Wednesday, January 21, 2009

How I Spent Jan 20, 2009.

My day started with an early awakening (for a guy out of work) so as to meet with a periodontist to get an implant. (Could there be a better way to start the day?) The appointment was for 8AM and by 9 I was in la-la land. (Unlike lefties, when I sleep, I'm actually unconscious.) Roused at about 10 or so, I had just enough of my wits to understand that everything went better than expected and that the inauguration hadn't yet occurred. I had asked that they keep me under until it was over, and he laughed as if I was only kidding.

Nonetheless, the fetching Mrs. Marshall Art was dutifully waiting outside to chariot me home as I fearfully leaned upon a small nurse who helped me down the steps to the car. From there, I literally bounced in and out of sleepy-ville as my head bounced against the window all the way home. Staggering up the stairs (what a smooth buzz!), I quickly laid myself down and slept until about 5PM. So I managed to miss the swearing in and all, but after eating, I was unable to totally miss out on the drooling syncophants waxing breathlessly about how their lives are now fulfilled and they could die happily knowing they lived long enough to see the annointing of the Annointed One. Though the wife took me to pick up my car from the periodontist, and then a trip to the pharmacy, once I got home and settled in front of the tube, I could not change the channel fast enough but soon found my beloved but woeful Chicago Bulls to watch them lose a third winnable game in a row (they're now behind the Bucks of all things! First the election, now this!) As they again lost in the waning minutes, like the GOP grasping at liberal policies as if their base would follow, I searched for other distractions quickly scanning past more idiots breathlessly trying to explain why they were happy about the election of someone of whom they have absolutely no real knowledge. I finally came to the final hour of the fine Robert Duvall film Broken Trail (truly one of America's all-time great actors). This was followed (on AMC) with the great Magnificent Seven, during which I watched from my computer table, checking out the blogs during the less exciting parts and commercials. Finally, I went to bed.

It is now 9:50AM Chicago time and I still haven't slept. So I'll try for a couple or three hours, get up, clean up, eat dinner and go bowling. Hopefully I can get back on schedule.

BTW, I saved the collectable wrap-around special inaugural bird-cage liner from today's local paper so's I can read the address. As I understand it, within the first moments, Obama made an error such a smart, intelligent savior of the world should not have made. I missed it myself and it's a minor thing, but hey, I'm not the Annointed One. 10,000 points for whoever knows it. No points if you stumbled upon it as I did.


Bubba said...

I bet we're thinking the same thing, about an error I caught immediately.

"Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath."

That's not precisely accurate. As Wikipedia briefly explains, "There have been 43 people sworn into office, and 44 presidencies, due to the fact that Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms and is counted chronologically as both the 22nd and the 24th president."

I haven't seen anyone else note this error, so I wonder how many failed to notice and how many simply thought that this is too small a thing to mention.

I wasn't going to bring it up myself until you did, Marshall, and I do wonder how quickly an error like this would have been noticed by the press if it were made by our 43rd president, rather than the 43rd American to have taken the oath.

Perri Nelson said...

I missed it completely, only having listened to parts of the inauguration and not yet having read a transcript.

As it is, the parts I listened to were typical campaign rhetoric. I don't think he's realized that the election is over yet. Either that, or he's planning on running against President Bush again in 2012.

The White House web site certainly leaves me with that impression. He's still making personal attacks on President Bush, even there.

"President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush"

"Citing the Bush Administration's 'unconscionable ineptitude'"

This is hardly the tone of a sitting executive. He seems rather to still be on the campaign trail, and demonstrates for us all that he has no class.

Anonymous said...

I had asked that they keep me under until it was over, and he laughed as if I was only kidding.

LOL! As an anesthesiologist and a friend, I would have obliged you! I'm a Chicago boy too, but I have not followed the teams as closely as I did during my younger years. I hope that you doing better today.


Mark said...

I boycotted all coverage of the Deification ceremony, so I wouldn't know what mistakes he might have made. I did hear the sound bite of his oath of office and it was totally messed up. The Libs are claiming Justice Roberts screwed it up, but the way I see it, both Obama and Roberts flubbed.

I heard also some soundbites of his speech and he attacked his predecessor and America in his inauguration speech. That's gotta be a first.

Marshall Art said...

Well done, Bubba. As I said, it's a very minor thing and I'm wondering how many history majors missed it as well. But how many of them are Annointed Ones? Can't you just hear it now, though? "If THAT'S the best you can do..."

It's worth just to make 'em say it.

Marshall Art said...


I'm doing good. Just can't chew on the right side for a few weeks. No Doritos and such.

As to the Bullies, it's hard to watch. They just can't get over the hump, and rookie sensation Derrick Rose, an absolute star, gets zero calls as he drives to the hole. Typical. If he suffers in this way all year it'll be a crime. But he's fearless. I just hope he doesn't end up senseless. AS for the team, all vets are off of IR, though Gooden sat out the last, but Nocioni and Gordon are slumping. They combine for 30-40 pts per game. Gordon hit twenty last night, but he was went to the line about 5-6 times by the time it was over. 14-16 pts is not a go-to guy. Yeah, they suck, but they show enough to make one believe it can be worked out soon. If only...

Marty said...

"I haven't seen anyone else note this error, so I wonder how many failed to notice and how many simply thought that this is too small a thing to mention."

I don't know why you haven't seen anyone else note this's been all over the network news. They couldn't jump on it fast enough. Where in the world have you been?

Bubba said...

I'll take your word for it: I've been keeping up more with online coverage than the networks.

Ms.Green said...

I'm with you amd Mark - I specifically avoided watching or listening to the

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