Monthly Archives: January 2009

Obama Reads Bush’s Letter from FOD Team

Hat Tip: Funny or Die.com

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An Odd Pairing Indeed

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Hat Tip: PrettyBoring.com

A President that Frozen Minnesota could get Behind

South Minneapolis Winter / Northstar Chronicle

South Minneapolis Winter / Northstar Chronicle

“Because of what? Some ice? We’re going to have to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this town,” Obama said this morning. “I’m saying that when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things.”

-President Barack Obama, after Washington, DC schools closed due to wintry weather.

QoD: Alan Grayson on Rush Limbaugh

“Rush Limbaugh is a has-been hypocrite loser, who craves attention. His right-wing lunacy sounds like Mikhail Gorbachev, extolling the virtues of communism. Limbaugh actually was more lucid when he was a drug addict. If America ever did 1 percent of what he wanted us to do, then we’d all need pain killers.”

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson

Hat Tip: Down With Tyranny

Two Photos on Why America is Great

From the Washington Post‘s coverage.

Nikki Khan / Washington Post

Nikki Khan / Washington Post

Linda Davidson / Washington Post

Linda Davidson / Washington Post

Belated Thoughts on the Inauguration

As you probably know, everyone and their grandmother were blogging on the inauguration last week. I just didn’t feel like it, to be honest, to be typing away at a computer while history was happening.

I got up late, watched the inauguration speech (which was truly sobering AND great) and turned it off during the official poem (which SUCKED way beyond what words can say). Afterward, me and my sweetie got dressed and went to a neighborhood bar. I bought a beer for myself and a round of drinks for the afternoon drinkers there. And then we left for an Irish pub where we had a nice lunch. To put things in perspective, people at the first bar were watching inauguration coverage and the people at the second bar were watching a Manchester United soccer match!

Later that night we attended a party. Everyone there could not believe that Bush and Cheney’s term had finally come to an end. I was as amazed as the next person.

QoD: Andrew Sullivan on Obama’s Centrism & Entitlement Reform

“…given that the possibility of a second great depression requires massive borrowing for a year or two, entitlement reform may be unavoidable. How do you persuade the global markets to lend the US more money in the short term if you do not show some small chance of getting back to fiscal sanity in the long term?

If Obama manages to leverage this crisis toward entitlement reform, he would become an historic president. It really would be Buchanan-Lincoln. I’ve spent too long in DC to believe it, but I can still hope can’t I? And the key thing this time around is whether we can build a grass-roots movement to support Obama in this, just as we did in the campaign. Raise the retirement age, means-test social security, raise Medicare premiums for the affluent. After what has amounted to a generational war on the under-40s under Bush, re-balancing is actually a moral cause.”

Andrew Sullivan, 01.16.09