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The Circus Is In Town

In 3 days, Barack Hussein Obama will serve up his much anticipated inaugural speech and set up camp at his new White House crib.

An historic day, for sure. The first Black President in our country's young history will be sworn into office, a huge important milestone, and yet, for all the hoopla, it just doesn't seem that exciting.

Yeah, I know, I didn't vote for the guy, but, the day-in, day-out media saturation of this man for the past four years has made it feel as though he's been at this since I was unloading in my Pampers.

These past couple days especially, from all the talk of which "celebrities" will be where (in a city which they have avoided like the plague since Clinton and his Blue Dress), to today's "symbolic" train ride, and all the goofy baubles one can purchase, it's all seemed to be, well, a bit hokey to me.

Here's just a few examples of merchandise that can be purchased thanks to the inspiration of Obama Corp:

We have Obama bobble heads, Obama Metro Cards, Obama tee-shirts of every kind, Obama calenders, pins of Barack and Michelle, Obama condoms, Obama commemorative plates, Obama One Dollar coins (which sell for $19.99), a Barack-in-the-box, Obama Hot Sauce, Obama soap-on-a-rope (?), Obama trading cards, an Obama/Biden thong (eww), Obama Andy Warhol "Pop" sneakers, a Marvel Comic book "Spiderman Meets Obama" issue, Obama stamps, "Obama Momma" trading cards, an "Obama Wins" $200 pocket book, Obama aprons, Ben & Jerry's "Yes Pe-Can" ice cream, Obama "Bling", and "First Obama Dog" trading cards, just to name a few things.

We also have a gaggle of "celebrities" who will be performing including:

Beyonce, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, U2, Garth Brooks, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Usher, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Will.i.am, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Denzel Washington, and many more I don't care to write about.

Many "celebrities" have also donated large amounts of money for the festivities, some up to $50,000 each, including:

George Soros, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg, Kate Spielberg, Jeffery Katzenberger, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Ron Howard, Samuel Jackson, Sharon Stone, Robert Zemeckis, and many more I don't care to write about.

(You can see a list of all the people who contributed at least $200 and up at the Inaugural Committee Donors page.)

I've always viewed the inauguration of the President of the United States as an especially solemn, truly unique American tradition.

Perhaps that's why I get the feeling that this one is more like a big, expensive, cheesy telethon.

What a shame.

(Edited after first posting)


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Comments (32)

That $200 pocketbook should... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

That $200 pocketbook should say, "Obama wins again", especially with a one dollar coin that's selling for $20.

What? No checker boards?

An historic day, for sur... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

An historic day, for sure. The first Black President in our country's young history will be sworn into office, and yet, for all the hoopla, it just doesn't seem that exciting.


No one would expect someone like you to get excited, Shawn. You really don't matter either. Eat your sour grapes and go sit down!

But there are millions of people that are excited about this historical event. I will be weeping many wonderful joyous tears and thanking God that he answered our prayers. We now seek a better world. President Barack Obama has given us hope!

God Is Good!

It will be most beautiful t... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

It will be most beautiful to see President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle dance to "At Last" sung by Beyonce.


Awesome, baby!

The first Black Presiden... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

The first Black President in our country's young history will be sworn into office, a huge important milestone, and yet, for all the hoopla, it just doesn't seem that exciting.

Actually, he's half black, half white.


Or do real facts don't matter anymore? Just emotion matters now?

"It will be most beautiful ... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

"It will be most beautiful to see President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle dance to "At Last" sung by Beyonce."


Well, that's qualification enough for me!


Well, that's qualificati... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

Well, that's qualification enough for me!

You don't matter, Shawn

I heard the tooth fairy was... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

I heard the tooth fairy was going to be there! You use three comments on Shawn's blog to show how much he "doesn't matter". Keep (scrambling) running back here to try to convince him! Sounds like nervous desperation trying to cover up a mirage to me!

Wow. So this board is wher... (Below threshold)
broadsword:

Wow. So this board is where the losers have come to sulk.

Make no mistake about it. That's exactly what you guys are:

Losers.

Bankrupt philosophy, and no shot of ever getting elected again.
depp=true
notiz=And you just lost your vowels .

"You don't matter, Shawn"</... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

"You don't matter, Shawn"

Gotta love the tolerant left.

Keep up that philosophy, justice (BWAHAHAHA), and you won't matter soon.

I heard the tooth fairy ... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

I heard the tooth fairy was going to be there! You use three comments on Shawn's blog to show how much he "doesn't matter". Keep (scrambling) running back here to try to convince him! Sounds like nervous desperation trying to cover up a mirage to me!

LOL!

Well, what's your excuse? You're scrambling back here to see what I'm gonna say!

If you don't like it, then don't look! Geez!

Keep up that philosophy,... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

Keep up that philosophy, justice (BWAHAHAHA), and you won't matter soon.


Blah Blah...

Sticks & Stones!

Losers. ... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

Losers.

Bankrupt philosophy, and no shot of ever getting elected again.

OUCH!

I'm getting movies to watch... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

I'm getting movies to watch from around 12:00pm to midnight. Could call it an Obama moviethon. Will NOT turn on a news station until Wed night.

NOW I KNOW I won't miss much, but in the off chance something UNIQUE happens it will still be news way past the weekend.

Amazing choices with all the different kinds of wonderful memorabilia, I'll take some of that Obama toilet paper...lol

The last presidential inaug... (Below threshold)

The last presidential inauguration I watched was JFK's. I like to read the speeches afterwards.

I don't get all the hoopla celebration stuff. Never have, likely never will.

"The first Black President ... (Below threshold)
Bob:

"The first Black President in our country's young history will be sworn into office, a huge important milestone [sic]...."

The word is "millstone" (a burden or large inconvenience one has to endure).

I have never been more sure... (Below threshold)
MichaelC:

I have never been more sure than this week at Wizbang that there is a 12 year loose on the board. It is simply embarrassing to watch J58 display his lack of maturity and common sense. A total stranger, this noob just shows up out of no where and without any pause starts shitting on everyone at will.

Is this your style everywhere, little guy or just where you're sure that you're not welcome?

I am SO looking for this to... (Below threshold)

I am SO looking for this to finally blow over.
http://www.rightklik.net/

This whole event is a bunch... (Below threshold)
AJ:

This whole event is a bunch of crap, honestly. From making Obama's letter to his daughters a public spectacle, to the unbelievable $150 million festivities (remember Bush being hated on when his inaguration costs were tens of millions? But not one Democrat is complaining of the excessive cost of Obama's party... ) The whole Obama craze is unreal, and what makes it worse is that it's based on a blank slate. It's a shame the $150 mil couldn't be used for the good of the people. It's a shame all these celebs couldn't donate to worthy causes instead of a glorified party. But such is the world we live in.

Just out of curiosity, what... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Just out of curiosity, what was so offensive about comment # 8 that it had to be disemvowelled? From what I can decipher it seems pretty mild in comparison to some I've seen here.
Just wanna make sure I don't cross the line one day. Is there a line, or is it at the whim of the moderator?

Remember, to be a "star" in... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Remember, to be a "star" in hollywood, you have to be totally self absorbed and always aware of how you are perceived. No wonder they relate to Barry so well. Symbolism over substance.

Justice, for the record: When it comes to liberals and lefties, you don't matter. Your childishness is not only noticed, but expected. ww

Attention Good Citizens:</p... (Below threshold)
DSL:

Attention Good Citizens:

Do not be alarmed on Jan.20 2009 this is NOT the "Great Shaking", the Messiah is NOT returning. This is only our founding father's rolling over in their graves due to the "hollywood circus". I imagine they envisioned something a little different. I have to go now an register my gown online. I would not want to be caught wearing the same gown as our future first lady. How unpatriotic of me!

Sticks & Stones!</... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
Sticks & Stones!

No, Shawn just picked yours up and threw them back at you.

"The first Black President ... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

"The first Black President in our country's young history will be sworn into office, a huge important milestone [sic]...."

The word is "millstone" (a burden or large inconvenience one has to endure)."

Unfortunately, this voice has been heard throughout American history.

During our Revolution there were Tories.

There were those who fought to preserve and spread slavery.

There were those who looked on the signing of the Voting Rights Act as a calamitous event. Many left the Democratic Party in protest.

There were those who mourned the end of apartheid in South Africa. William Buckley predicted it would result in a bloodbath.

Earlier he had spoken out against the Voting Rights Act, agreeing with segregationists that Southern blacks were not ready for enfranchisement.

It was Mr. Buckley who advocated standing athwart the progress of history and yelling "Stop."

There will always be those whom history passes by, as they yell "Stop."

But hsitory doesn't stop. It moves on and leaves them behind.

It's not kool-aid you are drinking. it is bitter wine wrung from sour grapes. And it has induced hallucinations of dread times to come.

President-Elect Obama has called for unity. He welcomes you to join in the work that awaits us as a nation.

Come as loyal opposition. Come as responsible critics. But don't stand in the rain and curse the tent. There is too much to do.


Davy, are you aware of how ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Davy, are you aware of how many current democratic leaders are in congress right now that were proactive in segragation AND violence against blacks? Do you have a clue?

You try to wax eloquent yet ignore the many gestures GW put forward in the start of his presidency. He held out his hand and you all spit in it. Now you want to act all mature and say we should all join the team? Are you for real.

Barry O.'s presidency is already failed. He is going down in history as the worst president ever. ww

Willie,You really ... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

Willie,

You really don't want to go there. Do you want to compare the number of former segregationists currently serving as Democratic congressmen with the number of former segregationists who became Republicans.
Why do you think the South is now solidly Republican?

I never spit on GW's hand. The majority of the country, including the MSM, supported the Iraq War until they found out how they had been mislead and then watched as Donald Rumsfeld let the insurgency spin out of control.

God forbid you should act mature. No, Willie, I wasn't asking you to do that.

I won't dignify your last comment with a serious response. BTW, do you also know who's going to win the Super Bowl, because I want to put some money on it.

This wee willie dude has ab... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

This wee willie dude has about as much cred as the "obamalala" guy. None.

I am rather sick already of... (Below threshold)
mag:

I am rather sick already of all the worship and false praise that is handed out to Obama....with the coins and shirts etc.
I mean if you like Obama and put your hopes in all well and fine. But making him into some kind of god-like person is not good for him or us. I heard some people say he should have his own chapter in the Bible and comparing him to religous dieties. Is that healthy???
I wish him the best for the sake of the country, but honestly...I am very, very scared. I just don't think Obama is up to the job especially in these times. That is not a insult to him, it how I feel.

I certianly wont be watchin... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

I certianly wont be watching his corination HE IS NOT MY EMPORER HE IS NOT MY TYRANT SIC SEMPTER TYRANUS OBAMA

I certianly wont be watc... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

I certianly wont be watching his corination HE IS NOT MY EMPORER HE IS NOT MY TYRANT SIC SEMPTER TYRANUS OBAMA

Barack Hussein Obama is your President!


Praise God

Wow. Quoting the traitor Jo... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Wow. Quoting the traitor John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated our greatest President. You're a true patriot, Plover.

And you spelled it wrong, too, proving you're not only treasonous, but ignorant as hell. Enjoy obscurity.

Bruce, here's an example of... (Below threshold)
max:

Bruce, here's an example of classic wizbang double standard.

Calling conservatives "losers" is bad.

Calling liberals "stupid cunts" is A-OK.

http://wizbangblog.com/content/2009/01/17/soledad-obrien-you-know-whos-like-the-heroic-pilot-chesley-sullenberger-barack-obama.php#comment-862381

And I hope you get to read this, Bruce, 'cause they really hate being called on it. This comment's lifespan is likely about 5 minutes or so.

Personally, I used to have a problem with it, but have since realized that all that does is put an upper limit on wizbangs already questionable credibility.
depp=true
notiz=Wizbang is not a democracy. Move on.

Ner ever JUSTICE 58 He coul... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Ner ever JUSTICE 58 He could be the antichrist




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