Inaugural Weekend: The TWN Game Card

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Inaugural Seal The Washington Note.jpgI’ve been asked by quite a few readers what I’m going to do and attend this weekend. So, I’ll lay that all out here.
But first let me say that there are a lot of great gatherings in DC — some really cool ones — that I was invited to that I just can’t attend. Netroots Nation, for instance, is putting together a great event. The Washington Film Institute is having its own big inaugural thing. And then there are a couple of LGBT Inaugural parties — one at the Mayflower Hotel and then one at the Historical Society of Washington. And in the former home of Averill and Pamela Harriman in Dupont Circle, the Woman’s National Democratic Club is having a chi chi reception that I can’t quite get into the schedule this year.
And then MoveOn and a lot of other organizations are having a big giant party somewhere — but I responded too late for it and was told that I was out of luck. The person was very friendly though and told me that though I couldn’t go to the real MoveOn party, I had lots of other options for home-hosted Inaugural Party events sponsored by MoveOn members all over the country. I’m not going to hit one of these, but some of you might want to. Here’s the MoveOn party tracker. (but be sure to check Pam Spaulding’s sassy response to one of those local MoveOn invites. . .very snarky but shows how solid Pam’s principles are when it comes to the Rick Warren deal)
But what I am doing — though it’s still in a bit of flux is the following. . .and of course, I’m always waiting for that next best thing. . .
16_package.jpgYesterday, I picked up my press credentials at the DC Convention Center and want to tip my hat to the smoothest, friendliest press credentialing operation I could have imagined for something this big. Everyone was great — and I figure that these folks were volunteers. They gave me a couple of industrial type “hand warmers” — probably something NASA developed or which bubbled out of the dual use programs at one of the nuclear weapons laboratories. But at 12 degrees farenheit, I’ll take anything.
Seriously, a very big thanks to the volunteers and organizers of the press office. I wasn’t made to feel awkward at all that I was more journoblogger than journalist.
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Then I started the weekend off with a joint MLK Day/Inaugural “drink all their surplus wine party” at the home of former National Telecommunications Infrastructure Administration Director Larry Irving and his diplomatic communications consultant spouse Leslie Wiley. Met a lot of cool folks there including the former Chief of Staff of the US Information Agencey Iris Burnett — whose husband Dave snaps Obama photos sort of like this.
Great party. Leslie and Larry had one of those fancy, engraved invites from Obama and Biden to attend and participate in the Inaugural — but as Larry Irving told me, the invite got them “zilch.” It’s an invite to stay home and watch on TV (which perhaps we all should do).
But here is how the rest of TWN‘s Inaugural period looks like at the moment. . .
1. On Saturday, we will be attending a party honoring the Illinois Delegation hosted at the home of British Ambassador to the United States Nigel Sheinwald. I’ve heard from quite a few folks that this one of the tougher events to get in to. . .so many thanks to my friendly readership at the UK Embassy. Check out the Embassy blog.
2. Media Matters for America chief David Brock is hosting an Inaugural bash at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Saturday evening — and I’ll be there (not in the cold garden).
stuart townsend steve clemons lori wallach twn.jpg3. Fair trade crusader and Public Citizen Global Trade Watch Lori Wallach is having a Latin-themed house party up in Adams Morgan tonight, and that too will get some of our attention tonight. Wallach was a close advisor to actor and filmmaker Stuart Townsend in the making of his interesting feature film, Battle in Seattle. One of the coolest evenings I had this past year was one spent with Wallach and Stuart Townsend when I helped host a premier screening of his film. And then we all went to hang out with Jackson Browne who sang his Cuba song that night.
That should get us to Sunday morning.
dowd.jpg4. I’m going to do some Canadian and British TV punditry in the morning — and then go running in the frigid weather in Rock Creek Park with some others who want to have a Martin Luther King/Inaugural celebratory run. I’m being dragged into it — and will be suffering.
5. Then there is a brunch in honor of UT Austin/LBJ School economist James K. Galbraith, author of The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too at the home of Janine Wedel who has been writing about the informal, in the shadows power networks of the neoconservatives. Wadel’s book will be out this next year. Galbraith, son of the late Harvard economist and close JFK adviser John Kenneth Galbraith, is also the academic colleague of James Steinberg who will be the next Deputy Secretary of State.
6. And then Sunday evening, I am going as the date of a friend to the Georgetown home of Maureen Dowd who is having a very high sizzle celebratory affair to commemorate the Inauguration. Very excited about that one.
7. And then Sunday, I’ll be out to hear Bruce Springsteen and others on the Mall. . .at least for a few minutes depending on the temperatures. Don’t look for me. I’ll be completely buried in scarves and jackets…and am thinking of wearing heated goggles…

8. On Monday, Martin Luther King day, I’ll be doing something in the morning as a gesture to public service. I haven’t figured out what I am going to do — but I was impressed with a gesture by the Obama Presidential Inaugural Committee and Colin Powell to encourage people to go to this website to look at various volunteering opportunities they might get involved with. I recently attended a news conference with Colin Powell who helped launch USA Service — sort of a hybrid of Craigslist and Meetup.com.
9. I’ll be doing an Inaugural/MLK celebratory LGBT brunch on Monday at the home of some cool friends.
inaugural salon.jpg10. Then, a very cool new thing started by Council on Competitiveness guru Chad Evans and Paul Soulellis titled “The Inaugural Salon“. Chad Evans is one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met — and he can write perfect script backwards — like Da Vinci. This “Inaugural Salon” is billed as a “gathering on the eve of change” and will be taking place at Sweden House in Washington. I think some tickets for participation may still be available.
marsalis.jpg11. And then the Rockefeller Foundation is hosting several of us from The Washington Note at a Wynton Marsalis concert at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is also playing a role in the event titled “A Celebration of America” — and this ticket looks like one of the most sought after during the weekend. Good music and in a warm venue! Then there are cocktails and treats after, but I’ll have to be running off to. . .
arianna huffington diana negroponte.jpg12. The Arab American 2009 Inaugural Celebration at the Fairmont Hotel sponsored by the Arab American Institute and Foundation run by Jim Zogby will be one of the cooler and funkier pre-Inaugural deals in town. I will be there for a while — and think that it would be wise of the incomning Obama administration upper echelon to make sure that they reach out to this community that got far too much abuse and mistreatment during the campaign. I hope Mazen Asbahi will be there.
13. And then there will be the high sizzle pre-Inaugural Ball Countdown Party at the Newseum sponsored by Huffington Post, the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Musk Foundation. Sorry, I can’t get anyone tickets (have had a flood of requests) — but I will be there for lots and lots of this party. I think it looks to be one of the very best. . .
15. Early in the morning on Tuesday, I’m off with my press passes to see what I can see at both the Lincoln Memorial opening ceremonies and then will be at the Swearing In. I haven’t figured out yet whether I will really be able to cover both — as the National Mall is long and will be filled with millions of people and lots of security zones. I may have to choose — and will just see how it goes. Once I’m nearly frozen or done with the ceremony that most of you will see better on C-Span, CNN or MSNBC, I’m off to. . .
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16. The Canadian Embassy on Pennsylvania as a guest of Ambassador Michael Wilson who has the most coveted little party gathering on the parade route. The Embassy, which will be backed with DC notables who want to stay warm and yet close to power, will have great treats, hot chocolate and a 2nd floor viewing deck from which the parade can be closely and easily observed.
google youtube inauguration.jpg17. Then I was supposed to stop by Verizon’s offices for a drop-by open house also on the parade route, but they invited me, said I could get credentials and then I goofed and forgot to get them. So no Verizon drop by’s this year. Regrets to Link Hoewing.
18. I will be stopping by both Google’s offices and the Ploughshares Fund, run by Joe Cirincione, Naila Bolus and Terri Lodge — all doing great things in nuclear non-proliferation and crisis reduction areas. They have offered strategically vital open houses to provide warmth for those who have to walk the several miles back from the parade route to their DC homes. Thank you!
19. And then I’ll be taking a nap, perhaps blogging, or thawing in front of a fire.
20. And then Tuesday night, I’ll be at the non-traditional Inaugural Ball hosted by Google/YouTube and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights at the Andrew Mellow Auditorium on Constitution Avenue. That will be fun. . .
21. And if it gets a bit old or I get tired, I may hit two other late night gatherings — one on the right and one on the left. . .
david frum steve clemons benson twn small.jpga. On the right side, Danielle Crittenden and her spouse David Frum will be hosting in their pretty magnificent home. . .”The Counter-Inaugural Ball”. Frum has just launched his new effort to re-engineer, redirect, and revitalize Republicanism with his group blog, New Majority. I plan to stop in there and check in with their two labradors, Copper and Chester, and their young daughter Beatrice who I am sure is already well on her way to becoming a smart, dad-frustrating progressive activist.
lamagna.jpgb. On the left side of town politics, I hope to be stopping by the heated roof deck of progressive philanthropist and former Tweezerman tycoon Dal LaMagna who along with DC socialite Juleanna Glover is having an Inaugural “midnight breakfast” gala. Thank god Dal leaves across the street from my house — where I will then collapse and think about policy proposals jumping over fences. . .
And then that’s about it — but I may try to squeeze a few more things in here and there, and hey if Joe and Jill Biden call and ask my partner and me to ride around in the limo with them, I may have to let the David Frum and Dal LaMagna gatherings go.
For those of you in DC (or even outside) who want a good roster of what is up and what is formally sponsored by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, this is a great site. And here is the Inaugural Blog.
I’ll be doing a lot of updates during the weekend over Twitter and Facebook — and my updates will run regularly on Huffington Post’s twitter feed as well.
There are many serious problems going on around the world — and I will be digging into policy areas during the next several days as well.
I have an overdue commentary on America’s foreign policy czars who will be deployed to the Middle East and South Asia that will be up soon, so don’t think that what is really going on in my mind as I flit from one party to another is distant at all from the tragedy in Gaza and the continuing crises in America’s foreign policy portfolio.
I hope folks will share what they are doing this Inaugural weekend in the Comments Sections.
Stay warm and safe if you are trying to do the Obama/Biden Inaugural in person and real time.
– Steve Clemons

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32 comments on “Inaugural Weekend: The TWN Game Card

  1. TonyForesta says:

    Word WigWag.
    It is understandable that after eight years of bushgov treachery, treason, betrayal, wanton profiteering, ruthless suppression of thehavenots, overt largess by the government for thehaves, systemic decepton, and pathological lying – that many of us are cynical and skeptical.
    Yet Obama ran on a campaign of CHANGE! I still have the blue sign with the big word CHANGE, in striking white print dominating the message. Tragically, and particularly with regard to the most critical issues confronting America, (economics, finance and foriegn policiy) – Obama is openly pursuing a course of NOTCHANGE!
    The government will continue printing money and pouring it into the offshore accounts of the predator class and heaping the monsterous debts on the shoulders of our children. And our children today and forever will continue paying a terrible price on blood and treasure for neverendingwars to control of oil and energy for benefit of the predator class exclusively.
    I doubt much will change economically to improve life for poor and middle class Americans, or with regard to America’s sundry warmaking enterprizes with Obama’s choices for and team of advisors, all of whom are statusquo insiders predisposed to continue with the same failed criminal thieving deceptive policies and processes, and to rabidly resist any inkling of change.
    I am not giving up on Obama yet, and believe he and his team should have an opportunity to at least take power have some time to introduce new policies and hopefully – real change, – but I do have an ickey feeling that things are not going to change at all, and cannot help but feel betrayed yet again.
    Party on Mr. Clemons.

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  2. WigWag says:

    Once every ten years or so, the odious Maureen Dowd comes up with a good line. Her good line for the decade was contained in today’s column.
    “If W. and Cheney preferred Fox News on the TVs in the White House because they liked hearing their cheerleaders, Obama may leave the channel on Fox because he prefers seducing and sparring with antagonists to spooning with allies.”
    Seducing Republicans is a waste of time and energy. Doing the right thing whether Republicans like it or not, is what Obama should be doing.
    So far, he’s not.

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  3. WigWag says:

    “My position was always that we only get two choices in US presidential elections, and we should vote for the superior of the two options. I don’t regret my vote at all. Obama will be substantially better than McCain would have been, especially on a wide range of domestic and economic issues I care about. In fact, I have been pleasantly surprised and encouraged by the domestic appointments. On the whole, I think we are going to get a substantially bolder and more progressive domestic agenda than the campaign had led me to hope.”
    You’re right, we get only two choices and we have to vote for the superior of the two options. Like you, I don’t regret voting for Obama in the General Election. His domestic policy is far better than McCain’s would have been and his foreign policy will probably be better as well (e.g. no ABM missiles in Eastern Europe to unnecessarily piss-off the Russians).
    But my recollection is that you supported Obama in the Primary Campaign as well, despite the fact that you knew, or should have known, that Obama had no record that you could scrutinize to determine how he would govern.
    The mass hysteria surrounding the Obama campaign resembled nothing so much as the Beetles first trip to the United States. You have to admit that his campaign was inundated by star struck sycophants who, like Fox Mulder on the “X” Files just “wanted to believe.”
    Actually, none of this reflects all that badly on Obama himself. After all, he was just a candidate taking advantage of everything he could to win. That’s fair enough.
    But it reflects poorly on his supporters. Especially the ones who were with him from the beginning and especially on the ones smart enough to know better.
    As for the Obama domestic policy, I’m not sure what you’re so enthusiastic about. The parts that are standard Democratic fare are all good (e.g. his labor policies and environmental policies) but the stimulus package looks disappointing. It is commonly acknowledged that it’s too small and the fact that 40 percent of it is made up of tax cuts is an enormous mistake that represents an incredible missed opportunity.
    Instead of Franklin Roosevelt, Obama looks more like a hybrid made up of 50 percent Jimmy Carter and 50 percent Ronald Reagan.
    When Bill Clinton was in office, the stimulus package he got passed at the beginning of his term wasn’t any better, but Clinton was suffering from a House and Senate that were far less favorably inclined towards Keynesianism than the current one is.
    Despite the fact that Republicans have been soundly defeated, Obama is still designing his policies to reach out to them which is an enormous mistake.
    Obama is more interested in what Republicans think than what will help working people.
    That’s a bad start, don’t you think?

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  4. ... says:

    clinton sucks…

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  5. DonS says:

    . . .to the “left” . . . (it’d be nice to have italics here.)

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  6. DonS says:

    . . . I think I meant ‘to the of David Duke. Getting too cute with words never pays off.

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  7. DonS says:

    Wigwag, on the important issue of the day, in foreign policy, Hillary hardly represented a clean break from Bush, and perhaps Obama may not either. Too much money and power surrounds the Israel project to expect a rapid change of course. In this vein, though slightly off point, depending on the amount of “consultation” that has taken place between Washington and Tel Aviv over the past month(s), one might as well consider Gaza George Bush’s last war.
    As to Obama’s attempt to pander to the entire spectrum to the right of David Duke, knock yourself out guy. On the stimulus package, we really have no idea if Hillary would have distanced herself from corporatism.

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  8. WigWag says:

    By the way, forgive the typo. The poet is not Robert Browning, it’s Robert Browing Hamilton.

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  9. WigWag says:

    DonS. you say “Wigwag, your smug agreement in a prediction of no change — assuming you think change would be good — indicts your heart throb Hillary in bold letters.”
    Hillary Clinton supporters never thought she was the Messiah; they never claimed she possessed almost super-natural healing powers and they never asserted that she would represent a clean break from all that had come before.
    Most, like me, thought she would be a highly competent and experienced President whose policies would represent a clean break from Bush and a return to the type of policies that made the 1990s such a prosperous and peaceful era. We never thought she was perfect and most of us recognized that she was a typical politician; no better, no worse.
    It was the Obama supporters who naively believed that his candidacy would bring revolutionary change to the United States (and to the world).
    Now that Obama’s team is largely in place we’ve learned that virtually every leadership position has gone to a person with very significant ties to the Administration of Bill Clinton. In fact, it’s basically the same leadership team that Clinton would have appointed had she been elected.
    The difference is that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t have invited Rick Warren to give the invocation at her inauguration and she wouldn’t be having dinner regularly with the likes of David Brooks and William Kristol. Most importantly she wouldn’t be wasting a once in a lifetime opportunity to craft a fiscal stimulus package in a way more designed to placate Republicans than to do something for working people.
    You can like Hillary Clinton, you can hate her or you can feel something in between, but when Clinton ran, you knew exactly what you were getting. When Obama ran, because he had no record and tended to speak out of every side of his mouth, it was impossible to know what he actually believed in.
    But we’ve learned alot during the transition period and after next Tuesday we’ll be learning alot more.
    As I said earlier; the smart Obama supporters already know they’ve been duped. Many others are about to learn in a painful way.
    Of course the real diehards may never learn. Even if Obama attacks Iran, gives up on his tax increase for those making $250,000 and takes twice as long to get out of Iraq as he promised; some will find a way to excuse it all.
    After all Obama can’t be wrong; he’s the Messiah.

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  10. Paul Norheim says:

    You dont`have to be a prophet to predict that Obama/Clinton will
    show a strong support for Israel in the coming months. Nor to
    predict that when the incoming administration has demonstrated
    their continuation of biased support for Israel, WigWag will use
    this support as more evidence of how wonderful Hillary is and
    how terrible Obama is.

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  11. questions says:

    POA,
    I merely disagree with the poem. I think there’s a lot more to learn from joy than there is from sorrow and I think that we often miss that point. Tolstoy has that line about how every happy family is happy in the same way, but every tragic family is different. I disagree. Joy, celebration, and happiness are crucial experiences and offer much to think on. They would be fine walking companions if you ask me.
    Further, I’m not convinced that Sorrow would be silent and therefore force me to be internally reflective while Pleasure would chat away and never let me think. A walk in the woods with Pleasure is pretty thoroughly self-reflective. A walk with Sorrow might be filled with Sorrow’s complaints such that I am forced to focus on those and learn nothing of myself. And possibly, Sorrow’s complaints are trivial. And possibly, Sorrow is so utterly self-focused that it fails to see the forest for the trees amongst which it is walking. Sorrow misses the point. (Lots of ways to read a text, and in my reading, Browning doesn’t hold up.)
    To be a better poem, Browning should invoke the feeling of the sublime (see Kant). The sublime is pleasure and pain together — try spending time with an Anselm Kiefer painting — pleasure and pain work together in his work. Were Browning to note that Sorrow and Pleasure are joined at the hip, he’d have had a longer, less pithy and more accurate poem instead of the thing he produced.
    In the end, I find Browning simplistic and would rather not use such a simplified piece of (dare I say it) doggerel to make a point about the need for wild and wasteful celebration after 8 years of national trauma. Sorrow and Pleasure together for mutual comfort, mutual perspective, and better rhetoric.
    Obama will fail for the next 4 to 8 years if he takes the dour Sorrow road without the Pleasure of your company on the ride.

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  12. Dan Kervick says:

    “Dan Kervick is disgusted by the decadence and “painted glamour” of Washington? Isn’t he the one that assured us for months on end that the candidate he supported from the very beginning, Barack Obama, was going to change all that?”
    WigWag, Could you please point out a single comment where I said this, or anything close to this?
    My position was always that we only get two choices in US presidential elections, and we should vote for the superior of the two options. I don’t regret my vote at all. Obama will be substantially better than McCain would have been, especially on a wide range of domestic and economic issues I care about. In fact, I have been pleasantly surprised and encouraged by the domestic appointments. On the whole, I think we are going to get a substantially bolder and more progressive domestic agenda than than the campaign had led me to hope.
    But I always knew foreign policy would be a battle. I wrote to Steve about a week before the election and asked him for information on the the Democratic side of the US foreign policy establishment. My concern was that, as a mainstream Democrat, Obama was likely to start appointing a number of liberal interventionists representing ideological and institutional tendencies I oppose, and I wanted to get to work early in opposing them. I said I was looking for “details about where these people work, for whom they work, who pays their salaries, who funds their foundations and think tanks, what boards they sit on, what kinds of connections they have with camps within our political system, within the corporate world, within the military-industrial complex, and within the world of global financial players, and how they are or are not affiliated with foreign organizations, players and governments.”
    Steve never replied.
    What I hadn’t counted on is that even Democratic foreign policy establishment types – like Brian Katulis and the Clintonite Nancy Soderbergh – would start preaching the need for “continuity” in foreign policy, and would recommend keeping Bob Gates at the Defense Department! I had expected that career ambition, if nothing else, would at least lead Democrats to promote other Democrats.
    But this is America, where the foreign policy priesthood is obsessed with bipartisanship, and the preservation of imperial prerogatives and cross-party rot, and decency and intelligence stop at the water’s edge.

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  13. PissedOffAmerican says:

    It is truly comical seeing Wigwag’s fawning adoration for Hillary Clinton provide the fodder for his continuing expression of dislike for Barack Obama.
    Is Wigwag totally incognizant of the very astute observation that DonS just offered? By admitting, or predicting, that Obama will fail to deliver on his promise of “change”, Wigwag consigns Hillary to the ranks of the status quo, just a continuation of the disastrous and non-representative sort of governance that has brought this nation to its knees over the course of the last few decades.
    It happens that I agree. However, my agreement, rather than founded in the petty insanity of political resentment borne from an inability to accept her defeat at the polls, is founded in the realization that Obama’s meteoric rise to celebrity status, his public pronouncements, and his choice of staffing hardly signify a President Elect who is actually going to institute the kinds of change the American people have expressed an interst in.
    Wigwag sees Hillary as a solution, I see her as the problem. I can’t help but believe that Wigwag’s adoration for Hillary Clinton is completely and utterly founded in her obscene and unwavering subservience to the Defense Industry and the Israeli whores she pimps for. His constant gloating about Obama’s deceptions and status quo appointments is really a bravado based in the victory that Israel has achieved, demonstrated by Obama’s appointment of people such as Hillary, Ross, Emanuel, etc.
    Wigwag isn’t lamenting the absence of change, he’s celebrating the absence of change. Just as he celebrates the incineration of the Palestinian people under a rain of Israeli/American White Phosphorous.

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  14. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Questions, you missed the point of the poem, and it is a good one.
    The poem doesn’t present sorrow as an end, but rather recognizes the fuel for growth that adversity and tragedy provides.

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  15. Bryant Woods says:

    Maureen Dowd has helped poison our national discourse for over a decade, viciously imputing bad intentions and ulterior motives to many public figures with no evidence whatsoever, pushing a false “liberal men are girly wusses” meme over and over again, and consistently turning her readers attention away from the substance of important issues.
    Isn’t it way past time to stop speaking of her and acting towards her as though she is worthy of attention, much less respect?

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  16. carsick says:

    Great line up of events. Have fun.
    Just wanted to let you and others know that Iris Burnett and her husband David have their own website:
    http://werejustsayin.blogspot.com/

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  17. questions says:

    To all those criticizing the parties, please remember that pleasure is crucial to the human experience; Browning’s poem is nonsense. “Walk a mile” with a symphony, walk a mile with a waltz, walk through a gallery for miles. Walk with joy for miles. Walk with a 6 pack (don’t drive!) You will learn much about what makes the walk worthwhile. We’d all commit suicide if we thought REALLY that sorrow was the point of it all.
    If we dour-ize the times, we will respond not with joyful forward purpose but rather with depressed withdrawal from necessity.
    The physician in Gaza 3 of whose children were killed while he was giving phone interview still must make himself feel purpose in life and joy for his surviving children. If suffering wins and forces a kind of sober/somber mood on all and for all purposes, we will not do well as a people, and the enjoyment that drives us together will be lost in fractious self-focused misery. At our most miserable, we must look for silver linings, for madness lies the other direction.
    And WigWag, not all Obama supporters see the smoke or the fire…. But enjoy!

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  18. DonS says:

    Wigwag, your smug agreement in a prediction of no change — assuming you think change would be good — indicts your heart throb Hillary in bold letters.
    It is clear, that Americas self-congratualtory partying — at least amongst the hearty partiers — is beyond over the top. Kind of, no, totally embarrassing, when you think of the fiscal and physical rot that’s just beyond the papier mache.

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  19. WigWag says:

    “Another decadent debauch of party time in Washington – what else is new?”
    “Washington has all the repulsive painted glamour of Hollywood…”
    Dan Kervick is disgusted by the decadence and “painted glamour” of Washington? Isn’t he the one that assured us for months on end that the candidate he supported from the very beginning, Barack Obama, was going to change all that?
    In fact, wasn’t “change you can believe in” the mantra that gullible Obama supporters repeated over and over again?
    The smarter Obama supporters like Kervick already know they’ve been duped. The dumber ones will figure it out soon enough.
    As Obama takes the oath of office and Obama supporters realize that sadly their hopes for real change are going up in smoke, here’s a little Robert Browning poem they can recite to cheer themselves up:
    I walked a mile with Pleasure,
    She chattered all the way,
    But left me none the wiser
    For all she had to say.
    I walked a mile with Sorrow
    And ne’er a word said she,
    But oh,the things I learned from her
    When Sorrow walked with me!

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  20. Dan Kervick says:

    Another decadent debauch of party time in Washington – what else is new? The US government is hazardous to the health of half the globe, and that stinking, ulcerous Beltway Babylon is the main source of the contagion. Washington has all the repulsive painted glamour of Hollywood, except its ambitious leg-spreading whores aren’t as attractive – more Lewinsky than Lohan. Maybe if enough people visit the city this week, their collective weight will crack open some sort of blessed fault under the city and swallow everyone up.
    The US and Israel just threw a party in Gaza. It was a very “high-sizzle” affair, especially for several thousand lucky invitees, as their charred and mangled bodies will attest.
    http://www.elfarra.org/gallery/gaza.htm

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  21. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Frankly, this extravaganza is obscene.
    I wonder if Michelle has found the time to accumulate a few hours of Michael Smith’s time on our dime. Figure a price tag right around three quarters of a mill to a million five, depending on how much “change” they figure their living quarters deserve.
    Being in Rome while it burns is only fun if you’re hanging out with the people holding the lighters.

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  22. ... says:

    dan kervick – thanks for your note… i apologize in advance for breaking this down in a really simplistic way, but here goes… neo-conservatives are interested in maintaining the status-quo( or much worse).. what this means to me is that old power wants to hang onto it and needs to continue to rely on the war= money equation… neo cons are reliant on conflict and turmoil to profit… they sell ‘fear’ and reap profits off of it directly… some buy into it and some don’t… frankly it would seem more liberating to not buy into fear but i understand why many do… they remain attached to, or stuck in the past…

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  23. Dan Kervick says:

    Please let me interrupt these charming and light-hearted inauguration festivities to note more horrible news on the foreign policy front, at least for lefty internationalists like me and realists like Steve. Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” is reporting the appointment of neo-cold warrior Michael McFaul, of Stanford and the Hoover Institute, as senior director for Russian affairs at the NSC, and special assistant to the President.
    McFaul is, among other dubious connections, one of the “international patrons” of the Henry Jackson Society, a sort of UK extension of the neoconservative movement, whose other patrons are a veritable Who’s Who of neoconservative poohbahs, and include: Max Boot, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Dore Gold, Robert Kagan, William Kristol, Clifford May, Joshua Muravchik, Richard Perle, Natan Sharansky, Stephen Solarz and James Woolsey.
    http://www.henryjacksonsociety.org/
    An enthusiast for NATO expansion and a confrontational approach toward Russia, McFaul serves on the boards of a variety of foundations and funds engaged in the permanent Washington and Western push against the Russian state, and in shoveling money to myriad anti-Moscow actors in the former Soviet Union. McFaul is a bona fide Jacobin fanatic preaching global revolution and regime change. In 2002, McFaul wrote the following in the conservative Hoover Foundation Journal, *Policy Review*:
    “The United States cannot be content with preserving the current order in the international system. Rather, the United States must become once again a revisionist power – a country that seeks to change the international system as a means of enhancing its own national security. Moreover, this mission must be offensive in nature. The United States cannot afford to wait and react to the next attack. Rather, we must seek to isolate and destroy our enemies by eliminating their regimes and safe havens. The ultimate purpose of American power is the creation of an international community of democratic states that encompasses every region of the planet.”
    Of course, we won’t hear much about what McFaul is actually doing at the NSC. It’s probably just a move sideways inside the government, because given his associations, my guess is that McFaul has been CIA for years anyway.

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  24. varanasi says:

    what a social butterfly! better you than me.
    enjoy the festivities. may your new president truly transform your country and the world for the better.
    january 20, 2009 is a momentous day in world history.

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  25. TonyForesta says:

    Wow!!! What an illustrious schedule. I can’t imagine anyone more inthethickofit. Enjoy, stay warm, tell Maureen Dowd she needs a spanking, and we are all looking forward to your reportage of this historic moment.

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  26. Bart says:

    That photo opposite #3 is nice, but we didn’t know you were so short.
    Have fun!

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  27. John says:

    Please don’t let 1 million plus dead Arabs, courtesy of US foreign policy, ruin the party. Whether they’re due to Dubya’s actions or Obama’s silence is rather beside the point.

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  28. DCdude says:

    wow. Steve, you are doing exactly what I want to do. How can I join your entourage?

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  29. Spunkmeyer says:

    Well, Steve, I was planning to start cleaning the basement, but
    thanks to you I’ll now do so with a feeling of sloth and inadequacy. :)

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  30. DonS says:

    Sounds like FUN. I don’t even have time to read through the whole itinerary thoroughly (grocery store calls), but here are quick thoughts:
    Right on with regard to Pam Spaulding’s, and others, principles. When Obama get’s tired of kissing up to those who detest him, and lands back on earth, realizing that he is indeed human, he can slink back towards the progressives.
    We got two DNC calls already today looking for $$$. Instead they got an earful from me and the spouse. The second caller (which I got stuck with) mentioned the “50 state strategy”, and I suggested that Obama quit shunning Howard Dean ,Kucinich, and other progressives.
    And Steve, hope you have a nice capelene or silk balaclava for your run. All that frigid air ain’t great.
    Enjoy!

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  31. questions says:

    Busy days! Wear layers you wimpy DC people you! (Insert smiley emoticon!) If you need your second hand’s fingers to count the degrees, you’re fine!
    For service, look into supplying a week’s groceries for a family via a local foodbank. People are hungrier than they were and food banks are getting less food. “Groceries” broadly speaking includes toiletries, diapers, paper goods and the like. Buy food you’d be willing to eat, not just easy junk. Coffee helps, too — instant and drip/percolator. It’ll be appreciated.
    Maybe even call the utility companies and ask about directly paying a delinquent bill. For a few hundred dollars, you can ease someone’s life once the utilities have legal permission to shut things off in the spring.

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