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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

This is from "Christmas Story" but I think it applies to Thanksgiving dinner as well. May yours be just as merry. No posts until after the holiday.

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Real Estate Downfall

Here's a side of Hitler you don't always get to see.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Who Is the President?

Not that I mind him taking over, but I find it amusing that Obama is acting much more Presidential and just sort of taking over the job while President Bush seems content to let it happen.

Obama held another news conference today to announce more of his economic team and to announce more economic decisions. He could've been economical and done all this in one day, but I get the sense he wants to be seen as out in front of this before he gets into office (duh) so that he can hit the ground running.

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Palin on Turkey Slaughter: "No Worries"

I promise there will be a reprieve from the turkey slaughter talk in time for Thanksgiving, but this is just funny.

Palin denies that she knew what was going on in the background during the interview, but the photographer has a different story. From Andrew Sullivan:

Scott Jensen is the one who filmed the scene. He’s local station KTUU’s award winning chief photographer. He told CC from KUDO radio yesterday that Sarah Palin, who was standing next to her personal assistant throughout the entire interview, chose the spot on which she stood for the “turkey slaughter interview” that quickly went viral on the internet, and received wide coverage in the news media. The turkey slaughter was already underway when the governor chose the spot. The photographer pointed out what was going on and asked her if she wanted to move. She said, “No worries.”

But Palin is now denying all of it, and implicitly calling the photographer a liar:

“The [Alaska] governor did not know it was going on behind her,” Palin’s spokesperson tells ET of the reportedly grisly scene at Triple D Farm & Hatchery outside Wasilla. Cameras captured Palin extending the annual Thanksgiving pardon to one turkey while a farm hand slaughtered the bird’s feathered friends in the background.

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Olbermann and the Unblurred Palin Turkey Video

Olbermann watches the Palin turkey video (unblurred - so watch out) for the first time live on Countdown last night. Olbermann mixes in the class WKRP Turkey drop episode and adds this classic line to sum up Palin's faux pas: "As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Obama Names Economic Team

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Daily Show: Best Sarah Palin Moments

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

SNL: Bill Comments on Hillary's Appointment

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SNL: A Message from Rahm Emmanuel

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SNL: Turkey Run

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Palin the Turkey Killer

Update: MSNBC reports that Palin says she was aware of the massacre, that several turkeys were slaughtered during the interview, and no she wasn't bothered by it. True story.

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Greatest turkey killing video ever. (No, I don't advocate the slaughter of innocent animals, just the humiliation of not so innocent politicians). Palin with the money quotes to help the video. She says, she's always in charge of the turkey and "this was neat ... you need a little bit of levity in this job. Certainly we'll probably invite criticism for doing this too, but at least this was fun." Too true. Props for this moment in history go to the cameraman for not changing the shot and the turkey slaughter guy for daring to do it right on camera.

From CNN:
But former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin is causing a stir for an interview she gave after pardoning an Alaska turkey Thursday, during which one bird was being slaughtered in the background.

Palin appeared unaware of what was going on directly behind her, though she did seem to take a glance at the unfortunate event at one particular point during the interview.

"It's nice to support a local business and just participate in something that isn't so heavy handed politics that invites criticism," Palin said during the interview. "Certainly will probably invite criticism for even doing this too, but at least it was fun."

"I am always in charge of the turkey so I am where I need to be today to prepare for that," she also said.

hat tip: my dad

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Daily Show: Dude, Where's my Car Industry?

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Daily Show: Iraq Surrenders

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Couric Talks Palin Interview on Letterman

From the Huffington Post:

Couric said that Palin may have gotten tripped up because she was not
prepared to answer more general questions during their interview following her
visit to the UN.

"I started by asking her who most impressed her as Vice
President and why, what was the best and worst things Dick Cheney had done as
Vice President, why was Roe v. Wade an ill-conceived or a bad Supreme Court
decision," Couric told Letterman. "And I think she really hadn't anticipated
those kinds of questions, so I think it might've thrown her off a bit. And then
we got into foreign policy — because, after all, she was at the UN meeting with
world leaders — and clearly she was struggling with some of those answers."

While Couric did note that, in Palin's defense, they were not easy
questions to answer, Letterman reminded her that the "What newspapers and
magazines do you read?" question was an easy one that Palin blew. Couric
explained how it came about and said that she disagrees with the way Palin is
characterizing the question in post-election interviews.

"We we doing
one of these walk-and-talks, it was a casual part of the interview, and I just
said, 'I'm curious, what do you read? What has helped you shape your worldview?
What do you read to stay informed?'" Couric explained.

"A good question
but an easy question," Letterman said.

"It was just really something I
was curious about," Couric said, "and I'm not sure whether she was afraid to
offend certain people, if she would offend conservatives by saying she read the
New York Times....Even in the post-election interviews, Dave, that she's done,
nobody's really asked her, 'Why didn't you answer that question?' She claims
that I said, 'What do you read up there in Alaska?' as if people in Alaska don't
read or don't have access to reading materials. I never said that. I'm aware
people in Alaska have access."

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Daily Show: Talking Andrew Jackson

Why the editor of Newsweek thinks Barack Obama is like Andrew Jackson. In only one way: both their supporters think they walk on water. It's also a great look at one of the most fascinating characters in American history.

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Daily Show: Obama Merchandise

Lewis Black returns with a look at Obama merchandise already up for sale, including Obama condoms.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Biden Gets Cupcakes from Obama

Barack Obama, newly elected President of the United States, went out of his way to lavish a birthday surprise on Joe Biden today. Or at least he could've. Instead, he bought a dozen cupcakes, slapped some candles on them, and called it good. From Huff Po:

Biden's birthday is Thursday, but Obama surprised his No. 2 after their weekly lunch Wednesday at the transition office in Chicago. According to staff, Obama presented Biden _ a Delaware senator with decades of foreign policy experience _ with a dozen cupcakes decorated with candles and teased, "You're 12 years old!"

Staff reported that Biden, ever astute in the art of politics, laughed at the his boss's joke. He responded: "Maybe in dog years!"

Obama led the rest of the staff in song, then handed over some Chicago-themed gifts: a White Sox cap, a Bears cap and a bucket of Garrett's popcorn, a hometown favorite.

Lame! What's up with that? I've seen office parties with better desserts than that!

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Daily Show: CNN's Magic Wall Conspiracy Thriller

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Daily Show: Obama's Team of Rivals

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Palin's Doodles Revealed

CNN's Jeanne Moos takes a humorous look at what Palin's doodling means.

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Colbert Mad at GMA

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Christopher Hitchens: Hillary as SOS "Ludicrous Embarrassment"

Christopher Hitchens echos the concerns of many Obama supporters, I among them, over Hillary becoming Secretary of State, on Hardball. For a woman who notoriously lied about her foreign policy experience, this seems like a, well, ludicrous embarrassment.

From the Huffington Post:
Christopher Hitchens appeared on "Hardball" Monday night and voiced his strong opposition to Hillary Clinton being named Secretary of State.

Appearing with Peter Beinart of Time, who is for Clinton's appointment, Hitchens said, "This is the woman who played the race card on Obama... This is the woman whose foreign policy experience consists of making a fool of herself and fabricating a story about Bosnia."

He also brought up the Clintons' overseas fundraising connections and called the idea of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State a "ludicrous embarrassment."

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Daily Show: The G20 Summit

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Repent for Obama Vote

Not sure what this does to his tax exemption status, but CNN reports a Catholic priest in Greenville, South Carolina is telling his parishioners to repent before receiving communion for their Obama vote. He says Obama is pro-choice so you sinned if you voted for him.

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Best Pool Report

From Politico:

This afternoon's pool report from The Times's Helene Cooper:

President-elect Obama departed his Hyde Park house at 2:42 p.m. this afternoon, arriving at his transition office in downtown Chicago at 3:03 p.m. Just before he left his house, a police officer stationed a block away stopped two local residents at a concrete barrier.

"Let 'em go, they live here!" another police officer shouted. Then, he added: "You only stop them if they live right next door, or if they look like suicide bombers or something."

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Obama on 60 Minutes

President-Elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle on 60 Minutes.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

SNL: Biden Ready for Prime Time

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Rahm Emanuel Roasts Colbert

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Dick Cavet: The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla

From Dick Cavet in the New York Times:

What on earth are our underpaid teachers, laboring in the vineyards of education, supposed to tell students about the following sentence, committed by the serial syntax-killer from Wasilla High and gleaned by my colleague Maureen Dowd for preservation for those who ask, “How was it she talked?”

My concern has been the atrocities there in Darfur and the relevance to me with that issue as we spoke about Africa and some of the countries there that were kind of the people succumbing to the dictators and the corruption of some collapsed governments on the continent, the relevance was Alaska’s investment in Darfur with some of our permanent fund dollars.

And, she concluded, “never, ever did I talk about, well, gee, is it a country or a continent, I just don’t know about this issue.”

It’s admittedly a rare gift to produce a paragraph in which whole clumps of words could be removed without noticeably affecting the sense, if any.

(A cynic might wonder if Wasilla High School’s English and geography departments are draped in black.)

At the risk of offending, well, you, for example, I worry about just what it is her hollering fans see in her that makes her the ideal choice to deal with the world’s problems: collapsed economies, global warming, hostile enemies and our current and far-flung twin battlefronts, either of which may prove to be the world’s second “30 Years’ War.”

Has there been a poll to see if the Sarah-ites are numbered among that baffling 26 percent of our population who, despite everything, still maintain that President George has done a heckuva job?
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Friday, November 14, 2008

The F-Bomb Meeting: McCain and Obama to Talk

Who do you think will drop the first f-bomb? Rahm Emanuel or John McCain? CNN reports:

"On Monday, President-elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain will meet in Chicago at transition headquarters,” said transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter.

“It's well known that they share an important belief that Americans want and deserve a more effective and efficient government, and will discuss ways to work together to make that a reality. They will be joined in the meeting by Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Rahm Emanuel."

In case you don't know about Emanuel's reputation, here's a video to clue you in, with a courtesy f-bomb from Joe Scarborough (NSFW).

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Jeez.... Hillary? Really? For Secretary of State?

This choice, if true, just makes my stomach hurt. I can't quite put my finger on what bothers me so much but it has something to do with Bill flying around the world taking money from dictatorships blacklisted by the United States in order to benefit his friends minerals business. Do we really want to sit there and watch a Hillary Clinton confirmation hearing with an angry Republican base just dying for something to use to tear down Obama?

I don't care if she's qualified. Politically, it looks good on the outside, but the execution of it leaves me wondering. Are we ever going to move beyond this sort of gotcha politics? I just don't see how she sails smoothly through the nomination process. Who the hell knows what else is lurking out there? I assume Team Obama will find it before the GOP.

Sadly, the thought of Hillary as Secretary of State is more appealing to me than John Kerry. That makes my stomach hurt even worse and it's just purely because I don't like the guy. Can't we bring back Colin Powell or something? How about Chuck Hagel? Jim Baker? That would be a real Team of Rivals.

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Jon Stewart Interviews Bill O'Reilly

Great interview. Stewart and O'Reilly go toe to toe.

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Daily Show: Obama is Hitler

Daily Show examines the comments by a Congressman that Obama was like Hitler.

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Daily Show: Baracknophobia

Daily Show looks at how FOX News drives the culture of fear.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Say What?

Oh, boy. Try and interpret this Palin comment to Wolf Blitzer:

BLITZER: Does that mean you want to come up with a new Sarah Palin initiative that you want to release right now.

PALIN: Gah! Nothing specific right now. Sitting here in these chairs that I’m going to be proposing but in working with these governors who again on the front lines are forced to and it’s our privileged obligation to find solutions to the challenges facing our own states every day being held accountable, not being just one of many just casting votes or voting present every once in a while, we don’t get away with that. We have to balance budgets and we’re dealing with multibillion dollar budgets and tens of thousands of employees in our organizations.

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Jennifer Aniston on 30 Rock

Nothing to do with politics, but this could be a good episode tonight.

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Scary S***

From 2 News in Boise Idaho:

Students chant "Assassinate Obama" on school bus.

REXBURG - Controversial words spoken by kids on a school bus have some Madison County parents concerned.

Matthew Whoolery and his wife aren't blaming the school district for what happened on the bus but they do think all parents need to be careful about what they say and teach their children.

Whoolery and his wife couldn't believe it when their second and third graders got off the bus last week and told them what other students were saying.

"They just hadn't heard anything like this before," said Whoolery. "They were chanting on the bus, 'Assassinate Obama. Assassinate Obama.' Then adding in a name sometimes of a classmate on the bus, 'Assassinate Obama and Kate.'"

The Whoolery's explained to their kids what assassinate means then contacted the school about what was happening.

"I think the thing that struck us was just like, 'Where did they get the word and why would they put that word and that person together?'" said Whoolery.
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At least parents put a stop to it.

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Daily Show: The Man Who Should Be Obama's Energy Czar

T. Boone Pickens has a "tough" reputation, but comes across as a fairly well spoken non-Ross Perot like energy expert advocating an end to American dependence on foreign oil. Good interview with Jon Stewart.

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Daily Show: Palin Queen of America

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Bill O'Reilly on the Daily Show

This should be interesting. Bill O'Reilly is scheduled to be on the Daily Show Thursday night.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Top Ten Most Ridiculous Stories of the Campaign

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Palin Talks About Couric Interview

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Lohan Proud of Our First "Colored" President

Who cares what Lindsay Lohan thinks, right? Pretty funny, though. Sounds like she says at the beginning of this interview of Obama's election, "It's an amazing feeling. It's our first [colored] president." Did she really say that?

I can't think of what else she would've meant or said because she's clearly talking about his race. Multi-racial doesn't sound like "colored." However, she was also born in 1986, not exactly a time when the word "colored" was thrown around. Also, she was raised on Long Island... which means it's hard to understand what the hell she's saying anyway.

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John McCain on the Tonight Show

McCain's first public/late show appearance since the end of the election.

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The Soup's Joel Brings Baby to Countdown

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Show Me Obama!

John McCain may not be too happy about this news.

Looks like we might still have to move Missouri out of the red column and into the blue. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the lead has tightened between John McCain and Barack Obama to just 4,968 votes. There are still another 7,000 provisional ballots yet to be counted from mostly pro-Obama areas. These are ballots that were cast because there was a problem with the voter's registration, or they voted in the wrong district, or any other number of reasons. They may not all be valid ballots. From the Post:
County election officials have recovered almost 3,200 additional votes in the last few days. Most of them came from various electronic voting machines where the votes had apparently not been tallied by polling place workers during the initial collection of votes. Missouri remains the only state where it's officially unclear which candidate carried the state. And it may take another two or three weeks before a winner is declared.
What an accomplishment it would be if Obama took both Indiana and Missouri.

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Obama Honors Veterans

Barack Obama keeps saying there's only one President, but he sure is doing a lot of Presidential things. Today, he honored veterans by laying a wreath at Bronze Soldiers Memorial in Chicago. I just keep thinking of Letterman saying, "I don't think anyone would mind if he started a little early."

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Palin Cooks for Matt Lauer

Palin talks to Matt Lauer about the "brutal ride" that was the campaign. She's much better in this interview than I've seen her in any others. Of course, there wasn't anywhere to go but up.

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Palin: "I Did Not Order Up These Clothes"

I just don't understand why she talks the way she does. It's so hard to listen to her. She makes sense, but it's disjointed. Tina Fey as Palin said it best, "The liberal media with their incessant need to figure out why you used the words you did and why you put them in that order."

Interview highlights:

Palin says they lost by a big margin to Obama because they didn't get the hispanic vote, they were outspent, and they were the incumbancy (sic) party.

She gives some credit to Obama for the win because he was able to "articulate" the change he would bring to America. Truer words have never been spoken.

As far as wanting to give a concession speech on election night, Palin says it was an introduction for McCain that she had written with speech writers from the campaign. She said she was going to "brag [McCain] up."

On the $150,000+ wardrobe she says, "No, I did not order up these clothes." She says she never set foot in Neiman Marcus or any high end store. So Lauer says, Did you send someone else out for you? She says no.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Palin Calls God, God Hangs Up on Her

Oh, I suppose that headline might be a bit harsh, but I thought it was funny. Governor Sarah Palin, having returned to one of the last refuges in the last days (i.e. Alaska), is firing back at her critics, the people she dubs: "bloggers sitting in their parents' basement, wearing their pajamas." I'll have you know I'm sitting on my own couch in my own house wearing my pajamas judging her. And while I'm being snarky, what the hell is she wearing on her head?

In her interview with Greta Van Susteren, Palin also addressed the rumors that she plans to run for President in 2012. She's waiting for a sign from God. Let's hope it's a long wait. From the Huffington Post:

Palin refused to say whether she was planning a run for the White House in 2012, but the devoutly faithful governor said she would wait for a sign from God, and that she is confident God would show the way to the White House.

Faith is a very big part of my life. And putting my life in my creator's hands - this is what I always do. I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is. Even if it's cracked up a little bit, maybe I'll plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don't let me miss an open door. And if there is an open door in (20)12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door.
I wonder if instead of opening any more doors for Palin, God's thinking, "Don't let the door hit you on your way out."

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Olbermann Defends Civil Rights of Gays

There's no crying on Countdown! Olbermann tonight, was almost in tears over the loss of the right for gay people to marry in California. His point, while over the top, is well taken.

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Palin Sorting, Looking for GOP Underwear

From MSNBC, stuff you can't make up:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spent part of the weekend going through her clothing to determine what belongs to the Republican Party after it spent $150,000-plus on a wardrobe for the vice presidential nominee, according to Palin's father.

Palin's father, Chuck Heath, said his daughter spent the day Saturday trying to figure out what belongs to the RNC.

"She was just frantically ... trying to sort stuff out," Heath said. "That's the problem, you know, the kids lose underwear, and everything has to be accounted for.

"Nothing goes right back to normal," he said.

Heath dismissed the clothes controversy as "ridiculous," and said his daughter told him the only clothing or accessories she had personally purchased in the last four months was a pair of shoes.

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The Obamas at the White House

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Obama's First Meeting with Bush

This is from Obama's book "Audacity of Hope" and is a hysterical, whether intended or not, account of his first meeting with President Bush in 2005. Just imagine Jon Stewart doing the voice of President Bush and you'll crack up.
"Obama!" [President Bush] said, shaking my hand. "Come here and meet Laura. Laura, you remember Obama. We saw him on TV during election night. Beautiful family. And that wife of yours - that's one impressive lady."

"We both got better than we deserve, Mr. President," I said, shaking the First Lady's hand and hoping that I'd wiped any crumbs off my face.

The president turned to an aide nearby, who squirted a big dollop of hand sanitizer in the president's hand.

"Want some?" the president asked. "Good stuff. Keeps you from getting colds." Not wanting to seem unhygienic, I took a squirt.

"Come over here for a second," he said, leading me off to one side of the room.

"You know," he said quietly, "I hope you don't mind me giving you a piece of advice."

"Not at all, Mr. President." He nodded. "You've got a bright future," he said. "Very bright. But I've been in this town a while and, let me tell you, it can be tough. When you get a lot of attention like you've been getting, people start gunnin' for ya. And it won't necessarily just be coming from my side, you understand. From yours, too. Everybody'll be waiting for you to slip. Know what I mean? So watch yourself."

"Thanks for the advice, Mr. President."

"All right. I gotta get going. You know, me and you got something in common."

"What's that?" "We both had to debate Alan Keyes. That guy's a piece of work, isn't he?"

I laughed, and as we walked to the door I told him a few stories from the campaign.

It wasn't until he had left the room that I realized I had briefly put my arm over his shoulder as we talked -- an unconscious habit of mine, but one that I suspected might have made many of my friends, not to mention the Secret Service agents in the room, more than a little uneasy.
And now for the shameless plug! You can buy the Audacity of Hope through the link below and some of the proceeds will go to support this blog.

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Obama to set foot in Oval Office Today

President-Elect Barack Obama will be at the White House today to meet with President Bush. CNN reports:

From CNN:

The meeting between president and president-elect is a historic formality, but it's also a time for serious talks.

The two are expected to discuss "a broad range of issues," focusing on the economy, according to a leader of Obama's transition team.

"It's clear that we need to stabilize the economy, to deal with the financial meltdown that's now spreading across the rest of the economy. The auto industry is really, really back on its heels," transition team leader John Podesta said.

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Letterman: 10 Top Revelations about Palin

I missed this when it aired Thursday night, but very funny and worth posting.

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Obama's Brain Trust on 60 Minutes

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Obama's top campaign advisers talk about how they won the election.

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Taking the Weekend Off

I'm taking a post-election break. There will be no posts this weekend unless I see something worthwhile, but chances are I'll mostly be spending the time with my family. We'll resume on Monday.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Olbermann Delights in GOP Throwing Palin Under the Bus

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Daily Show: International Reaction to Obama's Election

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Daily Show: Sarah Palin is So Dumb

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Harvard Yard Celebrates Obama Victory

More from election night, this one in Boston:

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Letterman Gets in One Last Dig at McCain

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Behind the Scenes of the Financial Crisis

The Wall Street Journal has extraordinarily revealing information about what caused John McCain to "suspend" his campaign and travel to Washington to deal with the financial crisis. The finger-pointing at Palin continues. The article also reveals Obama's reaction to what happened when things blew up in the White House crisis meeting. Obama and Bush apparently had to team up to work together, without McCain's help.
Beyond the economic tumult, troubles in the McCain camp had contributed to the Republican's extraordinary move. These included a shaky performance by his running mate in a mock debate and an admonition to Sen. McCain by some major donors to quit blasting Wall Street and focus on solutions. Suspending the campaign, one McCain adviser recalls hoping, would let them "push the reset button."

"What does that mean -- suspend the campaign?" Sen. Obama asked his staff on the trail, according to aides. At a news conference in Florida, he said, "It's going to be part of the president's job to be able to deal with more than one thing at once."

The next day, while conservative House Republicans maneuvered behind the scenes to block the bailout bill, Sen. McCain sat largely silent at a crisis summit at the White House. Afterward, Sen. Obama called his staff from his car: "I've never seen anything like this," he said, according to several aides. "Some of the Republicans are clueless. Bush and I were trying to convince them."
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Meet Obama's Press Secretary

Politico 44 reports, Barack Obama has named Robert Gibbs as his new press secretary. You may remember this turn Gibbs did, shutting down Sean Hannity after one of the debates.

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New Yorkers Celebrate Obama's Victory

More footage from Election Night as New Yorkers break out the Star Spangled Banner on St. Mark's Street. Video courtesy Indecision 2008.

Jon Stewart discussed the "happiness" that had come over New Yorkers after Obama's victory, and how it scares him. Says Stewart, "It's the weirdest thing on the streets today. There's this thing going on that I haven't seen before. It's called eye contact. As you walk the streets of New York City people are making eye contact, and they're nodding and smiling. What is this, the 1800s people? I'm literally afraid someone on the street is going to invite me over for pie. I don't care for it. You know what? Yes, you can but no I don't have to."

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Daily Show: Obama Victory Coverage

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Holy Shit.

I wrote this as a JOKE a couple of weeks ago. I imagined a scenario where after the election McCain advisers revealed that Palin didn't know all the continents. In my story, she didn't recognize Antarctica as a continent. I had toyed with the idea of having her just not know that Africa was a continent but decided that was too unrealistic!! Guess I figured out the truth. Per FOX News, she DIDN'T KNOW AFRICA WAS A CONTINENT!!

Here's what I wrote:

"It was shocking," says Joe. "I started out the prepping on a pretty basic level after she was unable to answer some geography questions. Just out of curiosity, I asked her, 'How many continents are there?' She replied, 'Six.' Naturally, I asked her to name the ones she thought were continents. She named six of them and then stopped. I asked her about the one she'd left out, 'Why didn't you mention Antarctica?' She replied, 'In Alaska, we don't believe in the South Pole. The North Pole is the only one that matters.' I knew right then, this was going to be a long election."

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A Look Back at the 2008 Campaign

CNN compiles a highlight reel.

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Goldendoodle for the First Daughters?

The really big question about an Obama White House is, will Malia get her Goldendoodle? From the Chicago Tribune:

"I love you both more than you can imagine," Obama told his daughters, Sasha and Malia. "You have earned the puppy that is coming with us."

Malia, 10, has already expressed a desire for a "goldendoodle," a hypoallergenic hybrid of a golden retriever and a standard poodle that typically can't be found at the pound and isn't recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club.

Those dogs can be huge! Compared to President Bush's dog, Barney, who could fit under his arm, a Goldendoodle could weigh up to 150 pounds and stand as high as three feet.

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Angry McCain Aide on Palin: "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast"

Incredibly incendiary stuff about Palin is coming out in Newsweek's all access behind the scenes look at both campaigns. That $150,000 price tag for clothes? WAY under reported. And she was the one buying all the clothes, it wasn't the campaign pushing them on her.

Here are some highlights from Newsweek via Huffington Post:

--NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin's shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

-- McCain himself rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign and aides kept him in the dark about the details of her spending on clothes because they were sure he would be offended. Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request.

-- Palin launched her attack on Obama's association with William Ayers, the former Weather Underground bomber, before the campaign had finalized a plan to raise the issue. McCain's advisers were working on a strategy that they hoped to unveil the following week, but McCain had not signed off on it, and top adviser Mark Salter was resisting.

Newsweek also has other interesting points from the election:

-- The Obama campaign was provided with reports from the Secret Service showing a sharp and very disturbing increase in threats to Obama in September and early October, at the same time that the crowds at Palin rallies became more frenzied. Michelle Obama was shaken by the vituperative crowds and the hot rhetoric from the GOP candidates. "Why would they try to make people hate us?" Michelle Obama said to a top campaign aide.

-- On the Sunday night before the last debate, McCain's core group of advisers--Steve Schmidt, Rick Davis, adman Fred Davis, strategist Greg Strimple, pollster Bill McInturff and strategy director Sarah Simmons -- met to decide whether or not to tell McCain that the race was effectively over, that he no longer had a chance to win. The consensus in the room was no, not yet, not while he still had "a pulse."

-- McCain also was reluctant to use Obama's incendiary pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright as a campaign issue. He had set firm boundaries: no Jeremiah Wright; no attacking Michelle Obama; no attacking Obama for not serving in the military. McCain balked at an ad using images of children that suggested that Obama might not protect them from terrorism; Schmidt vetoed ads suggesting that Obama was soft on crime (no Willie Hortons); and before word even got to McCain, Schmidt and Salter scuttled a "celebrity" ad of Obama dancing with talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres (the sight of a black man dancing with a lesbian was deemed too provocative).

-- Obama was never inclined to choose Sen. Hillary Clinton as his running mate, not so much because she had been his sometime bitter rival on the campaign trail, but because of her husband. Still, as Hillary's name came up in veep discussions, and Obama's advisers gave all the reasons why she should be kept off the ticket, Obama would stop and ask, "Are we sure?" He needed to be convinced one more time that the Clintons would do more harm than good. McCain, on the other hand, was relieved to face Biden as the veep choice, and not Hillary Clinton, whom the McCain camp had truly feared.

-- The debates unnerved both candidates. When he was preparing for the Democratic primary debates, Obama was recorded saying, "I don't consider this to be a good format for me, which makes me more cautious. I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, 'You know, this is a stupid question, but let me ... answer it.' So when Brian Williams is asking me about what's a personal thing that you've done [that's green], and I say, you know, 'Well, I planted a bunch of trees.' And he says, 'I'm talking about personal.' What I'm thinking in my head is, 'Well, the truth is, Brian, we can't solve global warming because I f---ing changed light bulbs in my house. It's because of something collective'."

You can read the first chapter of Newsweek's book about the election HERE.

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Grant Park in Chicago Celebrates

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Celebration in DC - U Street Celebrates

Down by Howard University it was a BIG celebration.

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Daily Show Announces Obama is President

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Moment

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Obama's Victory Speech

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McCain's Concession Speech

The Phone Call, per First Read:

Per Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs, McCain called president-elect Obama at 10 PM Central.

"Senator Obama thanked Senator McCain for his graciousness and said he had waged a tough race. Senator Obama told Senator McCain he was consistently someone who has showed class and honor during this campaign as he has during his entire life in public service.

Senator Obama said he was eager to sit down and talk about how the two of them can work together - Obama said to move this country forward "I need your help, you're a leader on so many important issues."

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Election Results - MSNBC Live Coverage

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy Election Day

I will be participating in the election process Tuesday as a polling agent. That's a fancy term for a poll watcher on behalf of the Democratic party in order to make sure no one gets cheated out of voting. Of course, I'm in Kansas so I don't think we'll have any highly irregular activity. Working for the Democratic party has reminded me that I am a Republican at heart, but that doesn't mean I don't want to see Obama win. I just don't think Kansas will be a victory for him. Obviously.

What all this means is that I'll be unable to post for most of, if not all of, the day. After the polls close I'll be back and ready to blog. Please check back for updates (if you're not out celebrating, crying or just sitting around) later in the evening.

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Obama: Get Out and Vote

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If You Have a Moment

There is a survey at the top of the right hand column on this page about this blog. If you have a moment, I'd appreciate you taking the survey. Thanks.

If you have any other feedback you'd like to send me, you can always write me at

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Super Barack

From the guys who gave us Baracky, Baracky II, and the Empire Strikes Barack now comes Super Barack:

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The Final Push for Virginia

The Washington Post goes behind the scenes of the Obama and McCain campaigns in Virginia.

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Sullivan: We are in a war for the future of human civilization

Andrew Sullivan lays out his case for Barack Obama, and it is as dramatic a case as any I've seen.

The truth is: we are in a war for the future of human civilization. We are fighting for a world in which destructive technology need not collide with fierce religious fundamentalism to annihilate us all; for a world in which dialogue across cultures and religions and regions (even within America) is essential if we are to survive.

The world will soon remember why it resents America as well as loves it. But until this unlikely fellow with the funny ears and strange name and exotic biography emerged on the scene, I had begun to wonder if it was possible at all. I had almost given up hope, and he helped restore it. That is what is stirring out there; and although you are welcome to mock me for it, I remain unashamed. As someone once said, in the unlikely story of America, there is never anything false about hope. Obama, moreover, seems to bring out the best in people, and the calmest, and the sanest. He seems to me to have a blend of Midwestern good sense, an intuitive understanding of the developing world that is as much our future now as theirs', an analyst's mind and a poet's tongue. He is human. He is flawed. He will make mistakes. His passivity and ambiguity are sometimes weaknesses as well as strengths.

But there is something about his rise that is also supremely American, a reminder of why so many of us love this country so passionately and are filled with such grief at what has been done to it and in its name. I endorse Barack Obama because I will not give up on America, because I believe in America, and in her constitution and decency and character and strength.

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Obama Doesn't Want to See Your Underwear

The MTV interviews of the candidates (well, I've only seen Obama's) are always the most interesting to me. MTV did an "Ask Obama" segment in which he was asked about all kinds of issues, including whether there should be a law against people wearing saggy pants.

From Politico:
Sway: I know people have piercings, tattoos. Eric, in particular, is talking about a ban on sagging pants. Do feel like people should be penalized?

Obama: Here is my attitude: I think people passing a law against people wearing sagging pants is a waste of time. We should be focused on creating jobs, improving our schools, health care, dealing with the war in Iraq, and anybody, any public official, that is worrying about sagging pants probably needs to spend some time focusing on real problems out there. Having said that, brothers should pull up their pants. You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What's wrong with that? Come on. There are some issues that we face, that you don't have to pass a law, but that doesn't mean folks can't have some sense and some respect for other people and, you know, some people might not want to see your underwear — I'm one of them.
You can see the rest of the MTV interview HERE.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Palin: Media Covering Up Available Interviews

Sarah Palin says the dastardly, liberal media has been hiding comments by Barack Obama about coal plants for months! Where, you ask, have they kept them hidden? First, they hid them by publishing the comments in the San Francisco Chronicle. Then, they further hid them by making the audio of the comments available online! What will they do next? Tell Palin voters how to use the Internet so they can actually find them? What bastards! From CNN:
Campaigning in coal country just two days before the presidential election, Sarah Palin is highlighting an interview Barack Obama gave to the San Francisco Chronicle in January in which the Democrat suggested coal plants would be bankrupted by his cap-and-trade proposal.

Audio of Obama’s comments began bubbling up on major conservative blogs over the last 24 hours, and Palin wondered why voters were only now hearing about the remarks. The insinuation that the Chronicle had been hiding the coal comments from the public brought about shouts of “Liberal media!” from the crowd.

“Why is the audio tape just now surfacing?,” Palin asked. “This interview was given to San Francisco folks many, many months ago. You should have known about this, so that you would have better decision-making information as you go into the voting booth.”

Contrary to her attempts to portray a media cover-up, audio and video recordings of Obama’s January 17 sit-down with the Chronicle editorial board have been freely available online for more than nine months.

Palin also accused Tina Fey of secretly portraying her on SNL, Barack Obama of secretly campaigning as a democrat, and John McCain of secretly calling her a maverick.

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England Blows Up Palin

A 400-year-old tradition in Battle, England set its sites on Palin this year. The town chose her as the political figure they would blow up as part of an annual celebration.

From CNN:

Townsfolk in England have delivered their explosive verdict on Sarah Palin, stuffing a giant effigy of the U.S. Republican vice presidential nominee with fireworks and blowing her up to raucous cheers.

This year's creation was a rather unflattering depiction of the self-declared "hockey mom," a machine gun brandished in her muscular arms, bright red lipstick surrounding a grimacing smile and a moose at her side.

Daubed beneath her was the slogan: "Too hot to handle."

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Worst Woman of the Year


GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. - A woman refused Halloween candy to children whose parents support Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Television station WJBK reported that a sign posted outside Nagel's house in suburban Detroit served this notice to children seeking treats: "No handouts for Obama supporters, liars, tricksters or kids of supporters."

Nagel told WJBK that "Obama's scary." When asked about children who were turned away empty-handed and crying, she said: "Oh well. Everybody has a choice."

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Palin Gets Pranked by Canadian Radio Host

Sadly, this is real.

From CNews:

In an over-the-top accent, one half of a notorious Quebec comedy duo claims to be the president of France as he describes sex with his famous wife, the joy of killing animals and Hustler magazine's latest Sarah Palin porno spoof.

At the other end of the line? An oblivious Sarah Palin.

The Masked Avengers, a radio pairing notorious for prank calls to celebrities and heads of state, notched its latest victory Saturday when it released a recording of a six-minute call with Palin, who thought she was talking with Nicolas Sarkozy.

Throughout the conversation, Audette drops plenty of clues that something's amiss.

He identifies French singer and actor Johnny Hallyday as his special adviser to the U.S., singer Stef Carse as Canada's prime minister and Quebec comedian and radio host Richard Z. Sirois as the provincial premier.

"We should go hunting together," Palin offers when Audette professes a love of hunting - or, more precisely, killing animals. "We can have a lot of fun together while we're getting work done. We could kill two birds with one stone."

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McCain Liked Anna Nicole's TV Show

She wasn't a beauty queen, but he sure seemed smitten. Pretty funny.

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