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January 19, 2009

reconnecting with the historic vibe

Aggregated from: SixFifty

I’ve just had couple of days in Cincinnati not doing politics and hearing only of the splash landing rather than the economic crash landing. But on Saturday things changed. I went to the Freedom Center - the Underground Railroad museum - to learn about this amazing part of the Americian stor...

Obama inauguration concert on the mall

Aggregated from: JOTMAN

Washington DC today reminded me of the streets of Bangkok during the first days of the coup in 2006. The streets were closed to traffic. Humvees had been parked at every intersection manned by GIs.The first two photos capture the US military presence in the capital.1. Soldiers gather in near the ...

African celebrations

Aggregated from: SixFifty

I’m off to an African Inaugural ball tonight. Hosted by the African Foundation and a range of Maryland African / Afro-Caribbean academics and journalists. There’s an amazing line up of live African music to look forward to. I am interested in just seeing the people there and hearing w...

Funny how things work out

Aggregated from: England for Obama

If I hadn’t spotted that I’d left my iPod on my tube train seat, I wouldn’t have jumped back on the train just before the doors shut, and had to stay on until the next stop; and then got back on the line going back to my original stop. If I hadn’t been delayed by those 10 min...

Inagural Prayer Speaker Allegedly Linked to Hamas. But There’s a Twist

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

Oh boy.  Just what Obama needs two days from the inaguration.  A Muslim who is speaking at the prayer service on Wednesday is the leader of a group that some federal prosecutors say has ties to Hamas: Neither Mattson nor her organization have been charged. But prosecutors wrote in July that th...

Prelude to History

Aggregated from: silversavant

Prelude to HistoryTwo conversations today helped me frame my thoughts about the historic inauguration Tuesday of Barack Obama as the 44th President of America. Prior to these conversations, I was probing and searching for a common denominator that would intimately connect me with the pomp, pageantry...

Photos thus far

Aggregated from: England for Obama

Click on the photo below for shots I’ve taken since arriving Washington. The weather/light wasn’t great today - very grey and overcast - which never makes for very good pictures (at least on a little 800 ISO Ixus), but still. There are ones from the inaugural concert - I watched it from ...


Aggregated from: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying

   2 days left…   …and the excitement and anticipation in this town is palpable. I have my warm clothes, the wool socks, the hat and gloves all ready for Tuesday. I’ve got my walking route planned for the 3 mile hike over the Potomac and onto the Mall. Let̵...

Keeping Perspective

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

For the next few days, the airwaves will be saturated by coverage of the inaguration activities.  In fact, the party has already started, at least on select channels, such as CNN and MSNBC, who’ve been covering things fairly non-stop since yesterday’s Whistle Stop Tour.  Even Fox N...

January 14, 2009

American Middle East Policy In A Nutshell

Aggregated from: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying

Isreali Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is bragging about how he ordered United States President George W. Bush to abstain from the UN Security Council resolution calling for a cease fire in Gaza. He is also bragging about how he shamed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: US Secretary of State Condolee...