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Bye Bye Bush


It’s official: Barack Obama was sworn in today to the office of the President of the United States.

I’m normally a cynic, but even I’m finding it difficult not to be a little idealistic today. Obama has a real gift for oratory and for inspiration, and you could feel the change in the air watching the whole thing.

Sure, expectations for Obama are so high that he has nowhere to go but down. And sure, the US and indeed the world are in messes from which it’s going to take an awfully long time to climb out from.

But the much-maligned, misunderestimated Dubya was perhaps the most hated, divisive president of modern times. Obama’s inauguration today was met with a worldwide sigh of relief, and of optimism for things to come.


Primary Colours


Anyone would be better than Bush, right?

Maybe that low standard is the reason why this year’s field of primary candidates – both Democrat and Republican – seems almost more devoid than ever of anyone worth voting for. It’s not as though I’m naive enough to expect inspiration, integrity or brilliance. I’d just like to see some real choices, for a change. And I certainly don’t envy the choices of our neighbours to the south. Is it just me, or does anyone else feel that Stephen Colbert would have made a better president than any of the “real” candidates currently running? (The Democrats missed a golden opportunity for media coverage on that one…)

Anyway, this is just my time to revive my election pledge from the last election: No election coverage until next September. None, nada, zilch.

That means no daily analysis of the primaries, no odds-making, and no commentary on Hillary Clinton’s hair. (Though if something really out-there happens, I reserve the right to mention it.)

I hope you’ll, once again, find it a better blog because of it.


If only he’d watched more Molson Canadian commercials…


The Canadian blogosphere is abuzz today about Barack Obama’s gaffe: U.S. Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama has been trying to burnish his foreign policy credentials. So it didn’t help when he called Canada’s leader a “president” during a debate Tuesday. Asked what he’d do about the North American trade deal, Obama said it needs changes, […]

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Lame Duck Duck Goose


They just keep flocking to the race to succeed lame-duck Bush. The latest to throw his hat into the ring? Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, rising star in the Democratic party and many people’s Great Black Hope. It’s still early for analysis, but this piece in The Independent has an interesting – if perhaps a bit […]

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And the delusional dumbass of the month award goes to…


Nicholas Roach of Brossard, who writes in a letter published in today’s Gazette: U.S. ambassador David Wilkins is mistaken when he assumes all Canadians would be offended if our prime minister’s name were placed in the same sentence as Kim Jong Il and Osama bin Laden. I believe that it is insulting to put Kim […]

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Syria sees the writing on the wall


Syria wants to talk with the United States: “Syria is ready for dialogue with the United States based on respect and mutual interest,” Mekdad told Reuters in an interview. He said the solution to the crisis lies in an immediate ceasefire brokered by international powers, followed by diplomacy. The United States hasn’t lifted a finger […]

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Candid camera


Everyone’s making a really big deal about the remarks that Bush made at the G8 summit without realizing his microphone was on, and the fact that he *gasp!* swore! Bush replied: “See, the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hizbollah to stop doing this shit and it’s over.” Gee, […]

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Spiralling out of control


This afternoon, while baking in the hot sun waiting to get into Parc Jean-Drapeau to see Bon Jovi, we received a panicked phone call from a friend whose entire family lives in Israel. “They’re attacking Haifa!” She calmed down a bit after speaking to her family and being assured that everyone was safe, but the […]

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More fawning over Castro


Love Castro. Hate Bush. Be popular. At least that seems to be the general idea for one soccer star: Argentine soccer hero Diego Maradona promised Cuban President Fidel Castro on Thursday he would be at the front of an anti-Bush march in Argentina next week. [ . . . ] “I think Bush is a […]

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Gotta love the Onion


There’s nothing better than satire done right. This week’s headline: Bush Nominates First-Trimester Fetus To Supreme Court: WASHINGTON, DC — In a press conference Monday, President Bush named a 72-day-old gestating fetus as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat that opened following the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist. “Already, this experienced and […]

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