Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Insert Maudlin Overdramatic 'Dawn of a New Era' Sentiment Here

I won't waste your time with a lot of unoriginal thoughts on today's inauguration, except to say that I'm more than a little overwhelmed by the buzz. From that perspective, the bar has been set incredibly high for President Obama. Fortunately for him, the competence bar is pegged at subterranean levels after the last 8 years.

But I come here not to bury President Bush, but to praise G:TB's own Teejay (pictured below), who is putting aside his partisan views and celebrating President Obama's inauguration with the good people of the State Society of Arizona. We expect a full report tomorrow.

88 comments:

TJ said...

I need to learn to smile more for the photogs.

By the way, there is still no guarantee we find our way into the clusterfuck that is DC for this thing.

rob said...

should mention that gtb's own demon deacons are #1 in the country right now. worked out great for alabama, so we'll see.

rob said...

the report will be even funnier if you put on a tux and can't make it to your destination.

rob said...

you need to sign up for twitter and chronicle the events of the evening in real time.

rob said...

craig robinson taking this opportunity to do a little subtle marketing for oregon state with a black/orange scarf. well played.

Mark said...

So...is TJ going to wear a bolo tie to this shindig? I mean, they've given you the option so you might as well take advantage Tex...

Mark said...

Its officially the last time we have to hear "Hail to the Chief" played as this W walks down an aisle. Thank the fucking lord.

TJ said...

rob, first you become a Facebook donkey. Now you're all about Twitter. What's next, J-Date?

rob said...

ail (audible inaugural laughter)

Mark said...

TJ, give into facebook and wear a bolo tie already. It's a new day in America.

rob said...

yeah, what mark said. we need a new way to market gtb. tweet, baby.

Mark said...

Anybody know where Geoff is today?

I imagine him either in the fetal position whilst sucking his thumb or sloppy drunk on his couch wearing sweats.

TJ said...

I went normal tie and vest. No bolo, and no Seven Mary Three cummerbund.

TJ said...

I imagine the AZ State Society would be ecstatic to know the press they're garnering from GTB and our tens and tens of readers.

Geoff said...

On the couch wearing sweats...and making tons of bitter remarks. In my family, we open our Obama presents on Inaugural morning, not inaugural eve. And I'm looking forward to the healing of the sick and parting of the waters...

Mark said...

Ah, Seven Mary Three. I hung out with the lead singer a couple of times a few years back (I know his younger brother). And yes, he's a douche. Not a Creed level douche, but a douche nonetheless.

TJ said...

Mark, did you know those douches went to William and Mary?

Mark said...

Geoff...think you could crack open a bottle of something? You know, so my prediction can be 100% correct.

rob said...

i know the 7m3 drummer quite well. he is not a douche.

Mark said...

Yes, I had heard that. The lead singer went to high school in Orlando at Bishop Moore. I'm not sure about the other guys but he's definitely douche.

Mark said...

I was really hoping Aretha would sing "Respect" instead.

rob said...

overstating the obvious, this ceremony really is a remarkable thing.

Geoff said...

I'm drinking coffee...but there is a bittle of scotch a mere 12 feet away...

Mark said...

I think TJ should see if he can find a hat like Aretha's sporting today. It'd put his outfit for tonight over the top.

TJ said...

I wanted a re-enactment of the diner scene in Blues Brothers, with Obama as Matt "Guitar" Murphy.

TJ said...

Just repeat what they say...rinse, lather, repeat...

rob said...

the chief justice struggled a bit there.

Mark said...

TJ...in honor of today's events I suggest you look up YOUR boy Young Jeezy's "My President". Its appropriate for today, and its fucking (unintentionally) hilarious. It might it even cheer Geoff up.

TJ said...

Here is that masterpiece:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffh9xDf2S9c

Geoff said...

Is it the knee jerk republican bitterness talking...or is this speech flatter than Kate Hudson?

Mark said...

No, you're right Geoff. He hasn't stumbled over his own words once. So...disappointing.

Geoff said...

We're making Bush oratorial brilliance the standard for Obama? Gotchya.

Geoff said...

I've consistently been impressed by his speeches, like the rest of the world, but that one may have had unrealistic expectations.

TJ said...

I was kinda hoping for Otter's "point of parliamentary procedure" speech from Animal House.

rob said...

eye of the beholder, geoff. he's maybe given better speeches, but that one was strong to quite strong. hard to get a sense of connection with the crowd because of the distance, but that was the pragmatic call to sacrifice and action i expected.

Geoff said...

Agree--strong on content, tough crowd situation...

TJ said...

Yikes, this gentleman seems verrrry old...

TJ said...

OK, excellent Seussian finish by the 100 yr old Reverend.

Geoff said...

Did he just say "when white does what's right?". He didn't really...

TJ said...

Um, I had missed that, but the wife just confirmed he did indeed say that.

rob said...

what else are you going to rhyme with white in that sentence? 'when white stays up all night'? 'when white is tight'?

TJ said...

When white plays with Lite Brite?

Geoff said...

Rob...are you prepared to start doing what is right...whitey?

rob said...

guess i gotta start at some point.

rob said...

the makers of mello yello are pretty pleased now, too. if they still make that stuff.

Geoff said...

In honor of that clsoing prayer, I'm enjoying some "crackers."

TJ said...

Honk(y) if you're horny.

Geoff said...

Nice move by Cheney to come dressed as Mr. Potter from Its a Wonderful Life...

zoltan said...

I liked it when Obama gave big ups to the non-believers.

Like Young Jeezy, my president is black. But I don't have a blue Lambo with matching rims. My car is, however, made by a Volkswagen subsidiary just like Jeezy's Lamborghini, and it has silver paint and silver rims, so I guess we are similarly situated both vehicularly and representationally.

I'm really disappointed that Nas felt the need to mention his rims.

rob said...

bingo. if you're into symbolism, the comparison between obama's youth and vigor and cheney's decrepit dessication is a doozy.

Mark said...

Also disappointing in Nas' rim reference was his "22 inch rims like Hulk Hogan's arms".

C'mon Nas, everybody knows that the Hulkster had 24 inch pythons.

TJ said...

Am throwing on the Black Knight right now as pre-ball filler...

Jerry said...

I'm just impressed that Fox has the guts to show 2 episodes of American Idol in one day.

rob said...

teejay, you'll be happy to know that twitter is imploding under the weight of the inauguration and the collapses of senators byrd and kennedy.

rob said...

appears that kennedy and byrd are okay. obama really should have had someone else taste his food.

rob said...

because we're sticklers for accuracy here, rev. lowery actually said the following:

"when white will embrace what is right"

i take that to mean hugs for republicans, but that's just me.

mayhugh said...

Additional programming alert - Lost Season 5 kicks into gear tomorrow night. Get excited.

TJ said...

The tux is on...I think the Yankees cuff links are a nice touch. God help the douche who mentions Luis Gonzalez to me.

TJ said...

Phase 1...have arrived at National Airport and parked car. Await metro train into the madness. Balmy outside.

TJ said...

First bolo tie sighting of the night...on yellow line.

Mark said...

I had no idea TJ was going through with the liveblog...nice.

rob said...

luis gonzalez - that guy's a true american hero.

TJ said...

Gallery Place is a fucking debacle.

TJ said...

Good job DC Metro...every escalator is broken.

TJ said...

Updates on hiatus as rob and I debate creative control of evening recap...

Lisa Salters just walked by me. She is tiny. And has a huge ass.

rob said...

the suspense is building.

TJ said...

We have made it to the locale...and not knowing if this was the right door, I actually just turned to the wife and said "Let's follow those blind folks in front of us."

And guess what? The blind folks knew where to go. Daredevil would be proud.

rob said...

daredevil reference! nice. how about a picture of the teejays in their on the town getups?

Mark said...

Lisa Salters...thick in the britches. Pam Oliver is proud.

TJ said...

Was just poured a vodka with a splash of tonic...I've found my bartender for the night.

rob said...

espn whacked kyle whelliston because he was mildly, mildly critical of the wwl in a piece earlier this week (among other reasons). pour some vodka out for him, teej.

Mark said...

I'm not as obsessed/dedicated to the mid-major beat as Rob but I thought Whelliston was good. Don't bite the hand that feeds you, I guess.

TJ said...

Bolo tie count...three.

TJ said...

It's like an episode of Friends here...

Mark said...

Because there's so many white people? Or there's an indie coffee house downstairs?

TJ said...

OK, cowboy hats are creeping up on bolo ties in the fashion dept...

Whitney said...

Answer Mark, dammit. Still not getting the "episode of Friends" reference. Is it because Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc are there? Is it because as time goes by it gets worse and worse, going from highly enjoyable to terrible and predictable? Is it because there's a guy behind the counter named Gunther? Gotta know...

TJ said...

Whit, there are very few black people here. Does that help?

TJ said...

You know, I'm not sure Jay-Z and Rihanna are appealing to the over 40 crowd...oh wait I'm sure this Dee-lite will help.

Mark said...

Dig!

TJ said...

Kudos to the DJ playing "Award Tour" at 10:30...

rob said...

zona loves some tribe. any cardinals nonsense happening there, teej?

TJ said...

My bartender has demanded to know why I switched to another bar...and now refuses to party with me.

rob said...

teejay, you need to get on facebook just to see mark's new picture.

rob said...

barack obama is single-handedly demolishing the 'all black guys are great dancers' stereotype.

TJ said...

It's so kind of the planners to have us wear rubber wrist bands and serve me liquor drinks in a plastic cup. It's inauguration meets spring break, minus the warm temps and floozies. Actually, just minus the warm temps.

TJ said...

Better "Jacob's Ladder": the Huey Lewis tune or the creepy Tim Robbins film?

Discuss.

Rhymenocerous said...

If the topic was "How much can Michelle Obama bench press?" what would your response be?

Discuss (after you're done discussing Jacob's Ladder, of course).