Archive for the ‘2008 Elections’ Category

Irony

Posted: November 10, 2008 in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama
Tags: ,

obama-campaigning-nyt

This is the first time in 40 years that the most famous black man in America is not an actor, musician, or professional athlete.

obama-victory-speech

The Washington Post has this writeup of some of the immediate executive branch policy changes being looked at by the new administration.

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

A team of four dozen advisers, working for months in virtual solitude, set out to identify regulatory and policy changes Obama could implement soon after his inauguration. The team is now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, Capitol Hill staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensive, said a top transition official who was not permitted to speak on the record about the inner workings of the transition.

In some instances, Obama would be quickly delivering on promises he made during his two-year campaign, while in others he would be embracing Clinton-era policies upended by President Bush during his eight years in office.

“The kind of regulations they are looking at” are those imposed by Bush for “overtly political” reasons, in pursuit of what Democrats say was a partisan Republican agenda, said Dan Mendelson, a former associate administrator for health in the Clinton administration’s Office of Management and Budget. The list of executive orders targeted by Obama’s team could well get longer in the coming days, as Bush’s appointees rush to enact a number of last-minute policies in an effort to extend his legacy.

“As a young man, he had a serious accident.  I think many of you are aware of this, he was working in a deli, an accident with a meat-slicing machine, he lost part of his middle finger.  As a result of this, this rendered him practically mute. (LAUGHTER)  Has he ever flashed that little stubby thing at you?  It’s appalling.”

Senator Barack Obama roasting his future Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, September 20, 2005.

The story that won’t go away.

The McCain-Palin campaign is over, but Wardrobe-gate lives on. More embarrassing details have emerged about Sarah Palin’s infamous shopping sprees — including even more designer duds, plus sprayed-on tans and fancy underwear.

On top of the $150,000 first outlined in Federal Election Commission filings, Palin spent “tens of thousands of dollars” on additional clothing, makeup and jewelry for herself and her family, including $40,000 in luxury goods for her husband, Todd, our colleague Michael Shear reports. The campaign was charged for silk boxer shorts, spray tanners and 13 suitcases to carry all the designer clothes, according to two GOP insiders.

“The shopping continued after the convention in Minneapolis, it continued all around the country,” one source said. “She was still receiving shipments of custom-designed underpinnings up to her ‘Saturday Night Live’ performance” in October. Sources said expenses were put on the personal credit cards of low-level Palin staffers and discovered when they asked party officials for reimbursement.

It looks like Barack Obama won the electoral vote for Omaha, Nebraska – the first time a Democrat has ever won it since the state began allocating votes by congressional disctrict decades ago.

This raises his electoral vote count to 365.

I was walking around my neighborhood in Rome the other night and found this flier from a Roman nightclub on a car windshield.

homeboy-front

Translation:

Les Enfants Prodiges
in collaboration with
Salotto 42
present

Milkshake
Thursday, 6 November 2008

Barack Obama
Is My Homeboy

Yes We Can

homeboy-back

Translation:

Thursday, 6 November 2008, starts 2300 hours (11 pm)

Les Enfants prodiges in collaboration with Salotto 42 are pleased to invite you on 6 November, 2008 to the special party dedicated to Senator Barack Obama.

Milkshake is proud to host this party, having been for seven years the multiethnic party par excellence on the Roman nightlife scene.

We expect many to turn out for this event, regardless of the outcome of the elections.

Harry Reid is calling Joe Lieberman in to have a little chat. Expect at a minimum for him to lose his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee, and for him to be ineligible for any leadership positions in the Democratic caucus.

This leaves Lieberman with the worst of both worlds. If he stays with the Democrats, he will be in the majority but won’t have any input in shaping the agenda someone of his seniority normally would. If he defects to the Republicans, he will be in the minority, where he will probably have even less influence, and in all likelihood would not even get vicechairman status on a Senate subcomittee.