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Inaugural Platform Used NI Lumber

It may not have grabbed the limelight with the same pizzazz as the rest of the hoopla at the 56th quadrennial inauguration, but Riley Creek Lumber Company’s logo received worldwide visibility shortly before Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. A photograph and slideshow of the construction of the inauguration platform displaying stacks of lumber draped with Riley Creek’s distinctive emblem on its white-and-blue bagging at the west steps of the U.S. Capitol was viewed by hundreds of thousands of Internet users/R.J. Cohn, More here.

APhoto Of The Day — 1/21/09

 President Barack Obama gets caught in first lady Michelle Obama’s dress train as they dance at the Commander in Chief Ball at the National Building Museum in Washington Tuesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Obama’s first misstep as president — Cabbage Boy.
  • 2. Obama is relieved to know that the dress wasn’t blue…and belonged to his wife…so when the dress hangs in his presidential library it’ll be a shoe print, not a goo print, that distinguishes it from all others — Aliasjax.
  • 2. Michelle, you know as well as I do that DFO won’t select any winners for his AP photo cutline contest” — Nic.
  • HM: Sisyphus

‘Idol’ Outdraws Inauguration

Early numbers for the inauguration of Barack Obama are impressive but, perhaps surprisingly, could come in below those for Ronald Reagan‘s first term in 1981. Preliminary Nielsen estimates show that 29.2% of U.S. households were watching the presidential inauguration — easily the largest in decades but below the 37.4 household rating for Reagan. … In primetime, Fox’s “American Idol” scored the biggest numbers Tuesday, as people seemed to tire of inaugural coverage/Variety. More here.

Question: What does this say about our country — that a weekly showing “American Idol” can trump a historic inauguration? 

Packed Like Sardines For Inauguration

 Kate StormoGipson, 24 of Coeur d Alene, climbed the tree to see if there was any movement at the front of the long line trying to get through the barricades and witness Barack Obama’s inauguration. (Photo/Justin StormoGipson)

The crowds are huge. We are packed tightly against each other. People trying to cross through what might be the line squeeze through miserably. There is no, zero, crowd control; all the thought seems to have gone into controlling the crowds inside the barricades around the mall. There is absolutely no one to organize the crowds on our side. The question/comment goes through the crowd frequently: Do you all have purple tickets? Everyone does. It defies logic that they would issue too many tickets for the area we’re ticketed for, so we continue on the faith that this line will move and they’ll start getting us in/Inaugaral Afoot (four Sandpointers on foot for the inaugaration). More here.

Question: What will you remember most about the inauguration?

Legoland Celebrates Obama’s Coming

 Model builder Gary McIntire puts the finishing touches on a Lego presidential inauguration scene at Legoland California in Carlsbad, Calif. The scene was built to celebrate President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

Question: Do you have Legos in your house?

Inauguration Day Wild Card — 1/20/09

It has been quite a day. A historic day. A day of new beginnings. Barack H. Obama’s inauguration, of course, dominated the news. But there were other things going on, too. U.S. Sens. Ted Kennedy was forced by illness to leave inaugural luncheon here. The U.S. Senate confirmed 6 members of Obama’s Cabinet Tuesday here. Wall Street gave Obama the coldest welcome in inauguration history by tumbling 332 points here. Meanwhile, thousands were shut out of the historic festivities, despite holding tickets and waiting hours here. And it’s time to replay the Wild Card …

Parting Shot — 1/20/09

Former President George W. Bush, left, salutes and his wife, Laura, waves as they depart Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SR Today In Photos: Obama Inauguration

TUBOB: Winauguration!

What I mean by remarkable is following the swearing in, Obama will begin glowing a sapphire blue with a ruby tinged aura and laser beams will shoot out of his eyeballs, except they won’t be death rays they will be happy golden loverays infused with silvery motes of mica flakes dancing in the happy beams and as he scans the crowd and his happy eye beams touch each and every one of us, even those of us watching at home, because he will also glance at the tv cams, we will instantly become better persons, persons willing to stop bitching about everything and roll up our sleeves and do something to make the country better, to restore and repair the damage our 8 years of complicity to the snarling hell dogs unleashed by the prior president who will now remain nameless befitting his soulless status/TUBOB. More here.

Question: Have we entered the new millennial with Barack H. Obama spreading love and benevolence throughout the country and world, as TUBOB contends? Or the Great Tribulation, as some Obamaphobes might maintain?

We All Love A Parade — Right?

President Barack Obama walks down Pennsylvania Avenue with his wife Michelle Obama on their way to the White House in Washington this afternoon. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

CDA Residents Attend Inauguration

 At the inauguration (courtesy of Justin StormoGipson), Coeur d Alene residents in attendance include (from left): Steve and Bev Moss, Maj and Justin StormoGipson, and Susan and Charlie Nipp. Charlie, of course, is the local boy who helped develop our Ironwood medical center and recently served as chairman for the Lake City Development Corp. Wife Susan is famous for the creating the Wee Sing series and as a co-author of the Mudgy & Millie children’s book. Which raises the question: What are a coupla well-heeled CDA residents like the Nipps doing hanging out at the Obama inauguration? Aren’t all of Lake City’s wealthy people Republicans?

Kos: Roberts Goofed, Not Obama

Chief Justice John Roberts is a man who has made very few public missteps in his life — but he appears to have made one when swearing in Barack Obama. Roberts slightly flubbed the oath, which then tripped up Obama. The oath is contained in the Constitution: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” But when Roberts swore in Obama, he flipped some of the words, saying: “I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully”/Daily Kos. More here.

DFO: Hey, it’s a new age. Daily Kos, as the go-to blog of the Left, should have face time here. Having said that, I’ll let you click on the link to discover the headline that Kos used. Which you won’t see in a headline at Huckleberries Online.

APhoto of the Day — 1/20/09

 Billy Johnson, far left, of Charlotte, N.C., photographs General Mealer, right, with his grandsons Daryll Mealer, 7, second from left, and Jason Mealer, 6, with a cardboard cutout of President-elect Barack Obama on the National Mall in Washington Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

KREM2 Poll: Obama ‘Overhyped’

Early results in a survey indicate nearly 60 percent of readers and viewers believe President elect Barack Obama is ‘overhyped.’ Those respondents - 62.07% - indicated they are not excited about Obama as president. After that 20.69% respondents said they are excited about Obama while 17.24% said they are indifferent/KREM2. More here.

DFO: Do you agree with these early results?

MichelleO Styles In Isabel Toledo

First lady Michelle Obama wore a sparkling yellow-gold sheath dress with matching coat by Cuban-born American designer Isabel Toledo for the inauguration of her husband, a choice many applauded as a cheerful message of hope and a vote for the American fashion industry. She paired the embellished ensemble with green gloves from J. Crew and green shoes. President Barack Obama wore a red tie and white shirt with his suit, topped with an overcoat adorned with an American flag pin. Their daughters were style icons in their own right, with 10-year-old Malia in a double-breasted periwinkle-blue coat with a blue-ribbon bow at the waist, and Sasha, 7, in a pink coat with orange scarf and satin belt, a coral-colored dress peeking out at the hem. Their coats were from Crewcuts by J. Crew/AP. More here.

Question: What did you think of the new First Lady’s outfit at the inauguration?

Obama Becomes President

 Barack Obama, second right, joined by his wife Michelle, far left, and daughters Sasha, second left, and Malia, not shown, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington today. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

DFO: Let’s have a conversation about today’s historic events under this posting.

Inauguration: Changing Of The Guard

President Bush, right, walks out with President-elect Barack Obama, on the North Portico of the White House before sharing the presidential limousine enroute to Capitol Hill for inauguration in Washington this morning. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Poll: Inauguration Feelings

How are you feeling about today’s inauguration?/SeattlePI

  1.  Hopeful/optimistic
  2. Nervous/jittery/anxious/worried
  3. Excited
  4. Cautious
  5. Impatient
  6. Happy
  7. Sad
  8. Scared
  9. Patriotic
  10. None of the above


MikeK: This Land Made For You & Me

All I could think of this morning was Woody Guthrie. The last two stanzas of his American classic are:

“As I was walkin’ - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin’
But on the other side …. it didn’t say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!

“In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office - I see my people
And some are grumblin’ and some are wonderin’
If this land’s still made for you and me.”

Today, Woody, you can rest peacefully because this land is still made for you and me/MikeK.

Wild Card/Monday — 1/19/09

At Keokee Co. Publishing in Sandpoint, the staff is combining efforts to post their insights into Barack Obama’s inauguration with this new blog, Inaugural Afoot, here. Meanwhile, ThomG will be all atwitter with his Twitter feeds Tuesday (if he can get the signal out). The Wayward Episcopalian will be posting his thoughts in D.C., too. And Justin StormoGipson has been sending Huckleberries photos, like the one above. Finally, Video Journal colleague Colin Mulvany provides a poignant video of the Cheney High student who died in a car crash here. I’m off today, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. But I’ll be ready to moderate the discussion re: the inauguration in the North Idaho blogosphere Tuesday. Now, for your first Wild Card of the week …

Dogwalk Musings: New Beginnings

President-elect Barack Obama speaks at the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural concert in Washington Sunday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

It’s a new beginning for the country. We have matured to where we’ve elected a man for his qualities without qualification. How wonderful is that? At times I wonder if we elected him more for the man he would seem to be than for his policies. Quite probably. Next week the hype will begin to subside. The pundits will ratchet back up and start picking apart everything Obama. The realities happening around the world will again make the headlines. For now, though, it’s a time for the celebration of new beginnings. No matter what may lie ahead, I’m going to take the week and rejoice in the fact that this infant of a nation, which has been crawling for years, has taken a huge first step/Dogwalk Musings. More here.

Question: Are you filled with hope or despair as America stands on the doorstep of the historic inauguration of Barack Obama?

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