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  • LiveBlog: The Inauguration of That One Guy Everyone's Always Talking About

    12:40 – Well, that's the ceremony. Now, there is just the parade to be endured.

    12:39 – Damn! I was hoping for sea shantiers!

    12:38 – Sea chanters?!

    12:36 – From the comments: "Bush to Obama after speech: 'Hey, did you understand anything that guy up there just talked about?'" – JC

    12:34 - At the rate he's reading, we all might die mid-prayer. – Matthew Tobey

    12:33 – I hope this guy doesn't die mid-prayer.

    12:32 – Another reverend? Where's the imam? where's the rabbi? Where's the witchdoctor? I feel left out.

    12:31 – This po – em su – cks.

    12:30 – What about the separation of poetry and state? – Mary Phillips-Sandy

    12:28 – I think I rejected this poem back when I was editing my old online lit-zine.

    12:27 - This – lady – enunci – ates – clear – ly. – Mary Phillips-Sandy

    12:26 - Well, that was a pretty nice speech. It's really weird to be aware of yourself watching history unfold. It feels a little like huffing spray paint.

    12:25 - Doris Kearns Goodwin just got the vapors. – Karen Lurie

    12:24 - From the comments: "I keep expecting the camera to catch Bush hastily thumbing through a dictionary to follow Obama's speech." – Paul

    12:23 – From the comments: "Obama just mentioned, 'The Force.' A Jedi is he hmmmph!" – Cube

    12:21 – Is Obama the first president to actually acknowledge that some people might not believe in a sky god, hallowed be its name?

    12:20 – "Nonbelievers." God bless him. – Matthew Tobey

    12:18 – They sure didn't waste any time updating

    12:16 – Wow! What an amazing day for America! We actually have a Muslim atheist communist foreign-born president with a fake birth certificate.

    We've come a long way, baby!

    12:14 – He just said "science"! And he didn't say it with a sneer! Oh my god, is that guy really my president now?

    12:13 – Any time my excitement about this moment flags, I just think about how much all of this cuts into the souls of people like Michelle Malkin.

    12:10 – There are about twenty million Americans puzzled as to why Obama is not raising the roof right now. – Dustin Chinn

    12:08 – From the comments: "I can't decide whether I'm supposed to make popcorn or genuflect." – Katie D.

    12:07 – Shit! That canon is shooting at Obama! Stop that thing!

    12:06 – It's over! Barack Obama is our president! George W. Bush no longer.

    12:05 – Holy shit, this is actually happening. Obama is being sworn in for real right now!

    12:04 – So is Joe Biden Bush's VP until Obama is sworn in? – Matthew Tobey

    12:03 - Here's a 2%er: Yo Yo Ma playing is probably giving Josh Lyman flashbacks to when he got shot. – Matthew Tobey

    (Apparently, that's a West Wing joke. I didn't get it, because I refuse to watch a show that supposes an Irish president.)

    12:02 – Is that Yo Yo Ma playing with Itzhak Perlman? Too much diversity! Too much diversity!

    12:00 – How'd that fiddler get down off his roof? Get back up on the roof, fiddler!

    11:58 – Did you feel a disturbance in the force? Dick Cheney is no longer vice president. He's just some mean old Mr. Potter-looking guy.

    11:57 - Joe Biden is getting sworn in. He looks like he's been blinded in some kind of bar fight, though.

    11:53 - Now THAT is a church hat Aretha's wearing. – Dustin Chinn

    11:52 – This invocation is mighty Christiany, isn't it? What about the rest of the country?

    11:51 - Sasha does not have five syllables, Rick Warren. Matthew Tobey

    11:51 – I wonder how many hardcore Evangelicals are spitting at their TVs right now.

    11:50 – Funny. They didn't "forget" to televise Warren's prayer.

    11:49 - From the comments: "A purpose driven Warren looks like he needs a purpose driven diet." – banana

    11:48 – Rick Warren just told me that everything exists for God's glory. I wish somebody would have told me that before. I would have taken better care of my old Millenium Falcon toy.

    11:46 - Dianne Feinstein looks like she buys her hair from the same place as Rod Blagojevich.

    11:44 - From the comments: "The crowd boos Bush and sings "Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye." Is everyone in the Mall from Philly?" – Cube

    11:43 – Jesus H. Christ, it's Barack H. Obama!

    11:41 – Holy god, that's a lot of people crammed in there! I wonder who's the guy in the way back.

    11:40 – Wow! That's a whole lot of people applauding for Joe Biden. Seems unnatural.

    11:39 – Wonder if Michelle Obama's discovered the treasure map hidden in the Lincoln Bible. – Dustin Chinn

    11:37 – What the hell is that thing on George Bush Sr.'s head? Shouldn't the Secret Service be taking care of that problem?

    11:34 - From the comments: "Like I told my wife, while I have never known a world with a black President, our daughter will never remember a world without one." – Bearness

    That's a pretty cool thought.

    11:33 - As of right now, George Bush is still president. Soak it up now while you can.

    11:30 - The crowd is chanting, "Obama! Obama! Obama!" Yes, I believe they are ready to do his bidding.

    11:25 – Okay, so I'm finally set up. Sorry I'm so late. My morning ablutions toward the White House took longer than I'd expected. But I'm here now.

    So, uh, what's going on here? Some kind of ceremony or something?

    Tags: Barack Obama, Barbara Bush, Bill Clinton, Christianity, Constitution, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Cheney, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, House of Representatives, Inauguration, Jenna Bush, Jill Biden, Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden, Laura Bush, Malia Obama, Michelle Obama, Rick Warren, Sasha Obama, Senate, Supreme Court, Washington DC
  • From the Pork Barrel: More Ball Tending Than an Ivy League Frat House

    * Barack Obama never did make it to this inaugural ball. Despite the higher level of intelligence than you'd find at most political functions.

    * Somehow, I don't think he'll be making an appearance at this one either. Despite the higher class of people than you'd find at most political functions.

    * Barack Obama to be sworn in alongside 500 body doubles… Just in case.

    * The Palin family don't take kindly to white trash, ya know?

    * Cindy McCain fields tough questions in her hardest interview to date.

    * It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. Again.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Barbara Bush, Bristol Palin, Cindy McCain, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Inauguration, Levi Johnston, Meghan McCain, Pork Barrel, Sarah Palin, The Onion, Tripp Johnston-Palin
  • Jeb Bush to Keep the Bush Family Torch Burning in Senate?

    You simply cannot keep the Bush family very far removed public office.

    On January 20th — when George W. Bush ends his second term as president — it will be the first time since January 17, 1995 — when W. was inaugurated as governor of Texas — that a member of the Bush family has not held a prominent public office.

    And even then, W. was only closing a two year window after his father handed the reigns of the presidency over to Bill Clinton. The last time, before that, was that nary a single Bush shone in the political limelight was January 20, 1981, when George H.W. Bush was sworn in as vice president under Ronald Reagan. In fact, the Bushes have not allowed their name to flutter very far from office since Grampa Prescott Bush first took office as a senator in 1952.

    But, don't worry, because the Bushes are not planning on staying away for very long at all…

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — the younger brother of the president — is weighing a run for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Mel Martinez.

    Martinez announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in 2010. Asked whether he was interested in running for the seat then, Bush told Politico by e-mail Tuesday night: "I am considering it."

    And, if for any reason, Jeb is unable to get re-elected in the slowly-skewing Democratic state of Florida in 2016, the Bush twins — Jenna and Barbara — will be 33 by then.

    Well old enough to serve in congress. And only two years shy of making the mark for president.

    Tags: Barbara Bush, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, Jenna Bush, Senate
  • George W. Bush's Dad Will Golf for John McCain, But George W. Bush Will Not (We Think)

    Are you rich? Are you a Republican? Do you enjoy putting on plaid pants and swinging a stick at a small white ball while surrounded by other rich Republicans? Can your driver/pilot locate the coast of Maine on a map? If you answered yes to all these questions, have I got exciting news for you!

    Next Monday George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara are hosting a fundraiser for John McCain near their summer home in Kennebunkport. And you can go if you have a lot of money.

    According to a solicitation sent by the McCain camp, for the low, low price of $5,000, you can play a round of golf at Cape Arundel Golf Course, Bush's home course.

    Now, as we all know, George W. "Junior" Bush has forsworn golf, because golf sends the wrong message to the families of soldiers killed in Iraq. The invitation makes it quite clear that the president maybe, probably, I think, will not be actually physically hitting the small white ball with a stick himself:

    "Both President Bush and Governor Jeb Bush will be stopping by to greet the foursomes," the missive promises. "The course is reserved for this private group, and VIPs will be visiting during your round of golf. This event is a great way to end a weekend getaway, and we would be honored if you can attend."

    To repeat: "greeting foursomes" on the golf course is not the same as "golfing."

    Much in the same way that "showing respect for American soldiers killed in action" is not the same as "not golfing."

    Tags: Barbara Bush, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Iraq, John McCain, Maine