One more day
At last year's office holiday party, I won in the gift swap a keychain that counted down the number of days until Bush left office. At the time, the number was horrifyingly large, but we're down to less than a day now. (The keychain died sometime last summer, frozen somewhere in the 150s.)
I lucked into a pair of tickets for the swearing in ceremony, so T and I will go. I gave D the opportunity to come with me, but the idea of standing in the cold for 5 hours didn't appeal to him, so we got a sitter. We're not leaving the house until 7 am, so I don't expect to be able to see much, but I got a kick out of just wandering around the mall on Sunday, even though we were in the group shut out when they closed the checkpoints.
Great discussion of This Land is Your Land — and the fact that Pete included the "private property" verse — over at Crooked Timber.
T pointed out to me tonight this Onion article from January 2001:
"During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to
the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring
citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed
conflict in the next four years….
"On the economic side, Bush vowed to bring back economic stagnation
by implementing substantial tax cuts, which would lead to a recession,
which would necessitate a tax hike, which would lead to a drop in
consumer spending, which would lead to layoffs, which would deepen the
recession even further."
It's time for some change.