alexiscartwheel: (barack obama)
Today President Obama pardoned a turkey, a presidential tradition that made for a great Thanksgiving plot on The West Wing, with the help of daughters Sasha and Malia. I think my favorite moment is when he says "There are days when I'm reminded why I ran for this office ... and then there are days like this, when you pardon a turkey and send it Disneyland." :)

alexiscartwheel: (barack obama)
On Thursday morning I got to see President Obama! He came to campus for a rally about health care reform. I almost didn't attend because of all the portents of doom from the administration about how bad traffic and parking were going to be and how I was going to have to go stand in line at the dack of crawn just to get into the Comcast Center.

The rally was scheduled to start at 11am, and shortly before that, my friend heard that they were still letting people in until 11:15, so we had a brisk walk/jog across campus and were seated well ahead of the President's arrival.

I'm really glad we decided to go because it was a really positive experience. Having been without health insurance before when I was working part time and couldn't afford to purchase it, I think providing universal access to health care is pretty darn important. The news lately has been pretty discouraging, what with all the crazy talk of death panels, which is easy to laugh at until you realize the depressing truth that people actually believe that crap, so the rally was the perfect antidote. There was tons of positive energy, and President Obama was engaging and seemed really dedicated to finding a solution. Some fun highlights for us included the guy sitting directly behind us who got very excited about the public option ("YEAH! PUBLIC OPTION!") and the guy with the Kanye style banner that read "Thanks Obama, and I'mma let you finish, but Canada had the best healthcare of all time."

Also, Rachel Maddow talked about us!

Kids these days! :P
alexiscartwheel: (barack obama)
Congratulations President Obama!

We've been watching Inauguration coverage pretty much all day long. Although I would have enjoyed the excitement of the crowd, I've really enjoyed not having hypothermia, so it's a trade off I can deal with. Plus, we couldn't have had our champagne toast on the Mall. :)

It's been a pretty exciting and emotional day. We're finally rid of Bush and have a new president who is intelligent, eloquent, and inspiring. There are a lot of problem to fix in America, but today it's hard not to feel hopeful about our future.

I'm still watching the parade, on TV and on C-Span's online feed (because C-Span are the only ones not talking over the bands). Yeah, band geek, I know. My college marching band (TBDBITL!) is in the parade, including some of my rookies, so I definitely want to see them. I was in the parade four years ago for Bush's second Inaugural, but this is way cooler.
alexiscartwheel: (barack obama)
I came home tonight and turned on the local news, which I normally don't do, but I guess I should take advantage of the TV while I still can, eh?* Apparently there is absolute nothing happening in D.C. right now besides Inaugural Preparations. I heard all about Inaugural bridge closings, Inaugural Metro schedules, Inaugural port-a-potties, Inaugural weather, Inaugural balls, Inaugural traffic advisories... The anchor also read out comments from poster to the station's online forum, one of whom insisted that they should get over Barack Obama, who is a lying liar what lies, so what if he's black, and report some news. To the other extreme, someone said he'd be as devoted to getting downtown on Tuesday as the Governator was to killing Sarah Connor.


Also, they had a doctor on giving out great advice, like wear warm clothes cause it's supposed to be frakkin' cold. People with chronic illnesses were advised to stay home. As I shall, local TV doctor guy. As I shall.**

This morning I was listening to one of the local hip-hop stations, which is not my usual musical genre of choice, but they actual play music in the morning instead of making me listen to obnoxious morning show hosts. They had a commercial advertising the "illest party of the year" hosted next Tuesday by Barack Obama at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Joe Biden will DJ. Contact Governor Blagojevich for tickets, because he will sell you anything you want.

It's pretty crazy (in a good way) how excited people are about the Inauguration. It's actually cool. That's just amazing. It's not just the politically inclined who're excited, it's everybody. It really is a big party. :D

*I applied for a digital converter box voucher, but there's a waiting list cause the government ran out of money for the program. So it looks no TV for awhile after February 17. I'm certainly too cheap to just go out and buy the thing just so I don't miss out on more local news.

**My TV will still work then. And local news let us know about their all day coverage.
alexiscartwheel: (barack obama)
:D :D :D :D

I actually picked the winner this time!!

So basically we just have to wait for the west coast polls to close so they can call California, Washington, and Oregon. This is so exciting everybody!

And now back to hanging with my buddy Katie Couric.



Nov. 4th, 2008 07:14 am
alexiscartwheel: (barack obama)
Hey Americans! If you haven't already voted, make sure you get to the polls today. This election's too important not to be a part of.


I voted!

Nov. 1st, 2008 01:11 pm
alexiscartwheel: (barack obama)
I just mailed in my absentee ballot! To OHIO, swing state extraordinaire!! Assuming the postal service does there thing, it will be there all ready to be counted on Tuesday. AND my Obama/Biden buttons came in the mail today and are now decorating my backpack.

Barack and Michelle are going to be in Columbus tomorrow and I'm missing it. Woe. But there's a rally in Fairfax with Hillary Clinton, so I'm thinking of going to that. Because clearly I have no other responsibilities in my life, right? :D (If I really had no other responsibilities, I'd be back in Ohio to work at the polls on Tuesday.)

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday! Voting's a right, but it's also a responsibility, and this election is far too important to be apathetic about, so get out there and cast your ballot. Every person can make a difference.
alexiscartwheel: (barack obama)
I was sick all weekend, and as a result I didn't read any election news (or economy news, yikes), which I think was a healthy and much needed break. But now there is good news:

According to the latest Washington Post - ABC News poll, Obama now leads McCain by 9 points among likely voters. Of course, national polls don't tell us anything about how the electoral math with work out, but I still see this as a good sign!

For the lulz:
No, of course not!

And just a reminder to the Americans who read this: don't forget to register to vote! The deadlines are coming up fast. If you're already registered, make sure your registration is up to date. I know in Ohio there have been huge problems with address changes and provisional ballots, so don't wait until election day to find out there's a problem.

The first presidential debate is this Friday, September 26 at the University of Mississippi. The debate begins at 8 pm Central Time, and it'll be televised on PBS. SNL parody to follow.

ETA: Go watch Bill Clinton on The Daily Show. Clinton has such an amazing ability for explaining political issues in a way that's easy to understand. I think Jon Stewart's right that lots of Americans would happily elect him a third time.
alexiscartwheel: (barack obama)
"He came, he saw, he sprinkled us with stardust" says the Observer. (The article, bizarrely, is from tomorrow. Oh, time zones.) According to Euan Ferguson, "Obama's visit... was little short of messianic."

If you've missed out this week, Barack Obama hung out with Angela Merkel, Nicholas Sarkozy, and Gordon Brown this week and was swamped by adoring fans along the way. Europe has "Obamamania" big time. How crazy would that be to have an American president that's actually respected abroad?

The article's definitely worth a read even if you aren't following the campaign closely just for the irreverent tone. I do like the New York Times, but they can make even Comic-Con seem boring and square, and only the Op-Eds are ever humourous. Hooray for the international perspective!
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