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By The People

I just finished watching By The People: The Election of Barack Obama on HBO. It was pretty good. It reminded me of how much I lived and died by this past campaign. I did a lot of it in private, though, because while I think of myself as passionate about the electoral process I am pretty uninformed about politics. And I didn’t want to get too much into discourse even with my friends who are of the same political stripe, lest I degrade the conversation. Nobody wants to be the annoying newbie asking all the questions they should have asked during AP US history in high school. PS: I got a 3 on that particular AP test. See? I’m a lightweight.

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Jefferson Memorial

Originally uploaded by The Official White House Photostream

The ears are just cracking me up. Also proof that it’s definitely the President.

Just kidding, Mr. President!

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Rahma Lama Ding Dong

  • Rahm Facts are the new Chuck Norris Facts only better because they are all true. Especially the ones about the missing part of his right middle finger. Note: I posted this on Gapers Block yesterday. I can haz page view? [Rahm Facts]
  • Advanced Emanuel Brothers Personality Test From Hell [Wonkette]

Should I be looking for Rahm Emanuel to host SNL? Or maybe they can get Bradley Whitford to play him in any presidential sketches? It kinda works, as Bradley played Josh Lyman, a character based on Rahm, on “The West Wing”. For fun: Josh Lyman quotes on IMDb.

I still can’t get behind Fred Armisen’s Barack or Maya Rudolph’s Michelle. There aren’t any other past or present SNL players that I can recommend. Is that a slight on my own limited memory and capacity for SNL casting, or just a dig at the fact? theory? that Lorne Michaels doesn’t know a lot of people of color.

Anyway, I was thinking Aisha Tyler would make a wonderful Michelle Obama but she’s never been on SNL. Well, John Goodman was never part of the cast but his Linda Tripp was phenomenal. So stop talking up Ellen Cleghorne, who was never funny to me.

What about the President-elect? I got nothing. Suggestions? Please leave in comments, and any other thoughts you may have.

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pressing the mind grapes: "Live every week like it's Shark Week."

  1. Is it just me, or has Tracy Morgan been getting less to do on “30 Rock” No, it’s not just me.
  2. Go to 7:36 and you will see my friends Will and Robin Burns! Aren’t they super cute?
  3. I skipped @ColonelTribune‘s tweetup because I was feeling unwell. And then I come home to find the elevator is not working again. I want to cry out of frustration over something so relatively unimportant.
  4. I have no plans for the weekend.
  5. Congratulations, Thomas & Jalissa!
  6. The new kids on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” are terrible actors. Sorry, but it’s true.
  7. I have, like, 20 episodes of ‘Roseanne’ on my DVR. Seriously?

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i was there.

I was there.  I was there and I totally didn’t cry. Amazing, considering I’ll cry at, for, or about anything. Video of a lion in an African reserve reunited with the young Brits who saved him as a baby? Hand me that box of tissues. That part of “The Joy Luck Club” where the dead mom says “Waverly took best-quality crab. You took worst, because you have best-quality heart.”? I’m sobbing into a pillow. The end of “The Killing Fields” when Pran tells Sydney there’s nothing to forgive even though he’d spent the last few years trying not to get killed by the Khmer Rouge? If anyone needs me, I’ll be lying on the floor, heaving and hollering. Continue reading

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"We rejected fear."

While I struggle to gather my own thoughts, please read Baratunde Thurston’s, as published by The Independent. I like this passage:

The manner of this campaign is as important as its ultimate outcome. Grassroots organising met peer-to-peer networked technologies, learnedfrom old school campaigning and was remixed through new school art. And it won. We won!

“We rejected so much history and so many rules that have bound us. We rejected fear” [The Independent]

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Yes We Did.

Yes We Did.

I’m way too tired to blog about this night properly. But I wanted to say a few things before I head home (yes, I’m at the office – I left my purse here so I wouldn’t have to worry about checking it at the rally):

  1. Getting into the park was slow, but pretty smooth. Folks were nice and friendly.
  2. Secret Service were hanging at the metal detectors. They totally meant business.
  3. And that went for all law enforcement, especially those CPD horsies.
  4. I ate a slice of pizza from some folks who had an extra slice. And Tony bought me a diet coke. I don’t know how else I would have made it through 4 hours of standing.
  5. BTW, Tony kept everybody cracking up. Seriously. This is a man who, upon seeing video of Jesse Jackson shedding tears of joy, still called Jesse out for being a hater.
  6. So many cool eyeglasses in the crowd.
  7. Watching CNN in a huge crowd was nice, as we got no crappy commercials.
  8. Nobody knew what country song they kept playing after “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.
  9. I should have taken my proper camera to take better shots. Oh well, I’ll just use my words to paint you a picture. [rolls eyes]
  10. President-elect Barack Obama. Vice President-elect Joe Biden. Sounds good to me.

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One Week

Now, I don’t believe that government can or should try to solve all our problems. I know you don’t either. But I do believe that government should do that which we cannot do for ourselves – protect us from harm and provide a decent education for our children; invest in new roads and new science and technology. It should reward drive and innovation and growth in the free market, but it should also make sure businesses live up to their responsibility to create American jobs, and look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road. It should ensure a shot at success not only for those with money and power and influence, but for every single American who’s willing to work. That’s how we create not just more millionaires, but more middle-class families. That’s how we make sure businesses have customers that can afford their products and services. That’s how we’ve always grown the American economy – from the bottom-up. John McCain calls this socialism. I call it opportunity, and there is nothing more American than that.

Emphasis mine, obvs, but it should be emphasis ours. Okay? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Amanda Scott’s Blog: Senator Obama’s Closing Argument: “One Week” [my.BarackObama.com]

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chicken with goat cheese & basil

what is on my mind this morning

  1. the election (duh): No longer satisfied to just donate money, consume news and commentary via Twitter, or rant at my television, I am ready (finally) to volunteer. I could call for change tonight at Ann Sather on Belmont with my Lakeview neighbors, or just head down to Obama IL HQ anytime. So many choices, so many ways to “rock for Barack”, so to speak.
  2. the economy: Yeah, I can still pay my rent. I’m lucky enough to still have a job with health insurance and a 401(k). But other folks are struggling. My folks are struggling, and have been for a long time. Always voting for the GOP, they’re committed to voting for Senator Obama come November. I think Senator Obama’s economic policy could provide them and other working people with some relief.
  3. rumors: I’m no longer interested in hearing rumors and lies from pretty much anybody. Yes, I’m talking about the election. If we’re talking celebrities being discussed in US Weekly, however, that’s fine. Um, on second thought…
  4. sadness: My apartment is a sty. I’ve said it. I need help cleaning it. I know this sounds familiar to the people who know me, and the few people who’ve seen my old apartments, but seriously. Nothing says “fat loser spinster” like a freezer full of single portions of frozen vegetables and salmon. Okay, maybe not in general, but when you live in a studio, you can’t help but hear “Eleanor Rigby” every time you come home. Though in my mind it’s the defiant version by Aretha Franklin from “This Girl’s In Love With You”.
  5. That being said: http://you-are-beautiful.com/youarebeautiful/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/seancookcoribruderealansing.jpg (thank you, Xina)
  6. My admiration and adoration of Ina Garten, aka “The Barefoot Contessa”, continues. I made her chicken with goat cheese and basil Monday night for supper. OMFG. Picture is on Flickr. I got lazy, though, and bought boneless, skin-on chicken breast from Whole Foods instead of getting skin-on, bone-in from Dominick’s and de-boning myself. Because my knife skills are amateur at best, and anyway my beautiful Wusthoff needs to be sharpened anyway. I shoudl remember to take care of that, as the Whole Foods chicken, being organic and de-boned and from Whole Foods, was really expensive. Really expensive. But still very good.

what i’m up to (work-wise)

  1. working on another piece for Time Out Chicago (woot!)
  2. thinking up things to post on Gapers Block
  3. recapping like a fool for Recapist — MTV aired two episodes of “The Hills” this week, and they were really good.

what i’ve got going (fun-wise)

  1. birthday dinner for Khloé
  2. Byl’s “Grown and Sexy” birthday at Mary’s Attic
  3. “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist”/Paul Weller @ HoB with Elisa next Tuesday

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Barack Roll

No additional commentary, as I believe the video speaks for itself. Okay, one comment: bwahahahahahahahahaha.

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