• Michelle and Barack Obama were very tired by the end of last night, what with the dancing and all. Michelle wore a pretty dress by some guy not named “Maria Pinto” or “Oscar de la Renta.” [New York Times]
  • President Obama wasted no time in calling a temporary halt to legal proceedings against Guantanamo detainees — his administration issued the order late yesterday. [Washington Post]
  • Tim Geithner’s confirmation is in no serious peril over his “whoops didn’t pay mah taxes” revelation, because he is literally the only human on the planet who can save our economy. [Wall Street Journal]
  • George Bush had a sad as he left Washington D.C., a town he always despised. [Houston Chronicle]
  • A protest by tenants and activists in a demolition-bound building in Seoul turned deadly as a fire broke out, killing five protesters and a police commando. The South Korean president said this was “heartbreaking.” [Reuters]
  • Israel withdrew the last of its troops from Gaza after a three-week offensive that destroyed 4,000 Gazan homes and killed more than 1,300 Palestinians. Thirteen Israeli soldiers and civilians were also killed during the course of the conflict. (See that, that is reporting the news “without bias.”) [Bloomberg]
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  1. I expect Geithner to receive quite the grilling over tax irregularities. Rich and powerful Congresspersons LOVE drawing attention to how rigidly others adhere to tax requirements.

  2. How does that old saying go? “You don’t realize what you’ve got until you destroy its fundamental values and its citizens dance with glee at the sight of you leaving”?

  3. Yeah the ball gown was nice, much better than the um . . . mustard (?) dress and olive gloves she wore to the Stumbling Over the Oath ceremony.

  4. Unlike a normal hangover, the one US America faces after the, er, joyful, peace and prosperity years of the Bush Admin won’t go away so fast.

    Welcome to the Preznitsee, Barry O!

  5. [re=224375]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]:
    Heh. Good one. Bush never looks back and only goes one way which is twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedum.

  6. [re=224375]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]:

    Alas, Bush’s sad probably comes from the belief that he probably won’t be around in 50 years when historians suddenly realize that he was the greatest president since Jesus.

  7. [re=224383]Serolf Divad[/re]: Or the greatest James Buchanan-like President since, well, James Buchanan. Srsly, the Buchanan:Lincoln::Bush Jr.:Obama analogy is pretty appropriate.

  8. A friend of mine plays with Rodney Atkins and was in Midland to ‘greet’ Bush back to Texas. After the finished playing, he said went back to band’s bus and drank himself insensible.

  9. This from a military guy on the suspension of the detainee trials:

    ‘We welcome our new commander-in-chief and this first step towards restoring the rule of law,” said Army Maj. Jon Jackson, a military defense attorney…’

    If I was feeling benign, my advice to George Bush would be to not read the papers or any news media for, oh, a month or two, or perhaps a decade. Maybe never.

    I, for one, welcome our new honcho-in-chief.

  10. It would be ironic if Bush, now that he’s been exiled to his redneck shithole, is going to try to spend a record number of days per year coming back to Washington to cut brush.

  11. What’s gonna happen to all that land that he cleared of brush? You mean he’s not going to raise a cupple hunnert heada cattle ova theya? Or start a chinchilla ranch or somethin? What a waste of time! This is a charge unkept!

  12. [re=224409]ella[/re]:

    Actually, I’m thinking that Tim might have noticed the resemblance to a chenile bedspread, too. Stuff from Granny’s bedroom is NOT fashion forward.

  13. [re=224388]Terry[/re]: Yeah, I was disappointed in the dress too. I didn’t mind the white but I thought she would go for something sleek and simple, which better suits her fab figure. Instead she was smooshed and fluffy in all the wrong places. But they are still the first family of hotness.

  14. [re=224387]TGY[/re]: “If I was feeling benign, my advice to George Bush would be to not read the papers or any news media for, oh, a month or two, or perhaps a decade. Maybe never.”

    In other words, don’t do anything he doesn’t do already? “Stay the course,” if you will?

  15. AAARGH!

    The Isabelle Toldedo dress and coat were elegant–just the right thing for Michelle and for the occasion–solemn but festive.

    The ball gown my Jason Wu was not the right choice. The cut was strange, even for a ball gown and the material made it look like a granny’s night dress.

  16. Seriously, a girl with a bod like Michelle’s should be wearing something that fits like a coat of paint, a not a bedspread covered with marshmallows.

  17. The chron article starts off badly:
    Just as he had done on every other winter weekday of his presidency, George W. Bush awoke before dawn Tuesday and was in the Oval Office by 6:45 a.m.
    They mean “every other winter weekday that he wasn’t at one of his frequent, frequent vacation locations.” Have these people really been paying attention?

  18. On the dress reviews-

    Did anyone think that the best person for that gig would be Sarah Palin? I would love to read her fashion take on the inaugural balls.

  19. [re=224375]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: Ha! No. He feels no regret and apparently when he looks in the mirror, he sees a hero. What really creeped me out was how many people in Midland, Texas were still totally gay for Bush. I thought everybody, even the stupid and crazy, had admitted that maybe Bush wasn’t God’s gift to conservatives. But nope. Everybody in Crater Wasteland, Texas still love him. And they can have him… well, if they can afford to move to Dallas, too.

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