DAILY BRIEFING  8:49 am January 21, 2009

Jason Wu Is An American Hero

by Sara K. Smith

  • 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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Canmon (the Inadequate) January 21, 2009 at 8:59 am

Obama has already stopped Gitmo proceedings, brought a ceasefire in the Middle East and revived the U.S. garment industry. Not a bad first day.

CankleBiter January 21, 2009 at 9:01 am

I was hoping to wake up this morning to stories of PUMAcide. Drowned in their own bitter tears caused by this inadequate man.

Monsieur Grumpe January 21, 2009 at 9:02 am

I hope Bush’s sad comes from a sudden realization of what a fucking mess he made of everything he’s touched.

Mr Blifil January 21, 2009 at 9:02 am

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.

BarthexDeRosa January 21, 2009 at 9:05 am

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”?

wheelie January 21, 2009 at 9:06 am

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.

ManchuCandidate January 21, 2009 at 9:07 am

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!

ManchuCandidate January 21, 2009 at 9:10 am

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

Serolf Divad January 21, 2009 at 9:15 am

[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.

President Beeblebrox January 21, 2009 at 9:20 am

[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.

Cape Clod January 21, 2009 at 9:21 am

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.

TGY January 21, 2009 at 9:27 am

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.

Terry January 21, 2009 at 9:31 am

Hate to disagree, but I don’t think that Michelle’s dress was all that pretty. It looked like it was made from an old chenile bedspread.

TGY January 21, 2009 at 9:34 am

[re=224388]Terry[/re]: But bumpy chenile is in!

Terry January 21, 2009 at 9:39 am

I had a sadz this morning myself when I saw that Bush’s photo was still hanging in the lobby of the office building. Very sadz.

WadISay January 21, 2009 at 9:47 am

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.

snideinplainsight January 21, 2009 at 9:57 am

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!

ella January 21, 2009 at 10:02 am

Daily fluff: Jason Wu was one of Tim Gunn’s students at Parsons. Tim Gunn is even more in love with Michelle now. If that’s possible.

queeraselvis v 2.0 January 21, 2009 at 10:03 am

I’m sure he’s got a truckload of brush loaded up and ready to transport to his fancy Preston Hollow digs, just in case.

slithytoves January 21, 2009 at 10:05 am

I had a sad for eight years. Free at last!

Canmon (the Inadequate) January 21, 2009 at 10:14 am

Picking an Asian American designer makes up for Re. Lowry telling “yellow” that they need to mellow.

Terry January 21, 2009 at 10:31 am

[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.

CorkPopper January 21, 2009 at 10:35 am

[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.

Jimmyjohn2 January 21, 2009 at 10:38 am

Dubya celebrated his last night in the white house with a good ole Texas family orgy.

“After their final night in the White House, George and Laura Bush woke up surrounded by family, including his parents, former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, along with twin daughters Jenna and Barbara and son-in-law Henry Hager.”

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6222150.html

MMS January 21, 2009 at 10:41 am

Jimmyjohn2: I was sort of picturing George and Laura waking up with the whole family standing around the four post bed.

But, the orgy’s good too.

Truculent January 21, 2009 at 10:50 am

I’m surprised Cheney didn’t order the fighter escort to strafe the crowd in Texas. One last Fuck-You to the little people.

Guppy06 January 21, 2009 at 11:11 am

[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?

donner_froh January 21, 2009 at 11:25 am

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.

S.Luggo January 21, 2009 at 11:43 am

“a town he always despised.”
George, if you don’t give luv, you can’t get luv.

BrownPenance January 21, 2009 at 11:54 am

‘Without bias’ would note that four of those Israeli soldiers were killed by friendly fire.

Lascauxcaveman January 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm

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.

Min January 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm

George Bush had a sad as he left Washington D.C.

He’s pretty damn lucky he didn’t have an indictment.

SayItWithWookies January 21, 2009 at 12:37 pm

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?

maven January 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm

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.

Trace January 21, 2009 at 3:30 pm

[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.

PsycGirl January 21, 2009 at 10:23 pm

It gives me great pleasure to read the words “President Obama”. Please use that in every headline for the rest of 2009.

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