Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Late Night and Inauguration

Today Barack Hussein Obama will be sworn in as our nation's 44th President. It is certainly an historic occasion. If your computer will stream video, here's a list of web channels to watch it all if you haven't got access to a television today.

Let's check in with what the late night pundits and their writers have had to say about today.

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"Barack Obama will be the new President of the United States. I'm telling you, things are really starting to look bad for Hillary." (David Letterman)

"President-elect Barack Obama is starting to get an idea of just how hard his new job is going to be. Today he said he wanted to bring a sense of accountability to Washington. A *sense* of accountability. I think he realized that actual accountability, never going to happen." (Jay Leno)

"People, I think, are excited about Barack Obama's inauguration. Some people are worried, though, because three million people are expected for the inauguration but there will only be 5,000 port-a-potties. That's true. Officials say they would have paid a lot more attention to bladder issues if John McCain had been elected." (Conan O'Brien)

"Here's good news: President-elect Barack Obama and his family have actually now moved into Washington, D.C. Their stuff arrived via U-Haul One." (David Letterman)

"Cheney was kind of fun about it. He said that, you know, he only has a couple of days left as the Vice-President, but he's planning to squeeze in one last heart attack." (Letterman)

"On Inauguration Day, Barack Obama will be riding in a brand new presidential limousine made by General Motors. Yeah, the parade route is five miles long, so GM says Obama should only have to stop for gas twice." (Conan O'Brien)

"But here's good news for Obama. The new tank-like limousine is shoe proof." (David Letterman)

[selected from about.com]

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WORDS for YOUR WEEK: "The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an encyclopedia of clich├ęs the first prize." (Saul Bellow)

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