBO. “But don’t confuse that with a lack of passion or talent for making her case cogently and effectively.”

HBO is one of many Big Media outlets that has shilled for Obama for years. HBO did what it had to do to help Obama and screw his opponents. Bishop Robinson and Gay-Americans got screwed by both Obama and BHO HBO.

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Like any adept flim-flam man Obama does not want his past examined to closely, if at all. Obama wants us to forget what he did during the primaries. But it is difficult to examine Obama without looking at the primaries and general election campaigns because he has such a thin history to examine. Obama does not want us to remember nor discuss what he did or said during the campaign.

But what is even healthier and more necessary is the recognition that after the season of campaigning has ended, each of us in public life has a responsibility to usher in a new season of cooperation built on those things we hold in common. Not as Democrats. Not as Republicans. But as Americans.

Nice flowery words, but what happened during the campaign is not a seasonal breeze to be forgotten. The campaign defined Obama. The campaign defined Obama as unqualified, race-baiting, and gay-bashing, and woman hating. We won’t forget as if it were a seasonal snow. We know and will remember that

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

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Michelle Obama, in her inaugural gold empire waist dress, along with Barack Obama can expect a Big Media lovefest. Big Media got its man in. Barack Obama is Big Media’s tool. But the American public won’t be as lovey-dovey, even with Big Media shilling for Obama.

“I think Obama can count on a very long honeymoon,” said Mr. McKinnon, who also advised President Bush on media strategy. “I think he’s got about six months, which is about five and half months longer than usual.”

Our own AmericanGal provides much less, if any, time

You know, as Obama takes the oath of office I will be thinking that as President we will now have…

A man who has never held a serious decision making, executive office in his life, and yet will have been given the most challenging executive position in the world.

A man who in 1995 willingly started his state senate campaign in the living room of a famous domestic terrorist.

A man who 4 years ago completed a controversial and ethically questionable house purchase with the help of an individual under federal investigation (later convicted on other politically related misbehavior)

A man who served in the senate less than 4 years—two years of which was entirely spent running for President.

A man who just 12 months ago was a loyal twenty year member of a bigoted, politically extremist church

A man who just 11 months ago called his political opponent racist numerous times to win votes.

A man who just 9 months ago amassed the largest amount of political donations in history, many highly suspicious, and in amounts that are blatently illegal.

A man who just 8 months ago said “George Bush and John McCain have a lot to answer for” but less than one month ago now says “George Bush is a good guy”.

AmericanGal is clearly not happy with the coming nightmare. Martin Luther King would not have been happy with the race-baiting Obama and those who put color above character in judging whom to vote for. Martin Luther King did not have this dream, it was his nightmare.

Hyman Roth, a semi-fictional character in a Godfather film, would have thought today was a dream.

If I could only live to see it, to be there with you. What I wouldn’t give for twenty more years! Here we are, protected, free to make our profits without Kefauver, the goddamn Justice Department and the F.B.I. ninety miles away, in partnership with a friendly government. Ninety miles! It’s nothing! Just one small step, looking for a man who wants to be President of the United States, and having the cash to make it possible. Michael, we’re bigger than U.S. Steel.

The crime lords from Obama’s corrupt Chicago are now in charge – their dream has come true.

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351 thoughts on “Barack Obama Inaugurated – The Dream Comes True

  1. Hahaha

    Aretha sings “God save the queen” to Obama, how appropriate. LOL

    and Rick Warren, saying to Obama “to have the courage to have integrity”, that made me snigger.

    and Dick Cheney is no longer VP, Yeahhhhhhh, thats at least something today.

  2. so much for Mr. “cool head”. What’ll he do at the first crisis? Run screaming for Hillary. No doubt about it

  3. Spouse just reported that Precious has started off this auspicious and fraudulent reign by flubbing the oath of office. He had to repeat part of it because he got it all balled up without his teleprompter. He’s supposed to be so “cool” but I don’t know that any president has started with such a dumbass performance.
    I can’t stand to watch or listen.
    Does anyone know if any of our presidents has ever flubbed the oath of office?? Looks like all our suspicions are well founded; if anything, we have been too generous with him.

  4. In his defense, he was probably a bit nervous, lol. But if Hillary had done it we’d never hear the end of it.

    BTW, Hillary looks good in blue today. And she’s supposed to have a kick-ass gown on tonight, too.

  5. Hahaha

    Aretha sings “God save the queen” to Obama, how appropriate. LOL

    and Rick Warren, saying to Obama “to have the courage to have integrity”, that made me snigger.

    and Dick Cheney is no longer VP, Yeahhhhhhh, thats at least something today
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    But . . . . .

    “May the cure be not worse than the disease”–Miguel Cervanates (Don Quixote de La Mancha)

  6. I saw her come down the steps and nearly cried, i shouted at the TV in anger “it should have been you, not that thief”

  7. For those sanely not watching or listening, we are on the job.

    The speech appears to be a dud. The speech has lots of flowery words and it is difficult not to get chills from the invocation of names such as Concord and Khe Sahn. The speech is trying to sound tough and is ripping off the Kennedy 1960 inaugural speech. But the speech is a dud.

    Big Media will of course cite this as a great speech and they will link it to earlier great speeches (all Obama does is rip off earlier speeches and leaders). But the speech is not working. When Obama tries to sound tough he sounds petulant. He is trying to sound grand and instead reveals he is a poseur.

    The speech is also disjointed. It is hard to keep track of the themes because it is veering off all over the place.

    It’s a dud.

  8. agree, admin, he is all over the place. Didn’t he hole up for 2 days writing this? He needs those 26 years olds back again.

    He’s lost the crowd .. he’s rambling. Just a sign of things to come. He’s a media made president and when the going gets tough .. well, America your tough times are ahead

  9. Video of Obama taking the oath of office, stumbling. Michelle is wearing an empire waist dress which look like an upholstered sofa.

  10. At that level of media and for this mega important event, there are no screw ups, believe me. What happen, happened on purpose, and was a political move.

  11. The justice moved one word ‘faithfully’ to the end of the phrase ‘faithfully execute’ to “execute….faithfully”. It threw Obama so he just waited till it was repeated.

    I thought that I was going to miss Bush for his endless gaffes “Most imports come from foreign countries” — but we still have the Bidens. I am, however, going to have to pray to resist nasty comments on clothing made from hotel lobby rugs.
    If I were a juror, I would sentence MO’s designer to 4 years at hard labour.

    Ohh…good. The great orator has just stopped screaming. Somebody want to summarize his ‘inspiring’ speech??

  12. admin Says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

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    Thank you admin. I refuse to watch this fright show.

    And thank you for another stellar article on this fraud. Americangal is absolutely right!

  13. “Michelle is wearing an empire waist dress which look like an upholstered sofa.”

    LMAO! Well I guess it’s one step better than looking like a coat rack.

  14. Its almost as if, “oh well now i have the job, fuck the speeches, they’ll buy anything”

    He really didnt put any oomph into, it was almost like “now what do i do”

  15. “All about us is noise” – the line from the poem which is exactly right. This poem reeks.

    “We encounter ourselves in words” – what???

    We are being very objective here. We have our literary hats, not poltical hats on. The speech stunk and the poem following appears just as bad.

  16. Worst flubbing of swearing in I have EVER seen. Just the beginning. As my good friend jbstonesfan would say “We predicted this!!!”

  17. omg this guy is in charge and he can’t repeat a 32 word phrase.
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    The weight of the world is now on his shoulders–and he does not understand the full implications of that statement–how could he? This man who voted present 130 times and has never run so much as a hot dog stand. In due course, his fate will depend on results– not rhetoric. Mere words will no longer suffice. History is watching and big media stands impeached in the eyes of discerning people–those who do not believe in fairy tales, dragons and kings under enchantment.

  18. Michelle, she reminds me of that Carol Burnett sketch where she’s trying to find a dress before the man comes in and rips off the curtains, “i just saw it in the window” yup she’s wearing Laura Ashley curtains. The woman has no dress sense, can’t wait to see tonights disaster of a gown.

  19. I’m actually laughing that all those who have froze their asses off for the wait are getting THIS…haha.

    Karma comes quickly.

    However, you will narry hear one person in big media dare critic.

    He’s toast. He already has that air about him of “I’ve got it, who gives a flying fig now”…

  20. Swearing in, I’d have done some swearing in alright had i been there, swearing in about every language i could think off.

  21. upholstered sofa….hotel carpet….we had the same reaction. And I hate myself for saying so. I just can’t help myself.

  22. This kind of reminds me of when composers in the Bach era used to be hailed as the greatest musicians, and many of there works are never played now or even known. However Bach and others are now hailed as the masters, although not really revered at much in their time. Of course the same can and is said of Presidents. How you can hail this guy now, really blows my mind.

    The emperor has no clothes and his name is O, the fraud that would be and is now President. He has inherited one crappy economy, the likes of which has not been seen in a long long time. It will take more than a speech to fix it. Hail him when he has done something.

  23. We are being very objective here. We have our literary hats, not poltical hats on. The speech stunk and the poem following appears just as bad.
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    I think that young speechwiter of his was drunk and horny when he penned those Stanic Verses. In other words he was no different than usual. In the upside down world of big media bad is good and good is bad as long as those taxpayer bailout moneys are there when they need them.

  24. Michelle, she reminds me of that Carol Burnett sketch where she’s trying to find a dress before the man comes in and rips off the curtains, “i just saw it in the window” yup she’s wearing Laura Ashley curtains. The woman has no dress sense, can’t wait to see tonights disaster of a gown.
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    Moon you are in rare form today. How is this modern day adaptation of the Funeral Oration of Pericles going over in Turkey. Has he sprinkled enough fairy dust on Cypress to bring eternal peace to that contested piece of real estate. I have been looking for signs of an age of acquarius, but no one has told me yet that the lion is prepared to lay down with the lamb. I bet Putin is doing cartwheels between straight shots of vodka and hurling the glass against a stone fireplace.

  25. someone on msnbc actually admitted that the speech didn’t pop!!
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    Question: if the one thing he brings to the party is superhuman skills as an orator, but his his hour in the sun and his defining moment in history, he delivered a dud of a speech and mangled the 32 word oath– then the real question is: quo vadis–wither goes us–all of us. If ignorance is bliss (the bots) tis folly to be wise.

  26. admin Says:
    January 20th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    For those sanely not watching or listening, we are on the job.

    The speech appears to be a dud.
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    Admin, I am watching House ( can’t work either, too depressed) there was a comment on NQ of him ripping off a prominent line from Faulkner’s Nobel speech on one of train stops. No wonder it is disjointed — it is a patchwork of ripped off lines from others, no?

    Moon, looking at your first comment, my knees felt weak. I fear and resent this guy as much as if not more than Bush.

  27. I am at work, so I couldn’t watch the swearing in, but I caught some of the drama on C-span, before I left for work. Hillary looked wonderful. George HW looks very frail.

    The kids are adorable, but I have to agree with the comments on Mo’s outfit. She really, really needs a new designer. It looked like an outfit, more for evening.

    Work has blocked out big media, so I couldn’t watch, even if I wanted to. It will be repeated, ad nauseum.

  28. I am soooo glad that Bush is gone. I don’t think, BO will be able to live up to the hype, but I wish some successes, for the good and well-being of our country. Hillary will help to make him look good.

  29. MoonOnPluto, we have one word for those blaming the Chief Justice – potato. Dan Quayle potato. Quayle blamed his spelling mistake on someone else. Obama will blame the Chief Justice and/or the staff.

  30. DrudgeReport has the Lowery swipe at white people:

    Benediction at Obama ‘s inauguration, Rev. Joseph Lowery: ‘Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around… when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen’…

  31. Obama style unity:

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2009/01/carter-snubs-cl.html

    ABC News’ David Wright reports: Today may be a day when the nation briefly sets aside partisan enmity for the peaceful transition of power, but personal enmity? That’s another matter.

    One small example: as the ex-Presidents gathered in the crypt of the Capitol preparing to head out to the platform, a chilly day got a bit chillier as the Carters and the Clintons were forced to occupy the same cramped space.

    Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter appeared to greet former Republican President George H.W. Bush and his wife warmly, kissing Barbara Bush on the cheek. But as Carter passed fellow Democrats Bill and Hillary Clinton, the two men did not appear to acknowledge each others presence at all. A total snub.

  32. Hi, All:
    I agree – good riddance to Bush. Worst. President. Ever. History will not be kind to him.

    Onward. Agree about the speech…. didn’t they hype the fact that *He* wrote it himself?

    And, there were several references in his speech where I had to resist the urge to laugh out loud… about fairness (Florida, Michigan, caucuses) and rejecting corruption (Rezko, Blago, donations) and a couple of other things that I’m sure you all caught. I was watching in the conference room at our office…. with colleagues. So I had to just squirm in my chair.

    Theme song for the speech:

  33. The bots love MO’s dress; “the color is great on her.” “It is so beautiful.”

    Also, Roberts is being blamed for flubbing the lines.

  34. This is just the beginning of a tomb of bad moments, actions, and decisions, that obama will blame on others.

    Might as well start as he means to go on…

  35. Meanwhile, on Wall Street, no celestial choirs:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Wall-Street-falls-amid-apf-14102245.html

    After hearing the new president’s inaugural address Tuesday, investors continued selling, sending the major indexes down more than 2 percent. Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange paused at times to watch the inauguration ceremony and Obama’s remarks, but the transition of power didn’t erase investors’ concerns about the struggling economy. Trading volume fell during the ceremony.

  36. Everyone
    It will get no media attention whatsoever just as the 57 state flub was swept under the rug. yet months after the election the pathetic excuse for a journalist on CBS still aches to know what newspapers Palin reads.

  37. the Carters once again show their ignorance. Bambi will follow Carter pattern. I don’t know of one person who now respects Jimmy Carter. Years from now we will say the same thing about “the one”

    He better enjoy the honeymoon.

  38. Actually, that Carter snub has nothing to do with Obama; they haven’t been friendly for years. It’s still awfully tacky on Carter’s part, though. Check out the video. Both Carters snubbed Hillary, too, and she looks at them as if she’s thinking, “What bug’s up your ass?” Like it would kill them to shake Bill and Hillary’s hands? Talk about stuck up …

    blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2009/01/carter-snubs-cl.html

  39. Paula, Hillary looks likes she’s giving the Carters a go to hell up and down look! Love it.

    Bill and Hill and 20 times better than the Carters ever thought about being. Yes, Carter helped get Habitat for Humanity houses but they were built so crummy that they are falling down within a few years.

  40. Jimmy and Rosylin Carter shook G Bush and Barbrara Bush’s hands in the receiving line and then walked right past President and Senator Clinton without acknowledging them.

    Pricks.

  41. birdgal, See the video linked above. I respect what Carter has done in his postpresidency but his occasional holier-than-thou attitude turns me off.

  42. Comment from a ultra Obot on NQ
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    The line is supposed to be “faithfully execute,” isn’t it? That’s where the Chief Justice flubbed, sticking the “faithfully” onto the end of the stanza. I guess Obama had to decide whether to recite the line correctly (no doubt he had memorized it) or whether to say it like Robert said it.

    Oh well. Here’s hoping that’ll be the most embarrassing moment of President Obama’s term in office.

    Too bad it didn’t go perfect.

    Obama’s speech was a disappointment as well. Mediocre writing, not much on the delivery.

  43. we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around… when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.

    Thank you Admin for posting this “benediction”. I couldn’t believe my ears, I had to rewind. What a crock of shit. And then they all smiled and congratulated him.

    White will embrace what is right? Fuck off.

    Unity. My ass.

  44. Someone said Obama didn’t greet Hillary but I can’t imagine that means anything. She’s his SoS nominee, lol.

    BTW, It looked like Rosalynn was tempted to acknowledge the Clintons but decided to be as snooty as her husband. Keep in mind, this reflects on the Carters and them alone. Doesn’t look like Carter is as much of a Christian as he’s made out to be, does it?

    hwc, Don’t you love the look Hillary gives them?

  45. Anyone ever heard of Amazonmechanicalturk? A friend emailed the info today. Thought I might be interested in the ask a question part. Gives you three keywords from the news and you ask a question about the articles. Its all Obama today. They pay three cents per question. I have had fun making them all negative and so far in between reading I’ve made a dollar ten. Yeah!!! Don’t even need to read the article just come up with a related question to key words. Can’t fathom why such a thing would exist but if I can put something un probambi out ther I’m game.

  46. Nice flowery words, but what happened during the campaign is not a seasonal breeze to be forgotten. The campaign defined Obama. The campaign defined Obama as unqualified, race-baiting, and gay-bashing, and woman hating. We won’t forget as if it were a seasonal snow. We know and will remember that
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Admin’s words from above remind me that given Obama’s extremely light resume, his “skills” and “resume” being touted in the campaign was how well he ran his campaign. Chicken or the egg? Divide by zero. Does not compute.

    “I am qualified to run for President because, ahem, I’m running for President. And look how amazingly well managed my campaign is, for which I take all credit. Any of the numerous snafus, of course, were not my fault, they were out of my control. I greatly appreciate all the “cover” provided by the press (not “coverage”)”.

  47. Jimmy Carter and his wife snubbed President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton. Refused to even shake their hands or acknowledge their presence in a group of just three living ex-presidents and their wives.

  48. Mrs Smith,

    I was copying comments from the previous thread because a number of us kept commenting after Admin had posted a new article. Here are the original posters:

    rgb44hrc Says:

    January 19th, 2009 at 7:33 pm
    # HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

  49. Isn’t Carter an ordained minister of some kind? He and his small, small mind. I used to think highly of him at one time.

  50. I’,m eagerly awaiting the new layout ……

    I’m glad in a way this is over. Now folks will get to see the real Obama that we’ve been seeing for a while.

    Repubs already coming down hard on his speech!!!!

  51. This is a good day for us. Junior Birdman hit the wall with a clumsy flub of the oath of office, a crappy speech and poetry that doesn’t rise to the C student level. Precious had plenty of time and plenty of helpers to make this a clear demonstration of his speaking skills and his real plans for the future — and it was a thorough botch. Makes all of our earlier admonitions look pretty solid now. Even the most sophomoric bots are certainly going to take notice of this. Looks like Beloved Leader is heading for a serious dose of reality much sooner than he thought.

  52. The bots love MO’s dress; “the color is great on her.” “It is so beautiful.”
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    I have it on good authority the dress was a disaster. She has put on twenty pounds since she was fitted for it and the material broque does not give.

    I asked this fashion expert why she does not ask people who know fashion for advice. The response was she thinks she knows better than anyone else.

  53. birdgal, The link explains the Clinton-Carter backstory a bit. The Clintons aren’t particularly fond of the Carters, either, but they’d certainly never refuse to shake their hands. They have manners.

  54. Apparently, BO didn’t shake Hillary’s hand, before the swearing in. He shook Bill’s hand, but not Hillary’s. Anyone else see this? A poster on the confluence commented on it. It is so hard to be objective today.

  55. I spoke to a friend who taught communications at one of our prestigious college and watched this magnum opus.

    1. the speech lacked depth and continuity

    2. it was a cut and paste exercise

    3. the alliteation was tedious

    4. it was disjointed

    5. it was without nuance

    6. it failed to light a path forward

    7. it failed to invoke FDR

    8. he has no accomplished nothing

    9. he has not earned the right to say these things–it looks staged

    10.no spontaneous applause from his adoring crowd applause during speech
    (even bush got that in state of union)

    11.spent 2 days writing this speech? Bombed. Nothing memorable.

    12. full of Hennie Youngman one liners–shallow

    13. initial msm response is revealing–did not pop is an understatement–dud is better. Stunned silence at first.

    14. obama interrupted chief justice and that is the problem.

    15. oath was so bungled that Wallace asked if he is really president.

    16. cannot get past the issue of slavery–is that all he stands for

    17. (evil doers) will not prevail–classic bush moment–something for everybody

    18. no focus group–wanted to do it his way and by god he did. Just like MO.

    19. underwhelming: grade: C minus

    20. bad beginning to his presidency

  56. Line of the day from a RedStater on the live blog of the inauguration:

    “Now that my faith in America is restored, I’m gonna go stimulate the economy by buying a generator and some canned goods.”

  57. Birdgal, i saw this but the other half said he did but i’m sure he didnt even look at her. No love lost.

  58. Comments from No Quarter in regard to a theme on respect for the office of the pres and let’s all pull together and support the new pres for the good of the country kind of thing:
    Comment by islander | 2009-01-20 10:56:28
    I can respect the Oval Office without respecting the dirt that’s dragged into it. Larry, while shopping for vacuum cleaners, did you happen to see where we can get a really BIG one?

    Comment by islander | 2009-01-20 11:15:01
    “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” Where does it say I pledge allegiance to a president? He’s not there by Divine Right, he’s a public servant, he’s my employee. I pay his salary. As for my supporting him in his endeavors, he doesn’t need me — he and his party told me so while they finagled him into the job. How are we supposed to have any respect for people who behave like that? Yes, we have big problems in our country but we’re stuck with an under-qualified lying two-faced lemon of a leader, and we’ll just have to muddle through as we did during the Great Depression, that’s all.

    Comment by wodiej | 2009-01-20 11:19:25
    Amen to that….
    Comment by PKJayne | 2009-01-20 11:38:35
    I’ll second that Amen.

  59. You could put Michelle Obama in the best couture in the world and she’d still look like Wesley Snipes in drag in Too Wong Foo thanks for everything Julie Newmar.

  60. I spoke to a friend who is a professor of journalism at one of our prestigious universities. She had great expectations for the speech since that is the one thing he seems to do well. But she thought it was a real bomb. She said if one of her students had given it he would have received a c minus at best.

    She said it was not credible because he has not earned the right to say these things since he has accomplished nothing of substance himself. If this is the best he can do in two days work it is pathetic. If he relied on a 27 year old for this then the experience factor is missing.

    She said the speech lacked a coodinating theme. Instead it was a gerrymandered piece of nonsense. It provided no clear path forward at a time when we are facing a number of imminent disasters. The alliteation was poor, the poem was lousy and it had no punch.

    The reaction told the real story. There was no spontaneous applause at the end. The media was speechless for awhile. It did not connect-regardless of what they may try to say about it later. In a word, it was underwhelming.

    She said the bungling of the oath may well be an omen. Obama interrupted the chief justice and that is what the problem was. Chris Wallace said it was so bad he may not be president. But of course there are no do-overs–tragically for us.

    In sum, my friend agreed with Admin’s conclusion: the speech was a dud.

  61. # moononpluto Says:
    January 20th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    You could put Michelle Obama in the best couture in the world and she’d still look like Wesley Snipes in drag in Too Wong Foo thanks for everything Julie Newmar.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Ooooh. Snap!

  62. It would be just like Ted Kennedy to drop dead on inauguration day and steal the limelight, Obama looks worried, he’s talking about Kennedy in the past tense.

  63. no interim applause–only polite clapping at the end–and this was from an audience of true believers. Remarkable.

  64. moon
    thanks for everything julie newmar my favorite quote of the day about the outfit. I’d have said a wildebeast in drag but because the animal is indigenous to africa I would be called rascist.

  65. moononpluto Says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 2:51 pm
    Update its not Byrd, they corrected it, Kennedy has collapsed
    ——————————————————————————————-

    I saw him earlier, while watching c-span, before work. He didn’t look too bad. Seizures are part of having a brain tumor.

  66. wbboei Says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 2:54 pm
    no interim applause–only polite clapping at the end–and this was from an audience of true believers. Remarkable.

    ———————————————————–

    Most of the bots thought it was great speech, but they also thought MO looked divine in her attire.

  67. I think Kennedy is going to go within days, i think he held on for this inauguration, he’ll pop his clogs soon, just a feeling.

  68. moononpluto Says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 2:56 pm
    I think Kennedy is going to go within days, i think he held on for this inauguration, he’ll pop his clogs soon, just a feeling.

    ——————————————————————————–

    I agree. I wonder, if some of his power will loosen up, after he is gone? When he goes, the MSM will non-stop coverage and praise. Time for more buckets. Sorry, I couldn’t help it.

  69. Fox News Alert says both of them Byrd and Kenedy were wheeled out with seizures. First Byrd, then Kennedy with a reported seizure. The food must have been shit.

  70. This is to confirm that it was both Senator Byrd and Senator Kennedy that were stricken down…and yes, there was an open bar, so that could explain it.

  71. This statement is from a real bot:

    “Back from friend’s party with two Mimosas in me so excuse the emotion. I teared up during the last third of the speech, the part where he dealt with the world and our responsibilities in it and what we stand for. Without criticizing Bush directly he made it oh so clear what his values are. And what ours should be.

    I loved that speech.”

  72. oh please, that speech said nothing, its like Obama went to google typed in crap speech and pressed I’m feeling lucky

  73. lil ole grape Says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    birdgal, that’s a powerful emetic

    ——————————————————

    That’s what I thought. My stomach felt queasy after reading that one.

  74. Game bird and fish were on the menu, the same luncheon items that Lincoln served after his inaguration.

    —————————————–

    Funny Teddy had the same thing in that river in Chappaquiddick except he left a game bird swimming with the fishes instead of eating.

  75. just waiting for the hangovers

    maybe a week or two should do and then it’s back to SSDD

    to BushCO…adios MF you screwed the American people far too long.

    Factoid..Bush never vetoed a single spending bill his 1st 6 years and not a single one benefited the average American.

    I’m goona sleep for the next four years being awake with BHO is going to be a nightmare.

  76. Went to chiropractor this morning … not his jolly self so I asked how are you today? — you seem kind of down. And he said, it’s this inauguration — I have an awful weight in my stomach. I’m trying to keep up my usual chatter but I can’t get rid of this bad feeling.

  77. lil ole grape Says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 3:22 pm
    Went to chiropractor this morning … not his jolly self so I asked how are you today? — you seem kind of down. And he said, it’s this inauguration — I have an awful weight in my stomach. I’m trying to keep up my usual chatter but I can’t get rid of this bad feeling.

    ———————————————————————

    I guess, we’re not the only ones. The dow is down over 300 pts. Happy Days are here again, NOT

  78. Q. What’s an example of irony?

    A. Bruce Springsteen is scheduled to sing “Born in the USA” at Barack Obama’s inauguration.

    ————————————–

    Chief Justice Roberts: Knock, knock.

    Barack Obama: Who’s there?

    Chief Justice Roberts: Kenya.

    Barack Obama: Kenya who?

    Chief Justice Roberts: Kenya show me your birth certificate before you’re sworn in?

  79. Another slap in the face:

    WASHINGTON — A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Hillary Rodham Clinton will not be confirmed as secretary of state Tuesday because of a single senator’s objection.

    Reid spokesman Jim Manley said Republican John Cornyn of Texas has indicated he will block a move to confirm Clinton by an unanimous floor vote later in the day.

    But Manley also said there would be a roll call vote Wednesday. And he predicted that “she will receive overwhelming bipartisan support” at that time.

    The Senate does plan to confirm several of President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet by unanimous vote later Tuesday.

    from cnn.com

  80. Already disrespect to Bill and Hillary …much like the righties did for 8 yrs under Bush. This is a sad day indeed. A day, as has been said, will live in infamy.

  81. This one sentence says it all, about the speech for sure…but maybe as an omen for BHO’s leadership…

    “The media was speechless for awhile.

  82. The media has been speechless, feckless, silent, biased, fellating and condescending for a while, whats new!

  83. It’s weird living in the 21st century without TV, newspapers, news mags, and radio. Been in this state for a year, now — get my news on the web, cozy up to Big Pink…well, I rent movies (most are brainless) and …oh, how do we like the Madame President on 24?

  84. Yep. I haven’t watched TV news or read news mags or the major newspapers in a full year now. It’s a breath of fresh air to be done with the punditocracy.

  85. Hmmm…if Hillary’s nomination is stalled so is the new senator’s name from NY :

    YOU GOTTA LOOK AT THIS AS BLESSING IN DISGUISE…..

  86. I had heard that BO didn’t work on the speech for two days but for weeks. There was endless blathering yesterday abuot how he was studying Lincoln and Kennedy and Roosevelt and that he was a writer who had written most of two books.

    In my opinion, either he is a second-rate writer or more likely, he felt that he could compare with his predecessosrs by whipping off a few cliches.

    Lord help us if he isn’t going to put any more effort into the rest of his tasks. I think he is like Bush Jr in that he seems to have gotten praise just for showing up and Bush got away with not showing up (in the Army).

    Carter was devastated when he lost re-election and somehow his hurt feelings settled on the Clintons. He’s prickly and anti-Israel.

  87. Gag

    Humility in spotlight
    Faced with huge expectations, Barack Obama calls for action instead of celebration.

    yahoo home page

  88. Well if you were Wall St would you buy any of that shit he’s packaging up in a gift box.

    Incidentally thats the best way to get rid of trash in a sanatation workers strike, wrap it up in a gift box and left it accidentally somewhere someone can steal it.

  89. Someone may have already posted this…

    Senator Obama was one of a small group of senators that voted AGAINST Justice Roberts’ confirmation…

    makes Roberts’ flub a bit understandable?

  90. birdgal,

    maybe reboot?

    —————

    Admin,

    as my grandparents would say…

    Mazel Tov! Amazing masthead and Amazing message!

  91. Talking of the speech, its evident I think that he left it until last night to compose it and is just hoping nobody noticed it was a rush homework, got better things to do speech..

  92. Regarding the objection raised by Cronyn:

    1. hillary supported his opponent in the general election. There is part of his motive.

    2. there are some things about cronyn which are–how shall I put it–no so clean.

    3. someone should ask him point blank whether he really believes that the former first lady of the united states and senator from new york would sell out the interests of this country in exchange for a contribution to his husbands charitable fund which is intended to help millions of people. That is essence is what he is saying–but he will not admit it if it is put to him that way.

    4. Cronyn is an embarrassment to the Republican Party and a traitor to our country and is indifferent if not hostile to the suffering in the world.

    5. A traitor to the party because the leadership knows Hillary needs to get started and any unnecessary delay elevates the risk extant described above.

    6. A traitor to the country for the same reason.

    7. A traitor to the suffering people of the world because what he is ultimately seeking is a shut down of a major charitable institution upon whom the lives of millions of people around the world ultimately depend.

    8. The opponents claim that there must be either a complete refusal to accept contributions from foreign sources or instant disclosure which our hypercorrupt media will turn into a witchhunt every time a contribution is made. This would have a chilling effect on contributions. The goal of people like Cronyn is to drive the charity out of business because it has bill clintons name on it.

  93. Love the header, Admin! First thing I saw when I came in here today.

    No comments on the shitfest. It’s SUPPOSED to be a happy day for me and my kind, and I don’t want to fracture the fairytale.

    I’m just gonna sit over here and drink myself into a stupor.

    woo

  94. from abcnews.com.

    Dow Says ‘O No’
    January 20, 2009 5:24 PM

    My friend Dan Arnall of the ABC News Business Unit reports:

    “The Dow Jones confirms: worst Inauguration Day performance in the DJIA’s history. Today’s close is the lowest close since November 20, 2008.”

    The Dow lost 332.13 points or 4.01 percent, closing below 8,000.

    Welcome to the White House, President Obama!

  95. Hi Hillfriends…

    re: Jimmy Carter and his rudeness today…I also have respected Jimmy Carter in his post presidency…but he lost me when he was against counting the votes in Florida and Michigan…he showed his true ‘political’ colors to me then…here he was flying all over the world making sure elections in other countries were fair and he went against fairness and counting the votes in the USA and against Hillary, Florida and Michigan and all the voters in those states…he lost me then…

    **************************

    sorry to be superficial, but MO does need major help dressing herself in public, to be fair, I thought that camel and black ensemble on Sat? was a good choice and I thought someone with some sense of style had gotten to her, she looked tailored and attractive and appropriate for the event…but, today’s dress is a disaster…they just did a close up of her watching the parade and the material does really look like carpeting…as someone else said…it is way too dressy for daytime and she stands out like a sore thumb from everyone else with all that glitz…sorry, it is very cheap looking…

  96. Why bother to put together a historic speech, when the media and the Kool Aid drinkers will declare it is anyway.

    Reminds me of some of my professors. After I had established my reputation with them, they just put an A at the top of the page, regardless of what I wrote.

    Unfortunately, O never did write an A speech, but the media and Kool Aid Drinkers with the tingles down their legs are seeing a fantasy.

  97. S: I have to agree with you posting at 5:47. I saw the laying of wreath at Arlington the other day, and I thought MO looked very nice. There was another picture of her at another event with a bluish lavender coat, and she also looked nice. But, today was not appropriate for daytime, despite what the bots say.

  98. Michelle was lucky she didnt stand still for too long or the removal men might have mistaken her for one of Laura’s rolled up ugly carpets up for them to shove in the truck.

    Laura Bush would have got a fright unrolling that.

  99. ADMIN,

    Love the new masthead!

    If it’s not too much trouble, could it be possible for me to enlarge the type size in the comments column without the column shrinking in width?

    (It shrinks in Opera, Chrome, Firefox, and iirc IE.)

    YOu are so great. Other blogs are retiring but you are upgrading. For the long haul I hope. Bless you!

  100. I think it is amusing that the part of the inaugural speech that BO got from Kennedy was actually the lyrics to Kennedy’s theme song which he quoted almost verbatim: “Pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off” and then O said “begin again” instead of “start all over again.”

    That song was, of course, High Hopes.

  101. As much as I don’t wish to concede anything to either of them, I have to give the Obamas points for standing, so far, during the entire parade review.

  102. Just got home from work to see my name mentioned in Admins new article–thanks Admin, for picking up my spirits after the events of the day..

    My class watched the swearing in part of the ceremonies. My staff and I were thunderstuck by the gaffe over the oath however. I agree with Wbboie’s friend, I think its an omen of some kind. I also thought O looked a little angry after he finished the oath and went forward to give his speech….

    We didn’t watch the speech but I read a transcript later at lunch. It even reads disorganized. Frankly, I didn’t see anything in there that suggested true leadership. It was just more of what he said during the campaign (this observation comes from my 88 year old Dad). More flowerly language and lofty goals with no clear plan of how to get there.

    A friend sent me this today and it made me feel better:

    The Obama Clock

    http://obamaclock.org/

    I think the only lines from a speech that will be remembered in history during this past political campaign will be the ones spoken by Hillary Clinton when she spoke of a glass ceiling that now has “18 million cracks”. That speech actually said something.

  103. Re HIllary’s replacement as NY Senator.

    Paterson’s last statement was that he hoped to ‘have a nominee by the weekend’ who could be confirmed as early as Monday. And he said he hadn’t decided, he was still changing his mind and running through ‘scenarios’.

    Anyway we still have some time to lobby him Easy form for emailing him, from any state:
    h…../161.11.121.121/govemail

    Maloney and Gillibrand seem to be possible, with Cuomo leading in polls.

  104. turndownobama-com Says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 6:36 pm
    Re HIllary’s replacement as NY Senator.

    Paterson’s last statement was that he hoped to ‘have a nominee by the weekend’ who could be confirmed as early as Monday. And he said he hadn’t decided, he was still changing his mind and running through ’scenarios’.

    Anyway we still have some time to lobby him Easy form for emailing him, from any state:
    h…../161.11.121.121/govemail

    Maloney and Gillibrand seem to be possible, with Cuomo leading in polls.

    ————————————————————————————————–

    I hope you are right. I wonder what the bots would say about CK? Dynasty, anyone?

  105. I don’t think that clock is right. Doesn’t Supreme Court do something on the 23 about the BC? Could be the shortest term in history.

  106. Thanks Admin…and everyone with info, input, the picture of Hillary and Bill…and the jokes!!!
    I just couldn’t bear to watch…

  107. At least from what I heard on this blog, it has been kind of like one mishape after another, on a day when it should have been perfect.

    So how long does it take before you get tired of explaining the goof ups. One thing about history is that the fog clears, and you begin to see who the great people were, and who there was just a lot of smoke and mirrors.

  108. did I hear right that Obama’s administration is now thinking about going back to Paulson’s original idea for the TARP money and creating a whole bank of bad debt….this on top of more money and what about the monney already given out to the banks and wall street.

    All this while they want to cut SS

  109. CNN just did a story about all the people who had tickets and could not get into the areas that their tickets allowed…they were shut out from seeing anything…the reporter went on about there being a lot of very angry people and he interviewed some of them on camera…one guy said “I missed my first day of school for this” and some angry AA men and women…the reporter said this is going to be a big story…yeh, we’ll see…

    do yourself a favor and stay away from MSNBC…chris matthews is at his most fawning self…between him and Keith O…they have outdone even themselves with the kissing up today…matthews sounds like he has a crush on MO, he has been gushing…and this is what I have caught only between channel surfing…
    and there usual digs at Hill and Bill…

  110. When does this travesty end. I finally mustered the courage to turn the tv on to watch jeopardy
    What is a complete charlatan was my response to what I thought was the first answer, but no more of bambi and his three ring circus.

  111. Hi dot48, nice to see you back again…

    and moononpluto, too…we need as much comic relief as possible…

    i’m signing off for a while…i need a couple of alleves…

  112. henry, didn’t know about Bravo so I will cross them off as well.

    Also, I’m going to double my efforts to not by anything made by GE.

  113. I guess I am pretty proud of myself. I have laid off TV so much, today was not different to me.

    You can hope and change all you want, but the stock market did not believe it. You can fool voters, but money people say put your money where your mouth is an perform.

  114. Mariah is gonna sing hero tonight on ABC ,Live I like my fav singer …but she voted for obami because she is like him …mariah do you feel the change YET LOL.or the hope he change !!!

    HO HO HO no BO!!!!Just another president smokign cigarettes Hope Change …The American people are short Change once again 4 $ 4 years.

    Cant foool this voter and 19 million others for Hillary!!!!

  115. NMF
    Yahoo home page says stocks fell because of fears about banks. Someone upthread said it is the biggest dive on Inauguration day ever and they are of course covering for him.

  116. The republicans look so petty thanks to one lone senator who wants to play games.

    Then again, the dims have looked petty all along and Hillary and Bill are still hanging in there with approval ratings that are amazing.

    All in all, I don’t think obama stood out as anything more than a bozo today.

  117. henry,

    I tracked the stock market all day. it fell moderately before the speech. mass sell out started after the speech because investors didn’t hear any details of his economic plan.

  118. General Electric which owns NBC/MSNBC has been under attack on Wall Street for a while now. Today was particularly bad. Here’s some background (the stories are from last year but the attacks are getting stronger; again, today was a bad day for GE):

    http://www.fool.com/investing/value/2008/02/01/5-stocks-under-attack.aspx

    “Because everyone loves a winner, it’s reasonable to assume that everyone hates a loser — everyone but short sellers, at least. These contrarian investors bet that hot stocks are primed to fall, aiming to turn their pessimism into potential profits.”

    http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/finance/ges-banking-business-comes-attack/
    Wall Street attacked GE in recent days in the same fashion as the financials, even though GE makes half its revenue from making manufactured goods like nuclear turbines and refrigerators.

    The reason? Because the other half of GE is basically a bank–and investors don’t seem to have much confidence in anything related to finance whatsoever.

    Concerns among investors revolved around GE’s huge finance business, commonly known as GE Capital, which loans out money for everything from construction equipment and the issuing of credit cards. GE Capital brings in about half of GE’s revenue and profit.

    According to research by Deutsche Bank analysts, credit-default swaps, or the cost of insuring GE Capital’s debt widened significantly this week. When CDS spreads rise, it’s a sign that some investors believe GE could default on some its short-term or long-term debt.

  119. Saying that the new stimulus plan that Barky’s “really smart” team came up won’t do a damn thing for possibly years!!!!!!!

    First ball .. STRIKE ONE

  120. aw shucks, I forgot I do have a GE Money Bank card. It’s a card called “Care Credit” that I use in event of emergency for my animals. I forgot about it till I read admins post. Thank God I just use it for emergency’s and pay it off within 30 days. I’ll continue to use their money in event of emergency.

  121. dot48 lol….

    I can’t wait for strike 2

    HE is out after strike 3 !!!LOL\

    That thing wont do anything for years you are right!!!

    I told everyone i know do not buy Genearal Electric for the last 2 years ..i hope it helped

  122. dot48,

    I heard from Bloomberg news that some investors see the trillion dollar “stimulus plan” will hurt the ecomomic.

  123. We think this means something but will let the reader decide exactly what it means.

    The hotel ( http://blogs.marketwatch.com/election/2008/05/31/ ) which hosted the Rules Committee which officially disenfranchised Florida and Michigan voters was to be the site of an Obama Inaugural Ball hosted by Dionne Warwick and Ludacris tonight.

    The Ball has been cancelled because few tickets were sold.

    http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/people/capitalcomment/10282.html
    As we reported earlier, Grammy-award winning artist Dionne Warwick will host a star-studded American Music Inaugural Ball at Woodley Park’s Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. New details, released late yesterday, name rapper/actor Ludacris as Warwick’s cohost for the event.

    The January 20 soirée, which will draw as many as 6,000 guests, will be composed of two parts: the Legends Ball, which Warwick will host, and the Urban Ball, which will see Ludacris at the helm. It will be the first ever two-ball event in inaugural history.

    The Legends Ball will feature performances by Rodney Atkins, George Clinton, Chaka Khan, Marvin Sapp, the Temptations (with Dennis Edwards), Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Kirk Franklin, the H.B. Barnum Orchestra, The Caravans, and Smokie Norful.

    At the Urban Ball, guests will enjoy performances by T-Pain, David Banner, Athena Cage, Cedric the Entertainer, the Cheetah Girls, Fantasia, Lil Jon, Monica, Bella Steez, and Bobby Valentino.

    http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/warwicks%20inaugural%20ball%20cancelled_1092326
    DIONNE WARWICK’s unofficial concert to celebrate BARACK OBAMA’s inauguration has reportedly been cancelled due to low ticket sales.

    The legendary singer was due to headline the American Music Inaugural Ball at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday (20Jan09) night to commemorate the Democrat’s official assent to the White House.

    The event – which also featured an Urban Ball, headlined by rap stars Ludacris and T-Pain – has been called off after the $450 (GBP310) tickets failed to sell out, according to TMZ.com.

  124. some AA on HLN telling about everything now that HE has to do!! Ha, ha…no way will he ever get anything done.

    Shouldn’t be surprised that Jane Velez Mitchell said she liked the sound of Prez Obama..Bytch, right when I thought I could watch some show that wasn’t a bot

  125. Dot48, calling Obama “Barky” always makes us laugh. It reminds us of that commercial with the nerd who calls his dog “Barky Von Schnauzer”.

  126. Remember these financial wizards are the ones that tell little investors to hang in there, while they bail. They don’t bail without reason. They have knowledge and experience that tell them to get their money out of the market, while the little guy gets stuck with nothing.

  127. yes that jane v was crying at his speech damn cant ever watch a show without a bot..OH dot48 i heard her too..new chanell im gonna stay with old movies..and skip the MSM hype and LIES.

  128. Anyone watch ABC coverage? Donna Brazille, our favorite!

    She had one of the blanket that were placed on the chairs. She said, “we have a Black president…it’s FREE!”

    I’m not kidding. wtf?

  129. cj, I usually watch Jane’s show then Nancy Grace. I’ve been following the Casey/Caylee Anthony child case and I watch to catch news. I sure hope Nancy don’t go all hopey, dopey on me.

    Admin, I remember that VERY commercial.

  130. shenanigans, come again with that. What the fuck was she talking about? Is she talking about stealing something from the inagueration?

  131. Yes, did you notice all the blankets that were folded on the section where all the dignitaries were seated? She took Obama’s blanket, him having not taken it. I was walking out of the room because……well……..Cruella Brazille was on and I can’t stand her….and stopped in my tracks when she said that. I hope a youtube comes up.

  132. Between that and the Rev’s comments on “white doing right”…and hearing all this chatter all this time about racism and how it will be when Obama was President…I’m floored. I gave them the benefit of the doubt. They couldn’t even make it through the swearing in. Fuckers.

  133. My video link is awaiting moderation but while we wait for that, I found the clip of Donna Brazille at abc news dot com

  134. DIONNE WARWICK’s unofficial concert to celebrate BARACK OBAMA’s inauguration has reportedly been cancelled due to low ticket sales.

    The legendary singer was due to headline the American Music Inaugural Ball at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday (20Jan09) night to commemorate the Democrat’s official assent to the White House.

    The event – which also featured an Urban Ball, headlined by rap stars Ludacris and T-Pain – has been called off after the $450 (GBP310) tickets failed to sell out, according to TMZ.com.
    &&&&&&&&&

    boohoo.

    waaaah.

  135. The Most Bombadastical, Pompatorial, Sensidulicious Auduracious Blowout Gala of the Millenium……(poof).

    “Never Mind…you can go home now”.

  136. # hillarygirl Says:
    January 20th, 2009 at 5:47 pm.

    Dow Says ‘O No’

    My friend Dan Arnall of the ABC News Business Unit reports:
    “The Dow Jones confirms: worst Inauguration Day performance in the DJIA’s history. Today’s close is the lowest close since November 20, 2008.”
    The Dow lost 332.13 points or 4.01 percent, closing below 8,000.
    &&&&&&&

    Wasn’t “The Generic Democrat” supposed to return us to the more economically sensible policies that Clinton showed in the 90’s? If so, why doesn’t Wall St. think Obama is a Generic Dem? Do they think he’s a) incompetent, b) closet Repub more likely to continue W’s third term?

  137. hillarygirl Says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 7:25 pm
    henry,

    I tracked the stock market all day. it fell moderately before the speech. mass sell out started after the speech because investors didn’t hear any details of his economic plan.
    ———————————
    It would appear that people with nothing to lose swoon on his sonorous refrains.

    It would appear that people with something to lose hear those same refrains and go screaming from the room.

    Barky Schnauser –not mans best friend–short sellers best friend.

    Play it again Sam. On second thought please dont. Unless it is the bungled oath.

  138. All kidding aside, now is the time to start worrying–for all the good it does.

    The worst stock market reaction ever on an innaugeration day, and ever includes 1932.

    Lets see if the waters of the Red Sea part for him or if we all get drowned in a sea of red ink.

  139. Some how voters/media look fickle, and the money people have begun to hold his performance to a higher standard. They obviously did not get the email which said this was a Wonderful speech, and we feel so much better.

    Could it be that they actually are looking for a plan that will get to people. I am sure the real estate people, and the local mortgage people would like to see that.

  140. I guess I’m not the only one that kept thinking today “if only”

    Just saw MEschelle in an absolutely OUTRAGEOUS hideous gown. Yes, she definitely needs help in the fashion department.

    Barky is completely lost without his teleprompter…asks how “good looking” is his wife vs “how gorgeous or how beautiful”…

    He cannot speak without that damn machine

  141. wbboei, I agree, it is time to start worrying. Have to admit, I have been worrying for a while. We are not rich people, we have modest savings and we live month to month. It takes every penney we get coming in to live on and we don’t live beyond our means at all. I am worried

  142. dot,

    I kept thinking of “if only” as well. It’s so hard to watch this circus so I’ve banned myself from anything connected, especially news stations.

  143. FYI, the Senate will convene to consider Hillary’s nomination tomorrow, starting at noon with three hours of debate and then a vote.

  144. # Paula Says:
    January 20th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    FYI, the Senate will convene to consider Hillary’s nomination tomorrow, starting at noon with three hours of debate and then a vote.
    &&&&&&&

    In other words, they are going to WASTE three hours. Jeez, no wonder they can’t fix a damn thing.

    Here’s an idea: use that 3 hours instead to change MLK Day to become BHO Day, and add Obama’s head to Mt. Rushmore. You know, for all the great things he’s accomplished.

    LONG LIVE THE KING!!! OUR MESSIAH HAS ARRIVED.

    YAY US.

    BOTS, REJOICE!!!

  145. Jen the Michigander Says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 8:35 pm
    I love the new masthead, Admin. As far as I am concerned, Hillary IS 44. Those other people can have their Precious as their president, but Hillary is OUR President.

    ——————————————————————————————

    I Agree

  146. # admin Says:
    January 20th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    For those sanely not watching or listening, we are on the job.

    The speech appears to be a dud. The speech has lots of flowery words and it is difficult not to get chills from the invocation of names such as Concord and Khe Sahn. The speech is trying to sound tough and is ripping off the Kennedy 1960 inaugural speech. But the speech is a dud.

    Big Media will of course cite this as a great speech and they will link it to earlier great speeches (all Obama does is rip off earlier speeches and leaders). But the speech is not working. When Obama tries to sound tough he sounds petulant. He is trying to sound grand and instead reveals he is a poseur.

    The speech is also disjointed. It is hard to keep track of the themes because it is veering off all over the place.

    It’s a dud.

    ~~~~~~

    Admin, I haven’t read such straight to the point honest analysis like yours all day! Someone in the mainstream press (besides Krugman) needs to burst the Hopium bubble and tell the zombies that their Messiah ain’t all that. I find all of his speeches to be duds so I’ve never understood the praise that he is such a great speaker. And Fravreau is not a good speechwriter. It’s just a lot of plagiarizing and putting mess together he sees in pop culture and movies. You and I as well as most if not all of the people here can write beter speeches than Favreau.

  147. Admin, I haven’t read such straight to the point honest analysis like yours all day! Someone in the mainstream press (besides Krugman) needs to burst the Hopium bubble and tell the zombies that their Messiah ain’t all that. I find all of his speeches to be duds so I’ve never understood the praise that he is such a great speaker. And Fravreau is not a good speechwriter. It’s just a lot of plagiarizing and putting mess together he sees in pop culture and movies. You and I as well as most if not all of the people here can write beter speeches than Favreau.

  148. Michelle Obama Looks Fab, Wall Street Not So Much

    blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/01/michelle-obama.html

  149. rgb…..obama DAY???? How small a change. Think large.

    To conserve ink and paper, we shall shorten The United States of America to Obamaland.

  150. freckles, you were right about her evening gown..here it is..

    news.aol.com/main/inauguration/article/michelle-obama-dress/312064

  151. wow, if that is the pink number Hillary is wearing, it is beautiful!

    myitthings.com/Yuli/Post/fashion/It-Look/-Hillary-Clinton-Goes-With-Oscar-de-la-Renta-For-Her-Inauguration-Gown./661162009175559876.htm

  152. Thanks Admin, for the continued light shined upon Rick Warrens presence at this abo- obamanation ceremony. This was a tough day and it feels ever so slightly better to read these posts today and to know I may be a minority in my opposition to this con-artist smooth talker but Im not alone. It makes me sick to have seen Hillary attending this ceremony and to know she will be answering to him for the next hopefully only 4 years.

    What a sad tough day—just as bad as watching my president conceed after earning the most primary votes! Majority Doesnt always rule the land clearly we have seen this twice in recent history

  153. Paula, you’re right. That is not it but may be the color scheme is the same and the neck line could be more conservative. I have searched but there are no pictures yet on the Web.

  154. http://www.firedoglake.com/2009/01/20/worst-inauguration-ever/

    one of many stories beginning to surface – aren’t you glad you did not have one of those precious tickets?

    ********************************

    btw, freckles, i read on another blog that tonight’s MO gown is being compared to a chennille blanket…come to think of it…yes…MO needs to go for simplicity, sleek clean lines, eliminate all the frills and sparkle dodads…

  155. pm317 Says:

    January 20th, 2009 at 10:04 pm
    wow, if that is the pink number Hillary is wearing, it is beautiful!

    myitthings.com/Yuli/Post/fashion/It-Look/-Hillary-Clinton-Goes-With-Oscar-de-la-Renta-For-Her-Inauguration-Gown./661162009175559876.htm
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    Looks like a spoof. Isn’t that dark part, hair coming out from the gown? Or was I looking at the wrong picture?

  156. I don’t like that gown, looks like it has diarrhea or something, very weird.

    So the Urination wasn’t all that. Well I guess the whites just have to get it right!. Does anyone on the frauds inner circle understand that AA’s are just 11% of the population and in order for him to get 53% of the vote 42% were probably non-AA?

  157. The humor and intelligent observations are great, today, here on Big Pink! It really has lightened some of the sadness.

  158. I only saw the top of hill’s gown, is that the only pic? The rest were of the “couple”, couldn’t bear to keep going..

  159. Paula, thanks for the photos link.

    Michelle’s dress looks from the photo like bandages. With her Superbowl quality shoulders the dress was not a wise choice. If those are not bandages we suggest Michelle learn to use mothballs.

    B.O.’s outfit appeared to be the wrong size, or maybe it was the white bow tie or the shirt length that is the problem. B.O. should have worn a multi-color novelty lights bow tie which spins, like Pee Wee Herman – it would suit him better.

    Over at Firedoglake the lead writer says B.O. kept stepping on Michelle’s bandages, er, train.

    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//090121/480/8e950365519a4ebda76148a3d95de12a/#photoViewer=/090121/ids_photos_ts/r1275955702.jpg

    In photo #69 Stevie Wonder and Sting look homeless (apologies to the truly homeless). When did Sting start to look like that?

  160. # admin Says:
    January 20th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    For those sanely not watching or listening, we are on the job.

    The speech appears to be a dud. The speech has lots of flowery words and it is difficult not to get chills from the invocation of names such as Concord and Khe Sahn. The speech is trying to sound tough and is ripping off the Kennedy 1960 inaugural speech. But the speech is a dud.

    Big Media will of course cite this as a great speech and they will link it to earlier great speeches (all Obama does is rip off earlier speeches and leaders). But the speech is not working. When Obama tries to sound tough he sounds petulant. He is trying to sound grand and instead reveals he is a poseur.

    The speech is also disjointed. It is hard to keep track of the themes because it is veering off all over the place.

    It’s a dud.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Thanks for the great report, Admin- I didn’t have the courage to clutter my mind with Obama’s speech today. I probably won’t even watch news clips if I can help it. However, I did have an unrequited moment I want to share.

    I experienced a surprisingly good laugh out loud at above all places Borders book store. I stopped in for a minute today to pick up a book I had ordered. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values” (old book I read in school years go. Lost my copy somehow during the last move)

    At checkout noticing tvs were absent, on a whim I decided to order a cup of coffee. I was sitting close enough to the door as I hadn’t planned on staying very long… A flurry of commotion twinged in my left ear..I paused my reading for a millisecond. eyes left trained on the words I was processing. Involuntarily, I turned my eyes in the direction of the check out and lo and behold I heard a man quaking out a thunderous statement..”Just get him to the effing helicopter”!

    The break in a relatively subdued atmosphere startled every one with it’s passion and shout. Spontaneously, the entire store broke out in bales of laughter. For a moment the world stood still. Until we realized, the emotional patron had just validated what we subconsciously knew. Bush had screwed the pooch. (and I thought to myself, “that one” will finish the job by screwing the people..)

  161. # admin Says:
    January 20th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    For those sanely not watching or listening, we are on the job.

    The speech appears to be a dud. The speech has lots of flowery words and it is difficult not to get chills from the invocation of names such as Concord and Khe Sahn. The speech is trying to sound tough and is ripping off the Kennedy 1960 inaugural speech. But the speech is a dud.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Thanks for the great report, Admin- I didn’t have the courage to clutter my mind with Obama’s speech today. I probably won’t even watch news clips if I can help it. However, I did have an unrequited moment I want to share.

    I experienced a surprisingly good laugh out loud at above all places Borders book store. I stopped in for a minute today to pick up a book I had ordered. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values” (old book I read in school years go. Lost my copy somehow during the last move)

    At checkout noticing tvs were absent, on a whim I decided to order a cup of coffee. I was sitting close enough to the door as I hadn’t planned on staying very long… A flurry of commotion twinged in my left ear..I paused my reading for a millisecond. eyes left trained on the words I was processing. Involuntarily, I turned my eyes in the direction of the check out and lo and behold I heard a man quaking out a thunderous statement..”Just get him to the effing helicopter”!

    The break in a relatively subdued atmosphere startled every one with it’s passion and shout. Spontaneously, the entire store broke out in bales of laughter. For a moment the world stood still. Until we realized, the emotional patron had just validated what we subconsciously knew. Bush had screwed the pooch. (and I thought to myself, “that one” will finish the job by screwing the people..)

  162. # admin Says:
    at 12:23 pm

    For those sanely not watching or listening, we are on the job.

    The speech appears to be a dud. The speech has lots of flowery words and it is difficult not to get chills from the invocation of names such as Concord and Khe Sahn. The speech is trying to sound tough and is ripping off the Kennedy 1960 inaugural speech. But the speech is a dud.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Thanks for the great report, Admin- I didn’t have the courage to clutter my mind with Obama’s speech today. I probably won’t even watch news clips if I can help it. However, I did have an unrequited moment I want to share.

    I experienced a surprisingly good laugh out loud at above all places Borders book store. I stopped in for a minute today to pick up a book I had ordered. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values” (old book I read in school years go. Lost my copy somehow during the last move)

    At checkout noticing tvs were absent, on a whim I decided to order a cup of coffee. I was sitting close enough to the door as I hadn’t planned on staying very long… A flurry of commotion twinged in my left ear..I paused my reading for a millisecond. eyes left trained on the words I was processing. Involuntarily, I turned my eyes in the direction of the check out and lo and behold I heard a man quaking out a thunderous statement..”Just get him to the effing helicopter”!

    The break in a relatively subdued atmosphere startled every one with it’s passion and shout. Spontaneously, the entire store broke out in bales of laughter. For a moment the world stood still. Until we realized, the emotional patron had just validated what we subconsciously knew. Bush had screwed the pooch. (and I thought to myself, “that one” will finish the job by screwing the people..)

  163. Admin: Thank you for this site. It is the best site on the web.

    Btw, I can see the new mast head on my home computer. I love it.

  164. I agree very well put together and I would have to say I agree about 90% of the time. For what its worth although having the highest percentage of the vote in a primary or general election doesnt apply to the current or departing president of the United States.

  165. The over 500 people who have thus far posted to the “Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom” facebook page to complain about the inaugural mess are a sad lot.

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=61444130820

    For example this sad case (excerpt) only now beginning to understand what he faces the next 4 years:

    I’m one of those Obamaites some people hate. Since the day he announced his candidacy, I have been working full-bore to get this man elected. I’ve been a volunteer and a staff member. My family has been brought to the verge of economic collapse due to my dedication toward the campaign and its untold volunteer hours. Life has been put on hold, household repairs have gone undone, there has been tension in my relationship with an extremely supportive and patient spouse, who would have loved to see my passion for Obama put into a proper financial perspective. My two children have sold bumper stickers, buttons, and have put up with Mom blogging for Obama in her “spare time” for almost two years.

    And you know what, there are thousands of people throughout the country who have worked as hard as I have, if not harder

    And that’s why my let-down about the Inauguration is that much greater. Because I was unlucky enough, along with thousands of other Obama volunteers, to have been given one of the “Purple Tickets of Doom.”

    My understanding is that many of those dedicated volunteers and campaign staff were rewarded for their efforts with purple Inauguration tickets. The true believers came from across the country, put airline tickets on our credit cards, slept on people’s floors, woke up at 4 a.m. to get to the Inauguration… only to find that we were to be parked in an underground tunnel under DC waiting to be let in, and then were turned away at the gates. As one African-American man said on his cell phone to his kids: “I came all the way to DC and didn’t see shit but some tunnel.”

    My 73-year-old father and I made the trek this morning with our purple tickets clutched proudly in hand. As African-Americans, this event had such significance. My father earlier said quietly that he wished his parents could have seen this day come to pass. I flew in from Los Angeles, he drove 6 hours from North Carolina.

    We got on the Metro from our Alexandria, Virginia, hotel without incident. The Metro ran smoothly, even though the cars were crowded.

    However, once we got to our purple ticket entrance, the day spun out of control. We arrived and there was little information about where to stand. People were packed to the gills. Those closer to the front of the line explained where the back was. The sight was staggering, we walked the length of the 3rd Street tunnel, that was packed with people as far as the eye could see. My initial thought was “where are the Porta Potties?” There was not one the entire length of the line of thousands of people.

    We waited in line for a couple of hours. We were “lucky” I suppose because we came relatively late at 7:30am. There were people waiting in the purple line since 4am that morning. Some were packed in the tunnel for four hours!

  166. Day One of the Messiah’s rule and people are already disappointed…..sure wont hear anything of that sort out of the media. There star is shining bright.

    My Tv smells like a bull left a dropping behind

  167. Admin, thanks for sharing that horrible story with us. I actually feel really bad for them because I know what it’s like to pour your heart and soul into a campaign. They ARE good as anyone to get a ticket into one of those fancy inaugural balls. Just because they didn’t have the money, their work and sweat is worth just as much as someone’s $50K donation. UGH.

  168. admin Says:
    January 20th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Paula, thanks for the photos link.

    Michelle’s dress looks from the photo like bandages. With her Superbowl quality shoulders the dress was not a wise choice.

    ————————–
    I read a comment that said the dress looked like it was made from toilet paper.

  169. Why would someone who the media annoints as a person who has great fashion sense, pick a gown (she knew she would be dancing in at many balls) that has a train on it. ME-chelle was fiddling and messing with it all night.

    Toilet Paper, indeed!

    Jill Biden’s dress was so pretty, CLASSY, and lovely.

  170. HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter, these people have been abused and too often make excuses for their abusers.

    Volunteers (and some staff) in a campaign do indeed put heart and soul into their efforts. Years ago we started an effort to make volunteer hours count as a “contribution” of dollars for matching fund purposes. This way the time put in by a volunteer would be respected by campaigns, the same way big dollar donors are respected. The amount of time put in by volunteers if recognized as dollars would rival the money from a maxed out big dollar donor.

    Big dollar donors would never be disrespected the way volunteers get disrespected by a campaign. The Obama campaign knows it can mistreat their volunteers because they will make excuses for their abusers. That is what is sad.

  171. Mrs. Smith, the comments we posted about the Obama speech as it was being dumped ( http://www.hillaryis44.org/?p=869#comment-232303 ) are being echoed by many.

    We wrote “The speech appears to be a dud. The speech has lots of flowery words and it is difficult not to get chills from the invocation of names such as Concord and Khe Sahn. The speech is trying to sound tough and is ripping off the Kennedy 1960 inaugural speech. But the speech is a dud.

    Big Media will of course cite this as a great speech and they will link it to earlier great speeches (all Obama does is rip off earlier speeches and leaders). But the speech is not working. When Obama tries to sound tough he sounds petulant. He is trying to sound grand and instead reveals he is a poseur.

    The speech is also disjointed. It is hard to keep track of the themes because it is veering off all over the place. ” It’s a dud.

    ——–
    Among others, Bill Safire is now weighing in on the speech. Excerpts: http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/the-speech-the-experts-critique/

    “…that his speech might belong in the company of those by Lincoln, F.D.R. and Kennedy — fell short of the anticipated immortality.”
    =====
    “He used the phrase “this generation of Americans,” reminding some of J.F.K.’s “torch has been passed” line or Roosevelt’s following phrase “has a rendezvous with destiny,” but today’s speaker showed no sign of its resonance. Late in the speech, he said that “the spirit of service” was “a moment that will define a generation,” but the two thoughts were unconnected.”
    =====
    “That was an unexpectedly tolerant note, but which he stepped on with an imperious, lecturing pointer phrase about meeting challenges: “Know this, America.” That get-this tone is better directed to the Russians.
    ======
    “He skirted the controversy about harsh interrogations with a facile “As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals” — when there are times when that painful choice cannot be “rejected.”
    ======
    “A good speech has to have a memorable theme, stated early and reprised at the end. It did not emerge in this address. A theme was tacked on as a kind of afterthought — “a new era of responsibility” — and pitched to the news media a few days beforehand to ensure it would make the lead.”

  172. I sincerely hope I am wrong about this:

    Demagogue:(definition)

    1. an emotive dictator: a political leader who gains power by appealing to people’s emotions, instincts, and prejudices in a way that is considered manipulative and dangerous.

  173. Mrs. Smith, John Judis at New Republic also agrees with us about the speech:

    http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_plank/archive/2009/01/20/a-hodgepodge.aspx

    Barack Obama has the makings of a great orator, but his inaugural speech was not a great oration. It was well-delivered, but it consisted of a hodgepodge of themes, injunctions, and applause lines that did not speak directly to the crisis that the country faces.

    The speech was unusually abstract. It lacked any reference to people or situations in the present. Obama was most vivid in describing moments long past–such as George Washington crossing the Delaware. Of course, an abstract speech can have its use if it is the service of compelling argument. But the concepts, and the argument on which the speech hung, were neither original nor compelling.

    Part of the problem was that much of the argument was implied; and what was implied did not ring true. Premise: America’s success in the past was based on people who “struggled and sacrificed and worked.” Conclusion: What we need now is a “new era of responsibility.” What is missing is a middle term, and what is implied is that the reason we are in trouble now is because the present generation has acted irresponsibly. Is that really at the heart of America’s difficulties at home or in the world? It has the ring of Biblical prophecy, but not of truth.

    There were subsidiary themes that seemed ill-suited to the occasion. Obama returned to his earlier primary campaign oratory about politics and partisanship. We need to end “the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.” Yes, fine, but again: Does that get at the problem now? Is Obama facing partisan warfare? Is Washington deeply divided? It may become so, but the evidence of the last month does not suggest that this is a critical problem.

    Obama did hit upon the nature of the challenges facing us, but I don’t think he had anything interesting to say about them. “Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred,” he declared. This strikes me as either boilerplate or an exaggeration of the danger posed by al Qaeda. It is reminiscent of George W. Bush and his catch-all war on terror. Obama and the country clearly face grave problems overseas; but they can’t be reduced to a “far-reaching network.” The difficulty is more in their multiplicity than in their individual gravity.

    The economic crisis? “Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.” Greed? Yes, but greed condoned and encouraged by government. Hard choices? What does these refer to? Not enough retrofitting homes? Auto companies making the wrong cars? Obama doesn’t say. And I don’t think he could have been specific without revealing the shallowness of his diagnosis. I have my own view of what went wrong, but that’s not important. It’s whether Obama put one across, or whether he offered the semblance, but not the reality, of a diagnosis.

    You can say, of course, that I am treating his speech as a political argument, and not as a piece of oratory, but the problem is that it existed in the netherworld between inspiring oratory and political argument. It had intimations of both, but lived up to the promise of neither. I suspect Obama chose this ambiguous course partly because of the difficulty of the occasion. Argument requires pros and cons, truth and falsity, truth-tellers and misleaders, but an inaugural speech is an instrument of national, and even international, unification. Thus, some who might have actually qualified as misleaders and villains (e.g. the greedy) make only a fleeting appearance, while scorn is heaped upon others (the “cynics… who question the scale of our ambition”) who are inventions of the moment rather than real adversaries. That’s certainly understandable, but it didn’t make for good oratory or argument.

    –John B. Judis

  174. A professor of communications I know listened to the speech and compared it to John Kennedys in 1960. Kennedys was poetry and this one was not. However, you will be glad to know that parts of it borrowed from Kennedy by either obama, axelgrease or the little horny drunk.

    If he were questioned about this minor oversight by someone besides the mawkish big media–someone seeking a little thing like the truth, I rather suspect O would tell them he was not quoting Kennedy but the other way around.

    If some brave soul then inquired how could that be since kennedys speech was deliverered years before he was born, O would refer the question to bob torichelli who had prenatal knowlege of what tailgunner joe was saying in the early 50s.

  175. The economic crisis? “Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.” Greed? Yes, but greed condoned and encouraged by government. Hard choices? What does these refer to? Not enough retrofitting homes? Auto companies making the wrong cars? Obama doesn’t say. And I don’t think he could have been specific without revealing the shallowness of his diagnosis. I have my own view of what went wrong, but that’s not important. It’s whether Obama put one across, or whether he offered the semblance, but not the reality, of a diagnosis.
    ———————————
    Admin. great article. This is really the point isnt it. He has not run so much as a hotdog stand so how can he understand the economy.

    He is a mile wide and 6 inches deep. If he does not understand the problem how can he diagnose it and if he cannot diagonose it then how can he solve it.

    This is one of the many areas where Hillary is so good. She is first, last and always a disciplined problemsolver whereas he is a gadfly.

  176. Part of the problem was that much of the argument was implied; and what was implied did not ring true. Premise: America’s success in the past was based on people who “struggled and sacrificed and worked.” Conclusion: What we need now is a “new era of responsibility.” What is missing is a middle term, and what is implied is that the reason we are in trouble now is because the present generation has acted irresponsibly.
    ———————————–
    That is exactly what he is saying. I believe he is laying the foundation for some kind of attack on the middle class, so he can spread their wealth to the underclass while protecting his wealthy benefactors.

  177. Wbboei, we’ll start addressing the economy and issues related very soon.
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    Admin.: excellent. Thank you for your brilliant work past, present and future–including your quick and accurate assessment of his speech today. Thank you for your courage and integrity as well.

  178. Don’t blame Obama for having trouble taking an oath. If you lied as much as he does, you’d have trouble too!

  179. Don’t blame Obama for having trouble taking an oath. If you lied as much as he does, you’d have trouble too!
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    An excellent point. And when he puts his hand on the Bible and does it, it is not called lying anymore. It is called perjury.

  180. haha Obama’s primary fellating journalists less than impressed. The honeymoon is over………

    blogs.telegraph.co.uk/alex_spillius/blog/2009/01/20/barack_obama_inauguration_his_worst_speech

    Barack Obama inauguration: his worst speech

    As soon as the applause had died down, an African American standing man near me on the Mall said to his friend: “I thought the speech was shit.” Another woman said, correctly, that “we had heard it all before at other events”.

    ……says it all, Obama is a one trick pony that got mileage.

  181. I took a day off yesterday and rested my tv as well.Feels great to be back on action today and resume my support for Hillary as SOS.The world must be very anxious to meet and greet her in her new and important role as a great new player in this crucial time of unrest and uncertainty.

    By ABM90 Take the world stage Hillary you have earned it the hard way.

  182. GAWD!!!! Iam SOOOO glad that’s over!
    Between the Lowry invocation;
    Blacks won’t go to the back
    Reds will get ahead
    Yellows will be mellow
    Whites will do waht’s right,
    MO’s toilet paper Wilma-flintstone frock, the first couple dance whicjh looked more like a couple of ju-jitsu fighters sizing one another up before a match, here’s one more little gem from my inadvertent Gov, David Patterson. He (jokingly?) suggested naming MO as NYS senator. Sorry to link hotair but here’s the clip and the commentary.
    hotair.com/archives/2009/01/20/new-york-governor-you-know-who-i-should-appoint-to-the-senate-michelle-obama/

  183. basil, I would seriously consider moving to Canada! Thankfully, I don’t think Michelle is interested in politics other than being worshiped as first lady. I don’t expect to see her doing a lot of policy stuff other than reading to children as her first lady duties. So thank goddess, we likely won’t ever see her run for senate or president. I hope that Patterson does not choose Caroline. Please, please pick a woman with experience and if not a woman then I’d settle for an experienced man over Caroline too.

  184. No surprise from FOX and its three early funnel mouths.
    They discussed the gowns that were chosen by the first ladies and they started their dirty work by showing MO,Laura and Nancy and their choices for the Balls.They skipped Hillary as though she never existed.Fair and Balanced? Not if they can help it.

    By ABM90 Get used to it folks.MSM now occupies the peoples Whitehouse.

  185. Admin:

    Matt Lauer just said, Out of all those people attending the Inauguration, there was not one arrest.

    Well, yeah! They were all caught up in the tunnel. Funny, not a word on mainstream about the incident.
    My first thought about the tunnel? Reminded me of Auschwitz and the Holocaust.
    Paula,The “Madame Secretary” site you mentioned: hillary.foreignpolicy is a commercial site.

    That site was created to control the spin. The comments run hot and cold. It’s nothing like His44. the warm, gentle bear *always* at Hillary’s back. Telling it like it is, unafraid of taking a swipe at the powers that be with eviscerating Truth to Power articles. yee-haw! I would consider http* hillaryunleashed.wordpress.com a site that compliments His44.

    Here is an excerpt from the sidebar of “Madame Secretary”:

    “Madam Secretary is an obsessive blog about all things Hillary Clinton. From her policies to her pantsuits, Madam Secretary delivers up-to-the-minute news, analysis, and *gossip* about America’s (next) top diplomat.”

    If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you’ll see it is a Slate Publication.

  186. # wbboei Says:
    January 21st, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Don’t blame Obama for having trouble taking an oath. If you lied as much as he does, you’d have trouble too!
    ———————————-
    An excellent point. And when he puts his hand on the Bible and does it, it is not called lying anymore. It is called perjury.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    True, true, true! What is sad, there is no enforcement available to hold the CIC accountable, nada.

  187. Mrs. Smith, a hundred thousand people trapped in a tunnel should be a newsworthy story. Just goes to show you that the media controls the message in this country and they can choose to hide anything they want and make a horrible and disappointing occasion for hundreds of thousands of people look like something that went off without a hitch.

  188. Good Morning All

    A lot of that happened with Bush, but the media cannot control acts of terroism and God. While I don’t want either of those to happen, it was the Act of God that finally resulted in truth to the American Public.

  189. OMG- I see where my post last night got posted three times. I took a dose of Nyquil for stuffy sinuses about 15 min before writing and could barely hold my eyes open to finish. Nyquil Nightime if you’re sleep deprived. You will sleep like the dead for 8 hrs.

    I am expecting Paterson to announce anytime now who will fill Hillary’s seat. If he doesn’t appoint Caroline, it will be a step in the right direction. Not getting my hopes up!

  190. # HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter Says:
    January 21st, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Mrs. Smith, a hundred thousand people trapped in a tunnel should be a newsworthy story. Just goes to show you that the media controls the message in this country and they can choose to hide anything they want and make a horrible and disappointing occasion for hundreds of thousands of people look like something that went off without a hitch.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I don’t think they will go quietly. After the dying down of the din, most likely Drudge will pick up on the story in a day or two. They deserve to be heard!

  191. So why is it we cannot find a photo of HRC’s dress. It is like they did not take a photo of it, or they are holding it so it does not upstage MO. In fact, like they think we will forget what she wore, because once HRC’s comes out that is what we will remember.

    When they start describing your fashion choices as Fresh, you tend to be in a little trouble.

  192. NewMexicoFan,

    from this link you can find Hillary’s gown in 1992 and 1996. you need to scroll down to the kings and gueens balls section.

    news.aol.com/main/inauguration/article/michelle-obama-dress/312064

  193. hillarygirl

    That was a trip through fashion history, and unfortunately there were some duds there. Hillary covered up, but looked great. I am a bit surprised that they had this stuff in Lincoln’s day. Nancy R, one of Pat N’s dresses, and of course Jackie had some great choices.

    I guess what I thought they were most guilty of was looking too old. That is kind of a pet peeve with me. Sometimes the press and public make rules fashion rules for older women, when I feel they have earned the right to dress anyway they want. Like Oscar said, show some skin, if you want to. LBJ’s wife did, and it look OK.

  194. I thought Laura Bush looked lovely in that red number.

    The thing I always find off putting with the long sleeve gowns is that the material over the arms is so freakin’ thick! Makes their arms look fat and wrinkly. Blech. That’s the main reason I really like HRC’s purple gown…no thick upholstered chair arms.

  195. Idunn

    I have found as you get older, you love wearing red more. Don’t ask me why, but I never wore it when I was younger, even avoided it. Now I love to wear it. Yes, I thought the red looked great on her also.

    I am not real big on patterns, but I saw a current Oscar gown, which was silver with a print woven into it, stapless, that they were speculating HRC might wear. I don’t think she did, but it was great.

  196. Gov, David Patterson. He (jokingly?) suggested naming MO as NYS senator
    ———————————-
    Based on what? Her affable demeanor, her ability to negotiate a 300% increase in salary when her husband became senator, her sartorial spendor or the fact that she is aa just like Patterson. Is this hot air or did he actually say it. If he said it as a joke we can call him the delusional short term governor who will soon be leaving public life to spend more time with his family. Ditto if he appoints the Princess. Any bet what he does. The question is how delusional is he-really.

  197. MO or CK? which would be worse???

    LOL…don’t answer that. We have now entered a new era of celebrity non-leadership. How ridiculous!

  198. Morning, all!
    Interesting that we’re still discussing the fashion. In keeping with the observations by all since yesterday that there is not an original thought or idea in the Obama household, I noticed early this morning during a clip of first lady inaugural gowns on the news that ME-chelle wore more or less a cheap copy of Nancy Reagan’s first first term gown by James Galanos. In looking for a photo to share with you all, I also found that the AP noticed the same thing about 2 hours ago.

    * * * * *
    Nancy Reagan
    Mrs. Reagan chose a single-shoulder James Galanos for her husband’s 1981 inaugural ball. “She knew her style very well, and it was always simple and elegant,” Galanos told the Los Angeles Times. The First Lady made the most of the $22,500 hand-beaded gown by wearing it a second time before donating it to the Smithsonian.

    Links to follow.

  199. National Prayer Service on C-span. MO and BO, the Bidens and Clintons are present. People are dressed in somber colors. MO is wearing a black and white print.

  200. OMG
    Look at the swamp dress that Michelle has worn to church look hurry

    What happened to a nice conservative suit a the National Cathedral
    She should have asked Hillary

  201. O’s going to church; we’ll all be hoping that this church will accurately portray what a Christian is.
    I went to Reuters to check market (Dow is up) and while there, noticed an article entitled ‘Ethics Crisis in America? Church leaders say yes’. It says, in part:

    …David Gushee, a professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University in Atlanta, said the United States needs not just an economic recovery plan but also a “moral recovery plan.”

    “I think that this transition point is a good one in the life of our nation,” said Gushee. “We need … a renewal of the moral compass to do the right thing just because it’s right, obeying not just legal laws but moral laws related to how people need to be treated.”….

    3w dot reuters dot com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE50K03E20090121

    Note that Gushee thinks now is good time to renew moral compass. Must be suggesting that Obama teach us ethics. LOL

  202. NewMexicoFan Says:
    January 21st, 2009 at 9:20 am

    So why is it we cannot find a photo of HRC’s dress.
    —————————-

    I have been wondering about the same thing. Why is it so hard? There was just one picture of her on a stage that Paula linked before.

  203. I can’t add much to Admin’s, Wbboei’s and others’ analysis of BO’s speech. However, on the theme of originality, I’m pleased to add my note that BO used that well-known speechwriter, Jerome Kern.

    P.6 of the Tribune’s free daily, “Red Eye” headline, “We must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”
    * * * * * * *
    PICK YOURSELF UP
    From the Film: Swing Time 1936
    (Lyrics by: Dorothy Fields / Music by: Jerome Kern)
    Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers

    (He)
    Please teacher, teach me something,
    Nice teacher, teach me something.
    I’m as awkward as a camel, that’s not the worst,
    My two feet haven’t met yet,
    But I’ll be teacher’s pet yet,
    ‘Cause I’m gonna learn to dance or burst.

    (She)
    Nothing’s impossible I have found,
    For when my chin is on the ground,
    I pick myself up,
    Dust myself off,
    Start All over again.

    Don’t lose your confidence if you slip,
    Be grateful for a pleasant trip,
    And pick yourself up,
    Dust yourself off,
    Start all over again.

    Work like a soul inspired,
    Till the battle of the day is won.
    You may be sick and tired,
    But you’ll be a man, my son!

    Will you remember the famous men,
    Who had to fall to rise again?
    So take a deep breath,
    Pick yourself up,
    Dust yourself off,
    Start all over again.

    (He)
    I’ll get some self assurance
    If your endurance is great.
    I’ll learn by easy stages
    If you’re courageous and wait.

    To feel the strength I want to,
    I must hang on to your hand,
    Maybe by the time I’m fifty
    I’ll get up and do a nifty.

    (Both)
    Nothing’s impossible I have found,
    For when my chin is on the ground,
    I pick myself up,
    Dust myself off,
    Start all over again.

    Don’t lose your confidence if you slip,
    Be grateful for a pleasant trip,
    And pick yourself up,
    Dust yourself off,
    Start all over again.

    Work like a soul inspired,
    Till the battle of the day is won.
    You may be sick and tired,
    But you’ll be a man, my son!

    Will you remember the famous men,
    Who had to fall to rise again?
    So take a deep breath,
    Pick yourself up,
    Dust yourself off,
    Start all over again.

    * * * *
    Links to follow. (Admin, please embed?)

  204. NewMexicoFan Says:
    January 21st, 2009 at 9:20 am

    So why is it we cannot find a photo of HRC’s dress.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I noticed that too NewMex.. Especially, the King salute to Hillary Saturday night. Good Luck finding any coverage but for one local tv station covering it.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I couldn’t find the right words describing MO’s Inaugural gown last she wore last night. Then someone upthread said, they read a comment stating it looked like “toilet paper”…. BINGO! Thats it!

  205. I remember going to Bill Clinton’s inauguration. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day. We had tickets for the inauguration, when we noticed we had to sit in chairs that was way in the back outside, we decided to just walk around. You could hear the swearing in on a loud speaker.

    We were interviewed from our local tv news reporter. We saw her and said Hey Denise, she came running over saying i am so glad to see someone from Cleveland. She interviewed us and we were on the 6:00 news.

    After the swearing in. We went to Congressman Stokes office for lunch. We watch the parade. People were up in trees trying to see the parade.

    We did not attend any parties, we walked around Howard University.

    I would never do that again. You are better off watching it on tv.

    Although i will never ever watch O.

  206. Sermon now on C-Span:
    “We need you to hold the ground of your deepest values… of OUR deepest values….”

  207. Mrs. Smith Says:

    January 21st, 2009 at 10:47 am
    NewMexicoFan Says:
    January 21st, 2009 at 9:20 am

    So why is it we cannot find a photo of HRC’s dress.

    * * * * *
    I can’t find any either – only that unflattering spin of Oscar de la Renta’s comments about Hillary’s characteristic modesty. Jackals.

  208. The Obama Presidency must be viewed as an experiement. The proposition to be tested is this:

    1. Can an individual with no experience, a manufactured biography and no discernable system of values (Wright, Rezko, et al)

    2. Successfully bamboozle blacks with his race, youth with his age and dubious sex appeal, and latte liberals with his neo lib world view and ivy league credentials and make them believe he is one of them, and

    3. Also be the puppet of global elites who seek to wrest power and control away from the critical mass of the American People and the traditional party, so they can subordinate soverignty to their global agenda, seek bailouts where appropriate, and use him to spread the wealth of the middle class because that is how it looks,

    4. And will the savant big media continue to be a propanda tool for him and those global elites in exchange for access, inflenence and when the time comes bailouts; or will someone remember what we must not forget that once upon a time we had a media in this country that had jounalistic standards, sought truth and rejected propanda. But for now that is not happening. All they want is power.

    4. the Hollywood production ended last night on the last note of the last song at the Innaugural Ball. The name of the game is now governance. As he moves from campaigning to governing, we shall see if he lives up to his high falutin rhetoric or becomes Humpty Dumpty.

    5. The country today is scared. It is looking for a messiah. Many people are hoping they have found one in him. The fundamental problem howvever is the gap between rhetoric vs reality, ambition vs proven ability to deliver, understanding policy problems in their full dimension vs Hennie Youngman one liners

    We shall see what happens. I hate to sell short but it is hard for me to see a light at the end of the tunnel in this arrangment.

  209. Do you thing the the restriction of HRC’s dress photo (let us face it they have to have one), is a freedom of the press issue. After all, there is interest in her dress also. I wonder if Oscar would give us one. How bad can the media get.

  210. d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20090121/capt.8e950365519a4ebda76148a3d95de12a.inauguration_clinton_dcdb102.jpg?x=400&y=269&q=85&sig=S129pGBldLZUP47WdkViLg–

    Hillary last night isnt she beautiful
    And then to this today

    d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20090121/i/r23387096.jpg?x=231&y=345&q=85&sig=iUbmuDZHN6qd34zN5J5lCA–

  211. Here is a photo of Hillary’s dress somewhat.

    d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20090121/capt.8e950365519a4ebda76148a3d95de12a.inauguration_clinton_dcdb102.jpg?x=400&y=269&q=85&sig=S129pGBldLZUP47WdkViLg–

  212. Marie3548

    I am getting nowhere with that link. I even put www in front of it, and it says it cannot find it. What am I doning wrong.

  213. wbboei,

    Now that the dust has settled somewhat, do you still think Obama never wanted or expected Hillary to accept his SOS offer? Is there more to this story?

  214. use this for clinton’s pic
    d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20090121/capt.8e950365519a4ebda76148a3d95de12a.inauguration_clinton_dcdb102.jpg

    and this for our new queen of fashions

    d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20090121/i/r23387096.jpg

  215. blogs.telegraph.co.uk/Barack Obama inauguration: his worst speech
    Posted By: Alex Spillius at Jan 20, 2009 at 19:56:31 [General]
    Posted in: Eagle Eye
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    Barack Obama, history, inauguration, past, speech , worst
    QUITE a day, but not much of speech unfortunately. Obama got where he is by speechifying, but this effort would not have won him many votes. It was his worst on a grand stage, though still better than most politicians could muster.
    The delivery, as ever, was first class, but the message was wasn’t clear enough and the language not insufficiently inspiring.
    As soon as the applause had died down, an African American standing man near me on the Mall said to his friend: “I thought the speech was shit.” Another woman said, correctly, that “we had heard it all before at other events”.
    In a way Obama was a victim of his own success. Having given so many dynamic speeches he had set his own bar very high. What he tried to do at his inauguration was tell Americans that they had to sacrifice to make gains, while making them believe this was well within their capabilities. The emphasis on sacrifice was too weak however.
    To the disappointment of many black people in the crowd, he also made but one reference to the enormity of a black man occupying the White House for the first time. Obama has never laboured the issue of his race, but on this historic day the issue needed more.
    Jon Favreau, his co-writer, recently admitted that he had been pouring over previous inaugural speeches. That might have been a bad idea. Obama seemed weighed down by the past, and failed to seize the moment.

    As my mother used to say same shit warmed over.

    LOL

  216. Barack Obama inauguration: his worst speech
    Posted By: Alex Spillius at Jan 20, 2009 at 19:56:31 [General]
    Posted in: Eagle Eye
    Tags:
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    Barack Obama, history, inauguration, past, speech , worst
    QUITE a day, but not much of speech unfortunately. Obama got where he is by speechifying, but this effort would not have won him many votes. It was his worst on a grand stage, though still better than most politicians could muster.
    The delivery, as ever, was first class, but the message was wasn’t clear enough and the language not insufficiently inspiring.
    As soon as the applause had died down, an African American standing man near me on the Mall said to his friend: “I thought the speech was shit.” Another woman said, correctly, that “we had heard it all before at other events”.
    In a way Obama was a victim of his own success. Having given so many dynamic speeches he had set his own bar very high. What he tried to do at his inauguration was tell Americans that they had to sacrifice to make gains, while making them believe this was well within their capabilities. The emphasis on sacrifice was too weak however.
    To the disappointment of many black people in the crowd, he also made but one reference to the enormity of a black man occupying the White House for the first time. Obama has never laboured the issue of his race, but on this historic day the issue needed more.
    Jon Favreau, his co-writer, recently admitted that he had been pouring over previous inaugural speeches. That might have been a bad idea. Obama seemed weighed down by the past, and failed to seize the moment.

    As my mother used to say same shit warmed over

    LOL

  217. Obama volunteers may be thinking twice today. Lots of them got purple tickets for the inauguration and many of them laid out big bucks to be there at some ungodly hour of the morning. The experience was to be something of a disappointment.
    For the way that the groundlings of the campaign were treated just have a peek at this to experience the thrill that we were spared:

    http://firedoglake.com/2009/01/20/worst-inauguration-ever/

  218. I just sent the following fax to Sen. Cornyn since their phone lines are all busy:
    ———————————————-
    Has Senator Cornyn finished making a fool of himself? He should take a course in logic to discover the disconnect between a global charity and an American “conflict of interest”.

    He can then defend his partisan delay of a desperately needed Sec. of State doing her job for his 15 minutes of publicity.

    Disgraceful behaviour, Senator.
    ———————–

    I then signed my name and sent it.

  219. Notice it was Bill and Hillary in front eow of church service in between Bidens and Obamas…Let’s face it, he won’t make a move or decision without their input as he is completely unprepared for the job….I’ll give him kudos for “winning” the primary by dividing our nation even further by race, but the guy is not much better than your avergae high-school debate club member.

  220. Cornyn Vitter and DeMint what total trash! I hope that when Hillary becomes president in 2016 She has plans to even the score with these sorry excuses for senators. I dont for one minute regret my vote for the hero Senator John Mc Cain and the respect he continues to show Hillary! He is a class act and now that the media has elected their messiah he can again be in their good graces.

  221. Agreed…proud my first Republican vote was for McCain,yet, like the Cardinals tonight, he lost as well. Interesting that Obama choose Steelers as yet, another insult to Mc Cain . By the way, didi Bill watch Superbowl with Judas ..lol. Also. if Hillary was Prez, MSM would expect full economic recovery , peace in mideast, and the end to global warming all with in first week…looks like Bambi will get 8 yrs…

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