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Got the news via Cinie’s blog and after jumping up and down remembered MoDo’s acusatory article

So I found it bizarre that when Caroline offered to use her magic capital — and friendship with Barack Obama — to help take care of New York in this time of economic distress, she was blasted by a howl of “How dare she?”

People are suddenly awfully choosy about who gets to go to the former home of Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond and Robert Torricelli.

Yeah, those choosy people who don’t get to chose! And Caroline was going to

After a lifetime of shying away from the public spotlight, Caroline Kennedy asked herself what she could do for her country.

She really, really wanted it! Except now, shockingly, unexpectantly Uncle Ted got sick, so the country will have to wait

Kennedy cited personal reasons, sources told the Post. According to the New York Times, it was Kennedy’s concerns about the deteriorating health of her uncle Sen. Ted Kennedy

She didn’t know of course at the time she offered her services… or did she?

Well, I guess it’s the best face she can put on rejection.

What else was MoDo saying?

I know Caroline Kennedy. She’s smart, cultivated, serious and unpretentious. The Senate, shamefully sparse on profiles in courage during Dick Cheney’s reign of terror, would be lucky to get her.

Poor Senate! If only Uncle Ted would not have gotten sick, they would have had this brave, brave, brave….

ending with

It isn’t what your name is. It’s what you do with it. Or, in the case of W., don’t.

Whatever, MoDo. More pigs in the blanket anyone?

Oh, and for the cherry on top, from NY Post:

Several sources said Obama was pulling for Kennedy as the pick, and Kennedy herself said the president had been “encouraging” about her making a play for it.

Obama also took the oath again

White House counsel Greg Craig said Obama took the oath from Roberts again out of an “abundance of caution.”

privately in the Map Room on Wednesday night.

At least it didn’t cost 160 million again.

I have a feeling “mulligan” will be a frequent word in the next years


Another reason for dropping out

Paterson said that on Wednesday he would begin reviewing the candidates’ responses to the 28-page questionnaires he had asked applicants to complete. The forms asked about personal finances and other background issues, many of which Kennedy has long shielded from the public.

But the state’s open-government expert and good-government groups told the AP that once the forms were written and submitted to the governor at least some of the responses would be subject to public review under the state Freedom of Information Law.

They had the kids watch the inauguration on TV at school…On the bright side though, they had them write their personal speeches as homework.

here’s what she wrote:

Let us remember what yesterday was. Or did everybody forget? Yesterday was MLK birthday! What do you imagine when you think of his dream coming true? I see everyone – I repeat – everyone being treated with the same respect and rights.

I will make sure that everyone will be treated equally.

But how can that happen if we still have war? I do not think therewas ever a reason to start a war. And it has to stop. Imediately. Violence is never ever the answer to anything.

Another thing I will pay imediate attention to is the environment. I will have less factories, try to enforce recycling and littering, dumping laws and put some animals on that endangered species list that they so desperately need to be there.

I will also require that every child’s favorite color be green (just kidding).

Notice I will not end my speech with God Bless America or something like that since I do not think religion has to come into this.



I did my best to live my life separate from the $ 160 million event yesterday.

So, here are my reluctant tidbits for history:

The crowd turnout was estimated to only about one million (instead of 4 as initially boasted), but who’s counting? Not the park service in DC

Crowd counting has long been a controversial issue. The park service says Congress ordered it to stop doing crowd counts in 1997 after the agency was accused of underestimating numbers for the 1995 Million Man March.

Of all the undercounted protests I attended, the one with the number in the title got the congress acting!

As for historical perspective, looks like all the overexposure only got Obama about 200,000 more than the most media hated president

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration drew about 500,000 people, and President Bill Clinton‘s 1993 inauguration drew about 800,000 people, according to National Park Service estimates.

yeah, better that they don’t count.

It’s probably why many of the balls were canceled due to low sales

As for the oath itself, apparently a teleprompter would have helped

Gotdamn, I don’t even remember Bush stumbling over such few words,

Rupert Murdoch in NY Post saw fit to remind New Yorkers of the Hussein thinghie (while skipping the misspeak):

Maureen Dowd crowned herself Sally Queen, downright to the quality of food

Dowd was the perfect hostess. The fanciest treats she had were pigs in a blanket — but she knew that the real treats were face time with herself and the power guests she assembled

And while those people were having a great time, the volunteers from the campaign were issued purple tickets that got them packed in a tunnel…

If only they were bailout fat cats financing some of this shinding!

Among the  bad happenings was Ted Kennedy’s Paterson nudging seizure. It was a good thing Obama kept his cool

The new President had been chatting at another table when the Kennedy incident occurred. “Looks like somebody’s down,” Obama reportedly said.

Yup. Shades of “That’s one bad pilot”

And how did the crowd receive the bestest speech evah?

As soon as the applause had died down, an African American standing man near me on the Mall said to his friend: “I thought the speech was shit.” Another woman said, correctly, that “we had heard it all before at other events”.

Oh, well, I am sure John Favreau will somehow find the inspiration for more of the same. After all, the Wall Street Journal headline is


which, if you don’t remember

“In that sense, Obama will also revive a theme that belonged to outgoing President Bush, who in his 2000 campaign talked about ushering in a “responsibility era.”

So, Murdoch is telling the bailout crowd what I have been saying all along: “don’t worry, Jr.Jr is here”. Meanwhile, Huffpo, is debating …Michelle’s dress

Douglas Adams quote today is appropriate:

“Anyone who’s capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job”


Once again, Krugman is chiming in, comparing Jr & Jr.jr’s speeches on responsiblity with Clinton’s:

We must do what America does best: offer more opportunity to all and demand responsibility from all.

It is time to break the bad habit of expecting something for nothing, from our government or from each other. Let us all take more responsibility

And NYT has more speech critique

and Jon Stewart notices the similarities with Bush

Not Your Sweetie