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January 20, 2009

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Jane

I am trying so hard to stay optimistic. You are not helping....

bgates

I wish only the best for Obama.

Of course, the best thing would be if he used his immense popularity to remake the government along Goldwater's lines, drum up support for Israel to crush Hamas, and recommit the US to the cause of universal liberty.

So I wish the best for the rest of us.

bad

I wish the best for our country as well.

And pray for common sense for our elected officials.

Hey!! Miracles happen...

bad

Most of our elected officials and their spouses are going to die from exposure. Literally...

JM Hanes

I plan to enjoy the moment, and just snark about the coverage. The views of the Mall are really extraordinary. May the day go well!

The Obamas are greeted at the White House by our President and our First Lady.

kim

My eMac has offered itself for the common sacrifice so I'm back on a dozen year old 8600/200. I feel like I have blinders on which may be the best way to get through the day. Digging out the old machine has prompted a burst of unwonted housekeeping. Gesundheit.
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JM Hanes

I don't know whether or not history will end up calling this the beginning of the Obama Era, but I do know that there is nothing that one could call the last 8 years but the Bush Era. I believe George Bush truly changed the course of history.

Porchlight

Good morning JOM! I know the pagination sux but I hope we can all stay on the same thread today if possible. It is too scary, the thought of being all alone on JOM for this miserable event.

Couple of notes:

1) School assembly, which is usually five minutes long, was twenty-five minutes long this morning, complete with major Obama love and poetry reading. I skipped it and took my daughter directly to the classroom.

2) I work in a major university library. We are providing three huge screens of Obama coverage today in one of our study lounges. I am so tempted to ask if this was done for the 2000 inauguration, but I know what the answer is.

3) I didn't know where else to put this, so I'll do it here. I was reminiscing last night about the Bush years and how good they've been to me personally. In the years since January 2001, I finished grad school and started my career. I married my husband, bought a house and had two great kids. I officially became a conservative (though I'd been drifiting rightward since college). I returned to church after a 20-year absence. And I found JOM!

Good times. Glad I could spend some of them with y'all. Goodbye, George Bush, and thank you.

JM Hanes

TM! Could you please change the maximum number of comments per page to 50 in your Feedback preferences?

clarice

Rush is supposed to be live reporting it, too, alng with a porta potty he isntalled in his studio set to flush every 15 minutes for Verisimilitude.

Porchlight

Oops, that should read the 2001 inauguration. Bush 43 First Inaugural. You guys know what I mean.

bad

The VIPs seem to be seated very early for the temperature. I had expected them to parade in at the last moment from a warm location.

Rick Ballard

I'm sure that we all hope that the incoming President receives every bit of what he has earned and deserves every day of his Presidency. My personal hope is that there is a change and that his desserts are completely consonant with the content of his character as evidenced through examination of his policy proposals and the team which he has assembled for their implementation.

bad

FoxNews has avoided shots of the port-a-potties. I have a wierd interest in seeing their congregation, being someone who is inspired to pee when chilled...

bad

Rick, you are amazing...as usual.

Porchlight

I hope everyone is as cold and miserable as possible, short of actual medical issues.

Jane

My hopes are as follows:

He keeps us safe.

He doesn't turn victory into defeat in Iraq

He ends the whole affirmative actions baloney

He encourages in tact families in the black community

And he fails in his attempt to grow government ginormous

clarice

It sill be interesting to see how long his OLC team (see Insty for the latest additions) which distinguished itself on the proposition that Congress can and should clip the president's war powers take to find a refinement to their earlier work which give the president more power than they thought Bush was entitled to.
Alternatively, how long will it take before these angel on pinhead counters are responsible for another horrid attack on US soil?

JM Hanes

I don't think Porta Potties actually flush, Clarice. I heard a report saying that there are over 7,000 of them, which is the largest collection of PP's for any event in history!

ABC's man in the street interviews are Boooooring.

Jeff Greenfield is on CBS, which might just make up for Katie Couric. Having surfed past CNN as quickly as possible (David Gergen is there!), Greenfield is a breath of competent air. Anybody would be a step above CNN. Except maybe MSNBC which I haven't bothered checking.

I don't imagine Brian Williams will actually do any serious swooning on NBC, but I could be wrong. Tom Brokaw is there, which is nice.

Chris Wallace may be my favorite, now that Brit Hume has retired. Wonder if he'll drop in to panelize?

Hillary Clinton won't be confirmed today. Somebody has lodged a something, which means there will be a roll call vote tomorrow, not acclamation today. Rather sweet, I think.

President and Mrs. Bush entertained at the White House. The President and PEBO are about to exit the White House. I plan to type President Bush as many times as I can before noon.

Yes, Brit Hume is on!

bad

President Bush!!

Dick Cheney!!

Karl Rove!!

Don

Add pardon Libby to your list Jane, since Bush ain't gonna do it.

bad

Hear, Hear, Jane

JM Hanes

President Bush gestured Obama down the White House steps, but I do think it was crass of PEBO to cross in front of the President to get to the other side of the car. Meow.

Sue

I hope previous/next is a thing of the past.

bad

Are all of those cars idling while their passengers are not in them?

PD

I have noticed TV commentators referring to the upcoming administration as Obama's *first* term. I guess it's a given in their mind that he will be re-elected.

Of course, it could be the first of many if the push to repeal the 22nd amendment goes through.

Sue

Guess not. ::sigh::

bad

I hope Obama's tux fits better than the last time we saw him inhabiting one.

And I hope Michelle's gown is a vast improvement over her elecion night selection.

MayBee

I keep having flashbacks to Ashleigh Banfield on NBC, giddily reporting on the oranges and tennis balls pelting Bush's limo during his 2001 inauguration.

I admit comparing that to this makes me bitter.

stompy jones

well, now your souls belong to Daddy-O.
Your money? to Chris Dodd and Charlie Rangel.

And your ass? That's Barney Franks'...

...not that there's anything wrong with that!

JM Hanes

PD: Funny how that happens, isn't it?

Sue: I suspect the Previous/Next torture won't seem quite as bad today, with all the forward movement of the Inauguration. It's tougher, I think, when you're deep into a discussion and want to scan the thread for a previous comment or quote.

JM Hanes

I would not want to be on a security detail today!

bad

Where are the port-a-potties? Fox has not shown them.

fdcol63

America will definitely change today. However, I have no hope that it will be for the better.

That hope would have been based on the assumption that Obama liked America before he was elected.

However, that assumption was contradicted by his history of Marxist, anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Semitic, Muslim-sympathizing, black separationist rhetoric and activities, as well as his deep connections with Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and others who've publicly sought to destroy America and weaken its influence abroad.

In the desire to overcome the racial divisions of our past, the American people have ignored Obama's history and placed all their hopes on a Weather Underground mole.

We're seeing the fulfillment of Antonio Gramsci's "Long March Through The Culture".

In 4-8 years, this will definitely not be the country we knew and loved.

It will be theirs.

JJ

For fun today I am going to go off and learn some new economics terms. Just because.

Either that or do several boring NYT Sunday crossword puzzles.

JM Hanes

Where is Ann, when Michelle Obama is wearing her yellow brocade (per Chris Wallace) coat. I do hope she's feeling better.

I wouldn't mind if the graphics didn't cover such a chunk of screen real estate.

Sue

ABC news radio guy just described the ladies' dresses. Mrs. Obama in a 'glittering gold dress' and Mrs. Bush in a 'beige suit'. It looks gray on Fox's live stream. You really have to hear this guy when he talks about the Obamas and when he mentions Bush. The derision of Bush comes through loud and clear.

jean

Global warming has dumped 1 inch of snow here.Laugh at us Jane,but every time there are flurries drivers in my town head toward the nearest tree.

bad

Very Laura Bush to dress in a way that doesn't draw attention away from the new First Lady. Laura is such a lovely person...

matt

first act of corruption of the new administration? delaying digital television implementation to benefit Verizon.

Change you can believe in.

bgates

Tom Brokaw is there, which is nice.
Because if our capital is destroyed by nuclear holocaust, we can say, "well, at least they got Brokaw."

JM Hanes

I'm sorry, but this is just pretty thrilling stuff!

bad

I'm very glad to see traditional red, white and blue instead of the variation on those colors O used throughout the campaign.

hit and run

If I were to guess, I'd say michelle's dress looks like an Isabel Toledo?

MayBee

So will Sec Gates, designated successor, roll the tanks on Washington today? This is the perfect set-up for a military coup. Can't someone get one last neo-con conspiracy going today?

bad

What the heck is Rahm wearing? It's sort of UPS...

Barney Frank

It is too scary, the thought of being all alone on JOM for this miserable event.

Porch,

Today isn't miserable, it's just for show.
After all (invoking Godwin's law) it wasn't Hitler's speeches at the Reichstag that caused all those unpleasantries; it was when he got behind his desk, rolled up his sleeves and put on the green eyeshade. It'll be miserable soon enough, just not today.

MayBee

In all seriousness, it does my heart good to see the Clintons and Bushs embrace so warmly.

I only wish the haters of the last 8 years realized their hate was being ginned up and used by politicians. The politicians don't really hate each other.

Sue

How awesome is it to see President and Mrs. Bush 41? And President and Mrs. Clinton hugging and kissing them? And how awesome is it that both Bush 41 and Clinton ignored Carter when he strolled up?

bad

If I were to guess, I'd say michelle's dress looks like an Isabel Toledo?

Perhaps Irene Cinncinati...

Ann

Morning JMH and Everyone! We can probably dispense with the "Good" today.

I bet those women are mad that PETA and the PC crowd won't let them wear fur coats anymore. It is a joy to watch them freeze.

I am not impressed with the brocade dress. Cashmere would of been smarted and less ostentatious.

Oh and Mrs. Carter looks pissed off as usual. Yes, I am feeling better. :)

bad

I didn't realize 41 was moving so slowly and having balance issues until today.

MayBee

Were Betty and Nancy not invited onto the podium?

bad

Hillary's sapphire blue is lovely.

C.R.

I'm off to a bad start. I wasn't sure if I would watch any of this, but the minute I turned the t.v. on it was Mr. & Mrs. Carter and then they shook hands with Mr. Gore. Now we are on to the Clintons. Sigh.

bad

Maybee, I'mm hoping they were invited but the weather was too much of an issue.

Sue

You know, I kind of like the Clintons now. They probably dislike Barry and Michelle as much as I do, so we have that in common.

Jane

Is there any chance this is going to happen early?

Sue

The Obama children are so pretty. And they looked like they were heading to the fairy princess ball and knew it.

Porchlight

Thanks all for watching this so I don't have to. I do like the idea of all the past Presidents and First Ladies getting along splendidly.

Ann, I'm glad you are feeling better!

Barney Frank, yes, perhaps today is fun and later it will be miserable. But I'm at work and I simply refuse to go watch at any of the parties that are taking place around the office. Even with my secret Republican friends (all two of them). So I'll enjoy JOM commentary from afar!

Porchlight

Sue,

I kind of like the Clintons now, too, for the same reason.

Last night I was cheering myself up by imagining the Obama girls checking out their new bedrooms in the WH, and exploring the house on their own. I know my girls would love that, and I hope the Obama girls do, too.

Sue

Mrs. Bush should have on a heavy coat. What on earth was she thinking?

MayBee

I agree about the Clintons.
I also love it that Bill lets his disdain for Jimmy Carter shine through.

Rick Ballard

JMH,

Thanks for the color commentary. I'm trying to decide whether sufficient discernible evidence of Harding's character was generally known at the time of his inauguration to determine that he was the least fit to hold the office to that date in our history. Clinton and Obama are comparatively easy to judge but Harding, being of the media, was not obviously corrupt to the knowledge of the general public. Harding was also a sitting Senator at the time of his election.

I wonder who will be the first Albert B. Fall of the Obama Administration? Early signs indicate that Geithner has the aptitude and Clinton certainly has both the capacity and predilection but Holder has a better chance of being caught (IMO) through sheer ineptitude. It's a shame Richardson couldn't stay in the running - he would have been a favorite.

Sue

Uh, oh...I think I just saw Clinton (Bill) checking out Barbara (the younger) Bush.

JM Hanes

I love seeing the Mall full of people as far as the eye can see.

I like how easily Brit Hume and Juan Williams talk about race.

It must be breathtaking to look up at the Capitol from out in the crowd and see those American flags up above the podium. Regardless of why, I'm glad flags are cool again.

bad

The Obama daughters are darling.

The Bush daughters are as well.

The Bidens are all attractive.

MayBee

Oh Michelle.
She is really teasing us now. Will women start wearing dresses like that?

Sue

Michelle Obama looks like a Christmas tree. Gold dress, green gloves and red purse.

Lori

Michelle's outfit is a little sparkly for daytime, don't you think? Even Juan Williams said she looked like she was dressed for a ball.

Sue

President Bush. I just wanted to say that one more time. ::sigh::

Porchlight

Me, too, Sue. President Bush!

Can anyone watching tell me - do the Bushes look happy? Is this a good day for them? I hope so.

Ann

Thanks Porchlight.

Those girls are adorable and I am happy for them.

I think I am going to mute the T.V. and pretend I am sitting next to you in the library.

bad

Are those Christian fish symbols at the neck of Michelle's dress?

Sue

President Bush has a smile on his face.

Sue

Cheney!

JM Hanes

President Bush is on his way. What a poignant moment for him this must be. He and the First Lady may really have set the whole tone for this day, with their graciousness to all. I don't know how I'm going to get through Hail to the Chief.

bad

On second thought, they look like xxxs and OOOs.

C.R.

I love Lynn Cheney. What a shame that Dick Cheney has to be in a wheelchair today.

Sue

I may cry.

Ann

President George W Bush!!!!

Thank You.

C.R.

Oh Lord, we're exchanging Cheney for Biden today.

bad

Speaking from experience, temporary wheelchair time for long distances is doable. Cheney won't let it get him down.

Sue

Oh God. Obama and Pelosi. I may barf.

Porchlight

Ann, you know the old saying, if you can't say something nice, come sit by me. ;) You are welcome anytime!

clarice

Michelle's outfit is well-tailored, a good style and color for her. But I agree brocade is not a good daytime choice.

Laura's outfit seems a nice melton wool..And don't worry, she'll go from heated car to heated podium with little exposure to the weather.

Sue

And here is Senator Hairplugs, soon to be Vice President Biden. ::groan:: I need my Cheney!

bad

Obama looks like he's going to cry...

MayBee

I'll admit while others aren't looking that I love DiFi. I'm counting on her to hold this Dem President down to Earth.

Lori

Obama is not looking so good. He has no idea what he is going to do.

Porchlight

Lori, my guess is that he is terrified, and wishing Bush was going to be around a little longer to hold his hand through this transition. Tough luck, O.

bad

Barack H. Obama

Caro

I'll admit I burst into tears when they announced President Bush's last Hail to the Chief.

Barack Aich Obama??

centralcal

Barack H. Obama the announcer proclaims.

What happened to Hussein?

Lori

Maybe he was recently informed about what is really going on around the world.

jean

Wouldn't it be cool if Obama threw up because he is so nervous.I know I fell like throwing up because he there

JM Hanes

I loved Brit Hume's comment about Bill Clinton trying to decide what expression he should assume (and adjusting as he goes). I think Obama has got the same problem. I also think Hillary looked a little pissed in the hallway till they stepped out the door. Roslyn Carter, looked almost exactly like she did in the White House, with only slightly thinner hair. Sorry I missed folks recoiling from Jimmy though.

Someone should have snipped that bow off of Michelle's dress, It completely spoils the potential elegance of the silhouette she'd otherwise present. Same way that red spider dress did in Chicago.

bgates

Regardless of why, I'm glad flags are cool again.
"Liberalism" is a word that used to mean liberty and freedom from government. The word became "cool" in the same proportion that it was poisoned to mean the exact opposite. Those who intend to now make the flag "cool" want to poison it the same way.

Sue

Goodbye W. I will go to sleep tonight worried about our safety. I slept like a baby last night knowing you and Cheney had our back. Especially Cheney! Come back Cheney!

bad

Is the bow a new addition since church this morning?

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