In a spoof on MTV's "The City," Newsweek is producing an online reality show called "The District." The premise is what if President Barack Obama had a reality show (on MTV). It's funny, not hilarious like we would be, but I was bummed when I finally realized it wasn't actually Obama speaking. Damn the gullibility!
New episode every Monday night.
Pundits of all stripes have been preparing us not to expect overnight miracles from the Obama administration. Barack himself quite sensibly cautioned that the mess his predecessor got us into isn't going be tidied up by the weekend. What immediate progress we've enjoyed in these first few days of the new order has been gratifying indeed: concrete plans to dismantle our illegal detention facility in Guantanamo; a White House salary freeze; a curtailment of lobbying clout; unshackling the Freedom of Information Act; serious talk of getting us out of the pointless war in Iraq.
After a calm Obama took the oath and the near-hysteric crowds had dispersed, inaugural balls were forming all over the nation's capital. Big names like Kanye, Beyonce, and Sting all sung their praise, literally, to Obama and his wife Michelle as they glided on the dance floors until 2 a.m. this morning. A collection of the balls are below for us all to feel one step closer to the historical evening.
Buy one here, if you must.
Pictured: "Determined Chia Obama." Also available: "Happy Chia Obama!"
I’m ransacking my apartment for vitals needed on this inaugural
whistle-stop shimmy down to Washington. This sort of rogue
day-and-a-half accommodation-less adventure mostly just calls for
vagabond basics such as gum and deodorant (as opposed to toothpaste and
soap), but there’s still important gear to remember.
The Take Back Barack effort (started by the Portland Phoenix's managing editor Jeff Inglis and staff writer Deirdre Fulton with this article) is on TV throughout January around the nation, thanks to Liberty News TV. (It's a non-profit progressive outfit based here in Portland, and they accept donations!)
The Surgeon General's job is largely symbolic, we're told, and so the qualifications for becoming SG are largely related to how recognizable you are, how good you are on television, how many surguries you've performed on camera . . . and apparently how difficult it is to pronounce your name, since this indicates an allegiance with the incoming admin's narrative of worldliness and diversity.
Many of the comments about Take Back Barack
so far have been from conservatives shouting with glee, calling Obama a
"snake-oil salesman" and a "con man," and apparently suggesting I'm a
sucker for believing his promises. But it appears the progressive
community might be paying some attention. Early tomorrow morning (East
Coast time) - so early it's late at night Pacific time - I'll be on the
Phil Hendrie Show talking about the Take Back Barack effort.
For just the second time since change came to America, the respective leaders of the Obama and McCain campaigns sat down at the same table -- last week, at the Harvard University Institute for Politics -- to set the record straight about what went wrong, what went right, and what happened behind the scenes during Campaign 2008.
"I believe that all women have the right to kiss my ring."
I gagged over a Page One story in The Globe this morning about Cardinal-Archbishop Sean O’Malley and
his stubborn pro-life views. Apparently, he’s excited about Obama but worried
that the president-elect will open drive-thru abortion clinics at all major
And Fark has the breaking update: "Obama is already sitting down with an unpopular, aggressive world leader without preconditions." (Of course, it links to this story.)
My friends joke that if I don’t learn to chill I’ll wind up old and cranky like Andy Rooney. In fear that I’m headed for a stroke before my 30th birthday, they’ve tried everything from recommending yoga to giving me a weeklong stress retreat for Christmas (thanks mom!). Nothing works, and one reason is that I want to be like Andy Rooney (minus the eyebrows).
You may have heard a little something about this, but we here in the US elected a new President on Tuesday. Barack Obama? Remember him? We're still pinching ourselves, so it's understandable, but yeah: this really happened. It's pretty great.
Our man Faraone was in Chicago for Barack Obama celebration, and here's his video report (Music: Young Jeezy featuring Nas, "My President is Black" and The National, "Mr. November").
Start building the basketball court. And make sure it has glass backboards and breakaway rims. While you’re at it, paint the White House black…at least half of it. If you’re reading this George Clinton – you predicted it a long time ago homeboy. Chocolate City baby.
Last night in Chicago was surreal.