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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
  • Don't Ask About Gay Bishop, Don't Tell Anyone He Gave a Prayer at Yesterday's Obama Concert

    If it seemed to you that there was something missing from yesterday's We Are One Concert at the Lincoln Memorial — I mean, besides entertainment value — then you're right. At least if you were watching it it on television.

    A lot of people made a lot of big deal about the Obama team's decision to include a prayer by homosexual bishop Gene Robinson in one of its inaugural events, supposedly as somewhat of an olive branch to members of the LGBT community — angry that homophobic Saddleback pastor Rick Warren will be delivering the invocation at the actual inauguration — if not to adherents of the United States Constitution's frowning on matters of church and state.

    So, where was Robinson yesterday. I saw a whole lot of dreck. But I didn't see an religious mythology dreck. What happened?

    Openly gay bishop Gene Robinson delivered the opening prayer before the start of the concert, but the prayer was not included as part of HBO's broadcast.

    Contacted Sunday night by concerning the exclusion of Robinson's prayer, HBO said via email, "The producer of the concert has said that the Presidential Inaugural Committee made the decision to keep the invocation as part of the pre-show."

    …[I]t does seem that the network's position is that they had nothing to do with the decision.

    Jeeze, if Barack Obama was gonna cut anybody out of his Imperial Victory Celebration, I think they would have been better served turning the cameras off during Bono's ten-minute salute to himself than the one gay guy who was allowed on the stage.

    But — maybe, just maybe — the Obama team decided at the last minute that a prayer to the Sky God really had no place in a government event. And, if so, good for them.

    Presumably, we won't be seeing any of Rick Warren's fire-and-brimstone rhetoric in tomorrow's event either, right?


    (via Dan Savage)

    Tags: Barack Obama, Christianity, Constitution, Gene Robinson, Inauguration, LGBT, Rick Warren
  • From the Pork Barrel: Pimp My Faith-Based Community Initiative

    * If you're gonna be the prostitution guru of Columbus, it helps to also be the director of Ohio's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Because you're essentially using the same rolodex.

    * Excited for Barack Obama's inauguration? Then you're totally gay, you gay!

    * Caroline Kennedy's popularity has dropped hard in the past month. Maybe she really is meant for politics.

    * Thank Jesus we have men like Rep. Paul Broun and these two weird religious guys around to do important government stuff like blessing doorways. Otherwise, all the doorways would suffer an eternity in Hell.

    * Eric Holder holdering in there pretty well.

    * I'm surprised that more people aren't pissed at this comparison of Rick Warren's congregation to the Hitler Youth Movement. Maybe it's because it's Rick Warren making the comparison.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Caroline Kennedy, Christianity, Eric Holder, Fox, Georgia, House of Representatives, New York, Ohio, Paul Broun, Pork Barrel, Rick Warren, Senate
  • Homosexual Bishop Chosen to Help Barack Obama Blur Line Between Church and State

    In gay news today, it's just recently been gay announced that that a gay bishop will be giving a gay prayer at one of the gay-friendlier president-elect's totally-straight-and-not-at-all-gay inaugural events this upcoming weekend…

    New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson–the worldwide congregation's first openly gay bishop– will be delivering the prayer at one of President-elect Barack Obama's first inauguration events at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on January 18…

    The rest of the line up hasn't been announced yet, however both PEBO ["President-elect Barack Obama," we think] and Biden will be there, and Obama is expected to speak.

    How about that? The new president is not only gonna let himself been seen at the same event as a gay, but he's also gonna maybe speak at the same event as a gay. That on top of hiring a gay to work on his staff.

    If he keeps up this kind of behavior, he might just get himself a reputation. A reputation as an agent of tolerance and open-mindedness.

    He's gonna have to work really hard to rid himself of those kinds of stigmas or he'll never get himself re-elected in 2012.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Christianity, Gene Robinson, Inauguration, LGBT, Rick Warren