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I ignorantly do not know about the topic that this skit disucsses, the consumer protection act? However, I still found the sketch funny. The skit features Fred Armisen (Obama), Will Ferrell (George W. Bush), Darrell Hammond (Bill Clinton), Dana Carvey (Bush Sr.), Jim Carrey (Ronald Reagan), Dan Akroyd (Jimmy Carter), Chevy Chase (Gerald Ford) and Maya Rudolph (Michelle Obama).
Both of these first two videos are on the longer side, but both are powerful and hillarious. Both involve Jon Stewart. If you only have time for one of these, the 2nd video is much more poignant.
The first video is the Daily Show making fun of CNN because it fact-checked a Saturday Night Live sketch, but does a poorer job fact checking its own reporters.
This second video is when Jon Stewart went on the show Crossfire a few years back. Do not give up on this video, watch the full thing. Its awesome till the 10th minute. It gets a little slow around the 10:00-12:00 minute mark, but he throws a zinger around 12:30.
And this is his follow-up to his crossfire experience.
A very interesting article in the BBC on Monday January 19th. It is about the process of moving an old president out and moving a new president into the White House.
Until his retirement last year, Gary J Walters was Chief Usher at the White House – involved in six presidential moves and in overall charge of four of them. Here he describes the process.
An interesting quote I read today from Gregg Easterbrook:
In national news, Tuesday is the inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th president of the United States. We’ve been so wrapped up in various forms of financial panic, real or imagined, that some may have lost sight of what a great day this is for America. Regardless of whether Obama ultimately proves to be an outstanding president or an average chief executive or a dud, only in America could this happen. A country whose eternal shame is that it once held slaves elects a black man as its leader, and a black man who came from nothing, entirely self-made. Obama is so appealing because he is the embodiment of the American story — and that story is still in the early chapters. Today every American, even those who exercised their right to oppose Obama, should beam with pride. Until now I felt proudest to be an American on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong put his foot on the moon. I thought then, “No other nation can accomplish such a thing, no other nation can dream so big.” Today I feel prouder, because Obama represents a much grander and more important dream. Today America proves to the world that we meant what we said about freedom and equality.
“My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.” – Barack Obama
Last night I ate dinner at The Barrel Room, and at one point our discussion turned to the current presidential race. Sue mentioned at one point, that she remembered back in school, a teacher talking about a united America. The teacher said something along the lines of: whomever is in office, whether its a democrat or a republican, he is OUR president and we must stand behind him, and support him. Tom also mentioned along the lines of: If Obama becomes president, I hope we all want to vote for him for a second term.
One of my biggest frustrations with politics, is that people tie themselves so strongly to party lines, rather then actually looking closely at issues. Whether we truly agree with a policy or not, we will fight it to the end if it is a policy of the other party. We have been a country divided for the last few presidencies. There has been a large amount of hatred towards the G.W.Bush terms. Before that, there was a lot of disdain during the Clinton years.
I like the thoughts that were mentioned in that we need to be unified as a country, working towards the greater good of the country. No matter who is in the office, they are still our chief officer. We live in a great country, and part of that greatness comes from standing together-despite our differences. If Obama is president, I hope America’s problems are addressed well enough that we all want him for 4 more years. Same with McCain. Whomever is President, has a big, stressful job, and deserves our support.