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 whitehouse.gov.
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
I appears that Jill Biden isn't any better then her husband Joe at keeping her mouth shut…
The wife of Vice President-elect Joe Biden let it slip to Oprah Winfrey Monday that her husband had a pick of two jobs in the Obama administration.
Jill Biden said President-elect Barack Obama gave Biden the choice of being secretary of state or vice president. The vice president-elect tried to hush his wife as soon as the words came out of her mouth, with a loud "shhh!" that sent the audience into laughter.
They really are meant for one another, aren't they?
After giving away important administration secrets, Jill Biden explained why she prefered her husband to take the less-prestigious role as VP…
"If you're secretary of state, you'll be away, we'll never see you, you know," she said. "I'll see you at a state dinner once in a while. But I said, if you are vice president, the entire family, because they worked so hard for the election, they can be involved. They can come to our home. They can go to events, they can be with us all the time. And that's what's important to us."
Coincidentally, that's pretty much exactly the same reason that Bill Clinton had for working so hard to secure the role of Secretary of State for his wife Hillary.
But in reverse.
Tags: Jill Biden, Joe Biden, Obama Administration, Oprah Winfrey
by Michael Arceneaux
We finally have a First Lady with a sense of style that doesn't warrant an automatic bitch slap from Joan Rivers. We couldn't help but get a little bored with the styles of Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. Dressing up like a librarian is only fun when it's prefixed by the word "naughty," and, eh, a pantsuit gets a little old after the 400th one, right?
Oh Michelle, thank you so much for wearing colors, showing your curves — for simply dressing in a way that doesn't suggest you lose your taste with age. I mean even the cast of The Golden Girls had style, for god's sake.
As we inch closer and closer to the dawn of Lady O, we've rehashed some of the fashion maven's best and worst looks from the campaign season in eager anticipation. Two snaps if you feel it.
Watching The View can sometimes be as nausea-inducing as the thought of a Star Jones and Al Reynolds sex tape. But when Michelle appeared in this black and white number designed by Donna Ricco, for once I was able to look at the show and not want to hit myself in the face with the remote. The dress only cost $148 to boot. You couldn't even look at Sarah Palin directly in the eye for $148 during her campaign-sponsored shopping spree.
Let this picture serve as proof that no one has to hate themselves enough to wear mom jeans…not even moms.
Not many women can wear a dress that looks like it was inspired by their nana's wallpaper and make it work. Phenomenal women is she.
Jill Biden is dressed like the traditional political wife — which makes it much easier to focus on Michelle's purple flowery dressy thing. Yes, purple flowery dressy thing is the best way to describe this.
We'll never know if she's laughing at her husband's joke or Cindy McCain's dress, but Michelle looked fierce* at the second presidential debate.
That's right, Sarah Palin. You're not the only one with a fashion budget. Take that, moose killer!
So, it's not so much that it's ugly as it is the belief that dresses shouldn't look like Lava Lamps. OK, so maybe it is that it's ugly, but it's only worth hissing at for a few minutes. One can't always be a fashion do, can they?
Laura Bush found herself served when the incoming First Lady joined her husband on a trip to check out their new digs. Out with the old, in with the new. And the new is looking pretty freaking svelte.
America, everything's gonna be a-ok!
* Thank you, Tyra Banks, for drilling that word into everyone's head.
Tags: Fashion, Jill Biden, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, The View
A new president-elect has a lot on his plate. There's the transitionin' o'the power, the measurin' o'the drapes and, most importantly, the leakin' o'the Secret Service code names to the MSNBC.
The new First Family has been issued code names by the Secret Service. Barack Obama's is "Renegade."
Terrible call! You can't give the new most awesome guy in the whole world the most awesome code name in the whole world. His enemies are gonna know exactly who you're talking about! "Sir, we've received word that 'Renegade' is on his way." "That's Obama, duh. Hand me the pulse cannon. I swear, if I weren't a hypothetical person with such poorly hashed out hatred for the man, I would make love to him in a second."
Michelle Obama's is "Renaissance."
Terrible call! That is also an awesome name. Come on, Obama! Some of us wish we had bad ass code names, but have to make do with "Skippy" or "Tentpole Lube." When are you gonna get serious about spreading the wealth around?
Joe and Jill Biden also received code names, though it's tough to top "Renegade" and "Renaissance."
Tags: Barack Obama, Jill Biden, Joe Biden, Michelle Obama