Different worlds. Different planets perhaps?
Ahmadinejad said today he was proud his denial of the Holocaust had enraged the West. Iran’s official news agency quotes him saying: “The anger of the world’s professional killers is (a source of) pride for us”.
On Friday, in a speech he questioned whether the “mythical” Holocaust was a “a real event.
On Wednesday in New York at the General Assembly of the UN Israel’s PM Netanyahu will be sitting just two seats away from Ahmadinejad, that’s if both watch Obama’s speech.
Will Netanyahu take the opportunity of disabusing his Iranian counterpart of his mythical ideas?
Malia and Sasha Obama didn’t go to school today. It was too cold in DC apparently.
Obama was in a meeting with business leaders this morning when he spoke about the weather.
‘As my children pointed out, in Chicago where it gets colder than in DC school was never canceled,’ said the President. He added that he’d have ‘to instil some flinty Chicago toughness into Washingtonians…When it comes to weather folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things.’
AP Picture: Ice on a Holly bush in Washington DC today.
Last night these pair of shoes, allegedly worn by Sarah Palin during her campaign for vice presidency, were sold on eBay for $2025. Normally the shoes are sold for $100. I think the Palin family is raising money for something big – a presidential campaign perhaps?
The New York Post reported that she is launching her national political action committee.
Registered in Virginia, Sarahpac.com is to support ideas and candidates who share the Palin vision that energy independence is this country’s future.
Next month she addresses a Washington gathering of prominent conservatives. She’s going ahead with a book. Her Facebook page has 410,000 friends. She wants to influence policy knowing the nation must turn to Alaska as its energy resource. She’s planning to be president.
The press pool was excited about the President’s Blackberry which he is allowed to keep for communicating with a small group of people only: select friends and senior staff.
He doesn’t want to get stuck in a bubble and says it keeps him in touch.
You notice how he absolutely refused to take ‘no’ for an answer.
Downtown Washington DC was back at work today. At the white House, President Barack Obama was at his desk early. Whether he felt fresh and rested after getting home at 1am , is anybody’s guess.
Yesterday he had already ordered the U.S. government to suspend prosecutions of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay for 120 days.
Last night between dances, he said: “Starting tomorrow we’ll be making a series of announcements both on domestic and on foreign policy that I think will be critical for us to act swiftly on.”
Before any of these announcements were made, we know that he was at his desk at 8.30am where he spent ten minutes alone in his Oval office. He read the letter left to him by President Bush that was in an envelope marked “To: #44, From: #43”. The first lady joined him briefly. His plans for the day included meeting with his top economic advisers with military commanders to discuss Iraq. Getting to work immediately is his intention. Read More…
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…
I phoned a friend in Washington DC this evening. As parents we’re both feeling a particular excitement. She has a 7 year-old son. I have 3 small ones. We spoke about Tuesday and how she will get to the Mall with her son to watch some of the inaugural procession. Me? I am curious, panicked and really want to be there.
We spoke and chatted. And finally both of us realised that we’re feeling a sense of relief - as parents. Soon, so soon, Americans will have a new president. The world will have a new leader. He will be a role model. Barack Obama is literate, civil, kind and tolerant. He is somebody, who as parents, we can describe easily and without ambiguity, and whose actions will hopefully not be difficult to justify.
And then there was the letter…A few days ago Obama wrote to his daugthers. The letter was published in the American magazine, Parade. In it, he tells his daughters, Malia and Sasha, why he strove to be president. The reasons are honourable. He ran for President “because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation”.
The man who is going to take global warming seriously, continued:
I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential-schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college-even if their parents aren’t rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity.
I want us to push the boundaries of discovery so that you’ll live to see new technologies and inventions that improve our lives and make our planet cleaner and safer. And I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach beyond the divides of race and region, gender and religion that keep us from seeing the best in each other.
Ok, he is not going to be my president. Nevertheless, he will be the leader of the world. And his leadership will influence others.
I look forward to that. My children’s world already feels a safer, calmer and greener place.
Hear George Bush, the out-going US president, talk about the economy, the campaign, Barack Obama and the war in Iraq. On the war, Bush said the biggest regret of his presidency was the “intelligence failure”.
On the election he said: “I’m sure some people voted for Barack Obama because of me. I think most people voted for Barack Obama because they decided they wanted him to be in their living room for the next four years explaining policy. In other words, they made a conscious choice to put him in as president.”
There will be more exit interviews over the next few weeks.
Sarah Palin is not shying away from suggestions that she stand for President in 2012. She’s hoping that God will show her the way.
Yesterday and today Republican governors meet to discuss the way forward. Today Palin is participating in a panel discussion called “Looking Towards the Future: The GOP in Transition.” She’s already making it clear that she wants to be a big part of that transition.
She told reporters that “I don’t think it’s me personally, I think it’s what I represent. Everyday hardworking American families — a woman on the ticket perhaps represents that. It would be good for the ticket. It would be good for the party. I would be happy to get to do whatever is asked of me to help progress this nation.”
The meeting of governors started on Wedesnday but Palin didn’t attend events with the governors on Wednesday, instead choosing to do interviews with CNN.