Archive for January 2009

Blagojevich Ousted

January 29, 2009

Today the Illinois State Senate voted in a 59-0 vote to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich and swear in the Lt. Governor. After spending the last week on a media blitz to profess his innocence to America, the legacy of Mr. Blagojevich has finally come to an end. Perhaps one of the most memorable lines from the hearings on CSPAN was Illinois State Senator Meeks who ended his remarks with,

We’ve got this thing called impeachment and its bleepin’ golden!

Blagojevich went to the trial insisting that he had done no wrong doing, however the evidence was too strong against him for the state senate. Blagojevich said earlier, ““You haven’t proved a crime — and you can’t, because it hasn’t happened. How can you throw a governor out of office with incomplete or insufficient evidence?” President Obama offered his insight saying that he was working forward to working with Gov. Quinn and that this moment “ended a painful moment for Illinois”


Fox News, I’m Calling You Out

January 28, 2009

Now that we have a new Democratic President, it has become increasingly evident that Fox News is not all that happy. From the story of the “Terrorist Fist Jab” to Sean Hannity’s crusade to inform Americans that Barack Obama is actually Satan himself, it is sad that Fox is still followed by the word “News”. 

Recently, Fox has begun the following theory:

Making fun of President Bush = Unpatriotic

Making fun of President Obama = Our only chance of survival


Fox, I think it’s time you began to refer to yourself as to what you really are; propaganda. When you’ve given Karl Rove, Sean Hannity and Mike Huckabee their own television shows and still claim to be Fair and Balanced there is something terribly wrong. Thanks but no thanks Sean. He’s been under scruntiny for the past 2 years while he was running for President and is now under a non-stop barage of press as President, will you please stop trying to tell us who the real Barack Obama is? Fear mongering is disgusting. Fear mongering is un-American. The price of living in a democracy is having to accept it when your candidate does not win.

So to everyone at Fox, in the words of Bill O’Reilly: “Whether you like it or not he is the President of the United States, attacking him is unpatriotic”

Caroline Kennedy Drops Out Of Senate Race

January 21, 2009

According to the New York Post Caroline Kennedy has dropped out of the race to replace Hillary Clinton as the Senator from New York.

Governor Paterson also admitted on Tuesday to considering state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the spot. We’ll have more as it develops.

President Obama Suspends Gitmo Arrests

January 21, 2009

As one of his first acts as President, Barack Obama has suspended all arrests for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for 120 days. The President has said that this time will be used to review the practices at Guanatanamo Bay with the ultimate goal of ending torture tactics.  Obama and Gates made a direction to the military courts to suspend 21 trials until a full comprehensive review of the tactics used at Guantanamo Bay.


This news comes hours before President Obama signed his ethics reform conference, where he set high standards for his staff including a ban on gifts from lobbyists, a ban of lobbyists from working for the government in their field, and a pay freeze for the White House Staff.


So…this is what change looks like.

Which Inauguration Line Stuck Out to You Most

January 20, 2009

Listening to Barack Obama’s inauguration speech was awe inspiring. With 18 minutes worth of speaking, there were plenty of moments that made people laugh and cry.

One of my most favorite lines was

The world has changed; and we must change with it.

Granted, this speech semeed to lack that “There is nothing to fear” moment as FDR gave us, but his speech was exactly what this nation at this time.


What were some of your favorite lines that you will be able to recite verbatum to your children?

President Obama & The Fierce Urgency of Now

January 20, 2009

It is truly remarkable how far we have come as a nation in the past two years. When I reflect upon my part in the historic events that led to the election and inauguration of the first black president in our nation’s history it fills me with joy to know that I was there when it all began (for me) one late October night in 2006. Myself, and three others went into Seattle (on a school night!) to attempt to scalp tickets to see Barack Obama, a mostly unknown junior senator from Illinois give a talk about his book and perhaps have a chance for him to sign a book of ours. We were incredibly lucky to even get four tickets out of the line, and to get them at face value (five dollars). We made friends with people that were close to the front of the line and waited to get in with them. Already the spirit of togetherness was overtaking common citizens! We sat in the first row allowed for those with our sort of ticket. Then one of us asked if we could move all the way to the front, which we were allowed to do. Watching him enter from my left side was crazy and even then it blew my mind. His talk touched upon the fundamentals that he would eventually utilise to run for President. I was terribly impressed by how (mostly) non-partisan he was. It was truly refreshing. Afterward we all waited patiently for our group to be called to have our books signed. One of us had bought an extra book for our AP Government professor which was my ticket into the line. Eventually it was my turn to walk up and get the book signed. I handed him my book and he signed it and then I asked him, “I don’t know if this is kosher but could you sign my ticket stub?” He smiled and said yes and I shook his hand. We left Benaroya Hall walking on air at the experience. Looking back upon it now it seems like it was in a different time.

I always thought from then on that he was the right man for the job. I was just waiting on everyone else to realise what I already had. Then the movement began slowly and showed itself in Iowa, in South Carolina, and so on and so forth. We stand here today perched on the precipice of the kind of history that our generation has never been witness to. Yes, we did watch in horror as the towers fell in smoke and ash under the pressure of terrorism and hate. Yes, we did watch our nation go to war. Yes, we did watch our economy sink to depths none of us could have imagined. Yes, we were told our opinions did not matter. This however, is the kind of moment that will forever live in all our memories as one that is a happy memory, one that reminds us that even though we have witnessed and grown up during some of the toughest times this country has ever faced, we can and did rise up and send a message to the world that we are a generation of change. That we are a generation that refuses to allow others to tell us what we cannot achieve. With that sort of resolve, inspired by a man with a funny name and big ears, we can achieve anything.

And now, we turn ourselves to bear witness to the day Martin Luther King dreamed of when he made his address on the Lincoln Memorial over 40 years ago. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” That day, is January 20, 2009. Let us enjoy it.

Barack Obama’s Inauguration: Stories From The Mall

January 20, 2009
Millions on the national mall awaiting the inauguration of President Obama.

Millions on the national mall awaiting the inauguration of President Obama.

(Washington D.C.) – Today I along with a few other College Democrats joined the millions of Americans from every state stretching from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Within 5 feet were people from Florida, North Carolina, Connecticut, California, Kentucky and a multitude of other states. Even more impressive were the people from the Bahamas and the Netherlands.

Every race, color and creed was visible on the mall. After arriving around 1am there were plenty of people who were rich, poor, tired and eventually just a huddled mass. All of them telling us how they came with friends from South Africa and as far away as Australia. Everyone sharing stories about how Barack Obama’s election has personally touched them in a way no election ever has.

Singing songs together in unity to stay warm, loudly cheering for President Obama when he appeared on the jumbotron and quietly listening to pastor Rick Warren when he spoke to everyone.

Whether you were there in person, saw it at home on your television, saw it online at work, or listened to it on the radio this was a moment for the history books. From Los Angeles to New York to the forgotten corners of the world everyone will remember this moment. What did you make of this moment?