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January 20, 2009

Live blogging Obama’s inauguration

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I’m in central London right now at an event, with fellow Pickler Leon and will try and live-blog the inauguration. We start with a speech by Trevor Phillips, who is paying homage to Obama only weeks after he slammed Obama in Prospect magazine! Anyway, it’s a day of celebration so I won&#...

December 4, 2008

The man can do no wrong

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Heh: A new national poll suggests that Americans think President-elect Barack Obama’s getting it right when it comes to his Cabinet picks, especially Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates. A poll shows 71 percent of Americans approve of Barack Obama picking Hillary Clinton for secretary of state. S...

November 26, 2008

Will Obama save the Middle East?

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The New Yorker thinks all these big names might work: The team of Barack (Grandpa Was a Muslim) Obama, Hillary (I’m a Clinton) Clinton, and Rahm (Israel) Emanuel (that’s his real middle name! and he was a volunteer with the I.D.F. during the 1991 Gulf War!), with Joe Biden and Bill Cli...

November 20, 2008

Thanks Al-Qaeda!

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AP reports: Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader used a racial epithet to insult Barack Obama in a message posted Wednesday, using a demeaning racial term implying that the president-elect is a black American who does the bidding of whites. The message appeared chiefly aimed at persuading Muslims and Arabs...

November 19, 2008

Painting the White House black

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Heh. President-elect Barack Obama has made his first publicly-known cabinet appointment: Eric Holder will be attorney-general, with a priority to close down Guantanamo Bay. Mr Holder is also the first African-American to be appointed AG. No doubt, for some this will re-inforce their fears that Obama...

What’s the point of outrage now?

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California is being rocked with protests against Proposition 8 - a measure that Californians passed in a statewide vote during the national elections - banning gay marriage. Last weekend protests were even held across the country demanding a change in the law so gays could marry. Of course, I believ...

November 16, 2008

John Pilger’s race baiting

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I’ve come in for a bit of flack for raining on John Pilger’s parade so dismissively below. So let me try and justify some of this, though I’m planning a bigger piece on Managing Expectations of Obama later anyway. I’m not in favour of constantly picking fights with writers on...

John Pilger has gone off the rails

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Obama has barely been elected, and John Pilger can reliably be called upon to throw out the first far-left article accusing him of being an Uncle Tom. Obama is a stooge don’t you know! (via Olly’s Onions) And isn’t Obama aware that, “the American elite has grown adept at usin...

Obama’s impact on race politics

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This ‘letter to my son’, published in Newsweek magazine, is excellent: No election can wipe away racism, and bigotry will show itself to you in ways subtle and not. But it is easier today than it was yesterday to see that racism, once a barrier, is now more like a hurdle. What a fine new...

November 4, 2008

An Obama office in operation

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Normally during the course of a week we used to get around 70 - 90 volunteers a day coming in and making calls and helping out. Some for most of the day, some just for a few hours before the picked up kids from school or during lunch breaks from work. Over the weekend over 350 people came in each da...