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My Inauguration Post

January 21st, 2009 by Steven Gould


You should also go see the picture of him fighting Darth Vader.

On a less satirical note, click the pic below to see an incredible interactive panorama of the swearing in.

Do try it the full screen option.

(Action figure seen at BoingBoing.  LDA sent me the link for the Obama-rama.)

And finally, seen from Janice Gelb, but we’re not sure who wrote it:

Dear World:

We, the United States of America , your top quality
supplier of the ideals of liberty and democracy,
would like to apologize for our 2001-2008 interruption
in service. The technical fault that led to this eight-
year service outage has been located, and the software
responsible was replaced November 4. Early tests of
the newly installed program indicate that we are now
operating correctly, and we expect it to be fully
functional on January 20. We apologize for any
inconvenience caused by the outage. We look forward
to resuming full service and hope to improve in
years to come. We thank you for your patience and

The United States of America

Posted in Disaster Relief, Dreams, Steve | 6 Comments »

6 Responses

  1. Madeleine Robins Says:

    Damn, that’s a lot of people. Can you imagine being the focus of all that? I guess certain people (now, thankfully, gone) would look out at that audience and think, “Hey, they’re here to see me!” and others would look out and think “There’s my responsibility, right there.”


  2. Sean Craven Says:

    Dude, dude, dude. The warrior metaphor is soooo last administration. War is the last (obvious profanity) thing we need.

    How about this instead?

  3. Steven Gould Says:

    Sean, you’re absolutely right. I’ve clearly been playing too much Left4Dead.

    Here’s a different take on the service interruption message above:
    US Democracy Server: Patch Day

  4. Sean Craven Says:

    Hey, I’m certainly in no position to be pointing fingers here.

    You want a confession? I voted against Schwarzenegger (Would you believe?) but after his election my fantasy was of him going after Enron as though he was one of the characters he plays in the movies. Guys in suits being pitched out of the upper floors of skyscrapers and so on…

    Needless to say I was disappointed.

    But within the first few days of achieving office Obama is surpassing my most optimistic fantasies. Closing Guantanamo? Giving freedom of information some real teeth?

    Look, Nixon was my introduction to the concept of government. This guy, well. I’m not sure I’m ready for him — but I’ll try to deal with it.

  5. Marcia Streufert Says:

    I got warm fuzzies seeing the millions of people on The Mall for the Inauguration; and the photographers were out in force documenting it. I found another incredible panoramic shot of the day that you can click on and zoom in. If you were in the crowd, you may be able to find yourself.

  6. Morgan J. Locke Says:

    Wow, that is an impressive photo, Marcia. I zoomed in and out on the president, the folks sitting behind him, and several folks down in the crowd. Way, way cool! Thanks for sharing it.

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