president obama

Say you're the gov of Virginia, answering questions in your last radio show as governor, and suddenly, you get a call from a dude named Barry ...








(I found the content depressing, but the first few seconds are fun, before the "no, you're the greatest" "No, you" "No, your wife" "No, your wife" blah blah blah kicks in.)

Seriously: What. The. Fuck.

Media Matters put together this "100 Days of Fair and Balanced" video, made up of clips from FOX — one for every day of Obama's first 100 days.

Couple of serious jaw-droppers in there amid the, er, drumbeat of "fair and balanced":

OK, so we couldn't make it to DC for the White House Easter Egg Roll, but we searched the Interwebs, hunting judiciously, and we dragged this piece of awesomeness back:

Rrrrowr!

Here are just a few of the inauguration celebrations happening on Tuesday:

• Inauguration Celebration, benefit for FOOD for Lane County and Dr. John Crumbley Youth Support Fund, 8:30 to 10:30 am, Bijou Cinemas on 13th Avenue. $10, $20 family.

• Inaugural Bash, sponsored by MoveOn.org, with inauguration of Indigo District's first Happy Hour, 4 pm to 2 am, Indigo District, 1290 Oak St. 21+. Free.

• Obama Inauguration and Peace Ball, 6 to 9 pm, Cozmic Pizza, downtown. Music, dancing to the Sugar Beets, comedy, spoken word poetry, Department of Peace updates, “general rowdiness” are expected. Proceeds from sliding scale $10-$50 admission fees will be donated to Refugees International, an organization that aids war refugees in many countries and has successfully provided field reports to Congress to lobby for more aid. See www.refugeesinternational.org

• The Downtown Get Down Inauguration Party, benefit for White Bird Clinic, featuring karaoke, raffle, dance party, more, 6:30 pm, Diablo’s Downtown Lounge. 21+. $1.

• Inauguration Night, w/two showings of the inaugural address on a big screen, 6:30pm and 9:30pm, Red Agave, 454 Willamette. Free.

• Sierra Club’s Inauguration Day beer social to discuss priorities for the Obama administration, 7 pm, McMenamins East 19th and Agate. Free.

What else is going on? Any parades planned? Zombie walks? Impromptu re-enactments of this video? But, more importantly, what are YOU planning on doing to celebrate (or protest) the inauguration?


Credit to Chris Young of Obama for America

Ya know, I was in Iowa City on the night before the midterm elections of 2006. It was real cold, as it kind of tends to be in Iowa in November, but thousands of people came downtown to the Ped Mall to see this guy named Barack Obama stand on the platform with soon-to-be-Iowa-gov Chet Culver and Senator Tom Hayden.

I came back to Eugene saying, "This man is going to run. No doubt about it." Then I was lucky enough to be in Iowa City just before the Iowa caucuses this year. As I reported ad nauseam on the blog, I went to events featuring Hillary Clinton, John Edwards (twice), Bill Richardson, Chris Dodd and Obama in the two days before the caucuses.

And at the caucuses? Obama had so many supporters, I couldn't believe it. It was stunning.

Still, let me clear: I have not drunk the Kool-Aid. I've never been all about Obama the actual candidate; his policies aren't half progressive enough for me, and I really wish he could focus on the working class and poor the way Edwards did. But I gotta say that the symbol of having a president who's a person of color, who's African/American or, if you prefer, African-American, carries a massive amount of emotional power.

I think of Lorrie Moore's editorial in the New York Times (stupidly wrong about feminism and who's hurt more in a bad economy) — but great on the symbolic importance of Obama:

The children who are suffering in this country, who are having trouble in school, and for whom the murder and suicide rates and economic dropout rates are high, are boys — especially boys of color, for whom the whole educational system, starting in kindergarten, often feels a form of exile, a system designed by and for white girls. ... Mr. Obama came of age as a black man in America. He does not need (as he has done) to invoke his grandfather’s life in colonial Kenya to prove or authenticate his understanding of race. His sturdiness is equal to Mrs. Clinton’s, his plans as precise and humane. But unlike her, he is original and of the moment. He embodies, at the deepest levels, the bringing together of separate worlds. The sexes have always lived together, but the races have not. His candidacy is minted profoundly in that expropriated word “change.”

Earlier this week there was a wonderful piece on NPR. The last part of this segment, in which several African-American folks in St. Louis talk about how they'll feel on Nov. 5 if Obama wins, moved me very much.

And the segment ends with something I'd read over and over on Twitter just before I got in the car. I had thought, "Oh, that's nice, and it's sweet." But when I heard it on the radio, I cried. It's just so damn powerful!

Rosa sat so Martin could walk; Martin walked so Obama could run. Obama is running so our children can fly.

(OK, yes, historically problematic, but rhetorically genius ... atic.)

On my way home from Corvallis last night, I listened to a lot of this episode of "This American Life," in which white union guys and women try their damnedest to get their brothers and sisters to face racism and support Obama.

It was both discouraging and incredibly encouraging. It reminded me, just in case I needed to be reminded somehow, that racism remains a huge factor but that so many people of all races are banding together to fight for a better country. Or at least for Obama to get elected.

What I missed while I was driving to my third job last night? Obama's 30-minute ad. And now I'm watching it at work and just ... things keep making me tear up. I know it's manipulative! I know the music, the slow shots, the slow build ... but who cares? It's so great. Just so great to see him almost there. Please, please, please!

By the way, here's the short and great "Don't Let Up" ad from Obama:

I really want to help push Obama to be more progressive when he gets elected, but damn, do I want to see him elected.

Anyway. Here's last night's "infomercial."

If you can't cry at work, it's NSFW. Unless you hate Obama, in which case you're safe. (But then why would you watch?) Otherwise:

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