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First, a big shoutout to Chips for allowing the lunatics to take over the asylum. Hopefully we won’t all regret it.
So, for my first post here, an essay, because it’s me.
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The world heaved a huge sigh of relief on November 6, 2012, when the results came in and Barack Obama was confirmed in re-election.
Many people worked long hours, gave money they may not have really had, and ensured that President Obama secured a second term. The alternative was too ghastly to comprehend.
And many of those same people, after the election, assumed that, well, that was done, and we could just coast into four years of amity and progress. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As we have seen since the polls closed in November, this version of the Republican Party, dying as it is, is not going to go down without inflicting more damage. From immediately abusing the filibuster “reform” agreed to between Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, to vowing to hold the country hostage come the next debt ceiling vote, the GOP is making it patently clear that it didn’t learn a single thing from the election. Because the Republicans were returned to the House in the majority, they think that at least part of the country agrees with their policy. Of course, the thing is that the GOP lost the House popular vote, and held on by the skin of their teeth only due to aggressive gerrymandering resulting from its local victories in 2010.
We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, January 18, 2009
Some of you have already had the pleasure of seeing a selection of my epic photos from the concert, but for anyone unlucky enough to have missed them…..
Okay, this isn’t actually one of mine:
But this is:
Photographic proof I wasn’t right at the back, there were some – true, not many – behind me:
Denzil, looking me right in the eye, in a swoony kind of way:
Me and Bono:
Bruce serenading me:
A close-up of President Obama about to speak:
Another Pete Souza-esque photo of President Obama:
If you’re not careful, I’ll post more some time soon.
Happy Presidents’ Day everyone.
Happy New Year everyone – and a gazillion thanks for the company in 2012, love ya all (even Amk)
Thursday (all times ET)
11:55: President Obama departs the White House
2:35: Arrives in Miami
3:25: Delivers remarks at the University of Miami in Coral Gables
6:55: Delivers remarks at the JW Marriot Marquis, Miami
8:05: Departs Miami
9:0 The Vice Presidential Debate
10:30: PBO arrives at the White House