America has a new President today.Barack Obama was sworn-in as the 44th President of the United States of America at noon on the 20 the of January 2009. Millions of people witnessed one of the most anticipated inaugurations ever.
After what felt like a global presidential campaign and a world election, Obama will today spend his first day as the leader of the free world. After little sleep but lots of post-inauguration magic still in the air, his plans are a scheduled prayer, diplomacy, war discussions and welcoming hundreds of visitors to the White House.
It was not long ago that the John McCain campaign broadcast an advertisement comparing this black man to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Read More…
Today at a bipartisan dinner held in for John McCain, Obama delivered this speech:
I’m here tonight to say a few words about an American hero I have come to know very well and admire very much – Senator John McCain. And then, according to the rules agreed to by both parties, John will have approximately thirty seconds to make a rebuttal.
But in all seriousness, on this night, we are glad that the days of rebuttals and campaigning are for now behind us. There is no doubt that throughout the summer and the fall, John and I were fierce competitors who engaged in a vigorous and sometimes heated debate over the issues of the day. And in a great democracy, this debate is both healthy and necessary. Read More…
Just before the elections, french-speaking Canadian comedians made a prank call to Sarah Palin. She made real right fool of herself and told the pranksters that she could be president “maybe in eight years”.
So, yesterday when Ileana Ros-Lehtinen picked up her phone and a man sounding like Barack Obama greeted her, she assumed it was a hoax call and hung up. But it wasn’t a prank! The president-elect wanted to speak to the Republican representative of the congress and congratulate her on her re-election.
“I thought it was one of the radio stations in South Florida playing an incredible, elaborate, terrific prank on me,” Ros-Lehtinen told the Miami Herald. “They got Fidel Castro to go along. They’ve gotten Hugo Chavez and others to fall for their tricks. I said, ‘Oh, no, I won’t be punked.”‘ Read More…
KARL Rove, commonly known as Bush’s Brain, is not a nice man.
As President George Bush’s top aide, he ran Bush’s election campaigns using dirty tricks and disinformation. US liberals hate him.
This week, Rove said that Barack Obama’s national security team “represents, to a substantial degree, continuity”. He has also given Obama’s economic team the thumbs up. US liberals are incensed.
When one of the archetypal US neo-cons says that things will stay the same, it’s time to ask whether we can really believe in the president-elect’s campaign promise of change.
John Nichols asks, in the left wing publication, The Nation: “Is this ‘change we can believe in’?”
“Not by any reasonable measure of the word,” he says.
Liberals, or left-progressives, are uncomfortable and disappointed with the appointment of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state and Robert Gates as defence secretary. Obama is clearly not the radical John McCain warned he would be. Clinton, as a senator, voted to authorise the Iraq war. She has also said that the US should “obliterate” Iran if it uses nuclear weapons against Israel.
When Obama announced his appointment of Clinton he said: “We share a view that America has to be safe and secure, and in order to do that we have to combine military power with strength and diplomacy. Read More…
Huffingtonpost.com reports that the Senate Democrats “obliged President-elect Obama’s wishes and voted to allow Lieberman to keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee, stripping him instead of a subcommittee chairmanship.” This despite his support for John McCain in the presidential campaign.
Read New York Times.
John McCain is meeting ‘that one’ in Chicago today to discuss ways that he could help the new administration. Not suprisingly it’s the first time they meet since the election.
Here’s the Sapa report:
Obama, who resigned his Senate seat on Sunday, has been interviewing some of his one-time political opponents to help him run the country, but advisers to the former candidates have said they don’t expect Obama to consider McCain for an administration job.
The two will be joined by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a McCain confidant, and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, an Illinois Democrat Obama has chosen as his White House chief of staff.
Emanuel and Graham have worked together before on issues on Capitol Hill, and Graham jumped to Emanuel’s defense when Republicans criticized his appointment as Obama’s chief of staff.
In announcing the meeting on Friday, Obama’s transition office said the president-elect and McCain “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.”
Apparently the man who spread the word that McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent, is a comedian. “Martin Eisenstadt” is no adviser to John McCain but rather a talented comedian. The New York Times did a big expose, revealing that Eisenstadt is really Eitan Gorlin, who perpetuated the hoax with fellow filmmaker Dan Mirvish.
There are two things about this story that are interesting: people thought it plausible that Palin didn’t know that Africa is a continent. And, now, Palin has more reason to disbelieve and hate the press. (Although this week she is certainly not doing much hating. She’s having a real love-in with the press.)
My colleague, Simon Shear said: This is the Onion made real, somebody’s really making fake news!”
Here is an extract from the New York Times story:
Fox News Channel quoted an unnamed McCain campaign figure as saying that Sarah Palin did not know that Africa was a continent.
Who would say such a thing? On Monday the answer popped up on a blog and popped out of the mouth of David Shuster, an MSNBC anchor. “Turns out it was Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, who has come forward today to identify himself as the source of the leaks,” Mr. Shuster said.
Trouble is, Martin Eisenstadt doesn’t exist. His blog does, but it’s a put-on. The think tank where he is a senior fellow — the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy — is just a Web site. The TV clips of him on YouTube are fakes.
And the claim of credit for the Africa anecdote is just the latest ruse by Eisenstadt, who turns out to be a very elaborate hoax that has been going on for months. MSNBC, which quickly corrected the mistake, has plenty of company in being taken in by an Eisenstadt hoax, including The New Republic and The Los Angeles Times.
Yesterday on Larry King Live, Sarah Palin said about the Katie Couric interviews that “Some of those questions, you know, regarding what do I read up in Alaska, were, to me, a bit irrelevant”.
(BTW Couric this week offered Palin some advice saying Palin should keep her head down, work really hard and learn about governing before contemplating a presidential run. )
ON the show, Palin also spoke about the historic campaign, how she thinks she affected the Republican ticket, the concession speech she never got to make, her family’s coverage in the media and her plans now that the election is over.
Here’s an edited transcript of the show (thanks to CNN): Read More…
The election is over. Barack Obama won. John McCain lost.
You’d think that Sarah Palin would go home, tail between the legs, and do what she is paid to do: govern Alaska.
But I don’t think she’s had a nanosecond available for governing. Instead of retreating from the spotlight, she seems to be moving deeper into it, as CNN says.
She has invited reporters into her home in Alaska, and Maureen Dowd says she now ”thinks she is even bigger than her vast state, has certainly not missed an opportunity to throw open the door to the national press this week, letting them hang in her Wasilla kitchen as she makes moose chili and cake and baby formula and hefty servings of spin.” Read More…