LET THEM EAT ARUGULA!
Posted by ginnypub on January 19, 2009
The community represents “so many people who have been forgotten,” Obama said. “Washington hasn’t been listening to you and hasn’t been paying attention to you.” BRISTOL, Va
“If you give me that opportunity, if you give me that chance, I will fight for you every single day,‘’ he pledged. “I’ll wake up every day in that White House thinking about those people in Martinsville.‘’
“I’m not saying that every job is going to come back to Martinsville just because I’m elected president,” Obama said in a town hall-style meeting at Patrick Henry Community College’s Virginia Motorsports Technology Center. “I’m not saying that suddenly all of the schools are going to be fixed. But what I can do is I can say that I’m going to wake up every day thinking about you and thinking about how to make your life a little bit better.”
The price tag for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration gala is expected to break records, with some estimates reaching as high as $150 million. Despite the bleak economy, however, Democrats who called on President George W. Bush to be frugal four years ago are issuing no such demands now that an inaugural weekend of rock concerts and star-studded parties has begun.
In 2005, Reps. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and Jim McDermott, D-Wash., asked Bush to show a little less pomp and be a little more circumspect at his party.
“President Roosevelt held his 1945 inaugural at the White House, making a short speech and serving guests cold chicken salad and plain pound cake,” the two lawmakers wrote in a letter. “During World War I, President Wilson did not have any parties at his 1917 inaugural, saying that such festivities would be undignified.”
The thinking was that, with the nation at war, excessive celebration was inappropriate. Four years later, the nation is still at war. Unemployment has risen sharply. And Obama pressed Congress to release the second half of a $700 billion bailout package in hopes of rescuing a faltering banking industry.
Obama’s inauguration committee says it is mindful of the times and is not worried people will see the four days of festivities as excessive.
“That is probably not the way the country is going to be looking at it,” said committee spokeswoman Linda Douglass. “It is not a celebration of an election. It is a celebration of our common values.”
Douglass said the campaign sought to keep costs down by having the same decorations at each of the 10 balls, eliminating floral arrangements and negotiating prices on food.
Parrr-tay!! Whoo Hoo!!
Mr. President, remember us? Are you still thinking about us, like you promised?
Huh, whu.., who? Oh, it’s you. Stop trying to crash my celebration of our common values and go back to clinging to your guns and religion, you ignorant hicks! Here, take this plate of arugula with you. That should should tide you over and it was blocking my access to the Baluga caviar.