From the Department of Awesomesauce:
President Obama's inauguration will be held on the Martin Luther King holiday, January 21st. Think about it, the first African American president will be sworn in for his second term on the Martin Luther King holiday observance:
The 2013 Presidential Inauguration will be held in Washington DC on Monday, January 21, 2013. By law, the President must take his Oath of Office on January 20th before noon. Since the 20th falls on a Sunday, there will be a private ceremony on that date and the public ceremony will be held the following day. A week of festivities will include the Presidential Swearing in Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Inaugural Parade and a night of Inaugural Balls and galas honoring the elected President of the United States.
The sound you'll hear will be many a GOP head exploding. A "blah" president who got re-elected by an enthusiastic electorate by a wide margin; a "blah" president who will serve a second term; a "blah" president who is making history-- again; a "blah" president will be inaugurated on a day that celebrates another remarkable "blah" man.
And all those people who have been dogwhistling and whining and screaming their fool heads off about"blah" "incompetent" Susan Rice and "blah" President Obama will be watching his inauguration come to pass. Again.
I wonder if they'll be planning another Inauguration Night Conspiracy, as they did back in '09.
If only all these angry, scared, small-minded white people who feel so threatened by not-white people could accept and embrace their fellow Americans, we'd have even more to celebrate.
Here's what you see at the top of one of the Whitehouse.gov presidents' pages, specifically Ronald Reagan's:
Now here's what you see at the bottom:
Did you know?
- President Reagan designated Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday; today the Obama Administration honors this tradition, with the First and Second Families participating in service projects on this day.
- In a June 28, 1985 speech Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multi-millionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.
That's right, the Obama White House makes it clear that not only did St. Ronnie fully support Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, he also supported-- dun-dun-dun-n!-- the Buffett Rule!
The preceding fun facts brought to you by the Obama White House.
H/t: @RollingInGraves, Wonkette
Another L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:
King's real message
To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day of service shows that we've forgotten King's true legacy.
King was an activist, not a direct service volunteer. Activism and service are both good ways to help somebody else, but they're not interchangeable. In service, we deal with the results of the system: When our neighbors are hungry, we feed them. In activism, we aim to change the system itself: When our neighbors are hungry, we demand a fairer economic structure.
King protested and led marches; he changed people's minds and put his life on the line. He was the epitome of activism, and he showed that activism achieves great things.
His day should be an official day of activism. Service makes a strong society; activism makes a strong democracy.
It would have been nice to see things calm down, especially after all the recent talk of violence and assassination:
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane office of the FBI confirmed late Tuesday morning that a suspicious package found along the route of the Unity Parade on Monday morning was a credible threat that had the potential to cause "multiple casualties."
On Tuesday morning the FBI released a statement confirming that following the successful disruption of the device by the Explosives Disposal Unit, “preliminary analysis revealed the backpack contained a potentially deadly destructive device, likely capable of inflicting multiple casualties.”
Rachel Maddow is interviewing someone from the Spokane Spokesman-Review about this now. He is referring to this as "in the sphere of domestic terrorism", and that it is certainly linked to the MLK Day celebration. They found a remote control for the device.
I've been posting about Governor Paul LePage (R-Maine) who said that he decided not to go to the state NAACP celebrations for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day because he was otherwise engaged. And by “decided not to go” I mean he responded to his critics by uttering those now-infamous sweet nothings, “Tell them to kiss my butt.”
Some of the other things he said are in this audio:
"My son happens to be black."
And what does that have to do with refusing to attend a NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. event? Nothing.
And exactly which "son" is he referring to? Or maybe a better question would be, when is a son not a son? Answer: When he's exploited by his fake father on Martin Luther King Day.
This declaration drew focus onto LePage's relationship with the young man. And as the Portland Press Herald reports, the young man who LePage called his son -- Devon Raymond Jr. -- isn't technically his son. It remains unclear exactly how close the two are, or were -- or what the exact nature of their relationship is.
They met in Jamaica through Raymond's father, who caddied for LePage during a vacation, said Dan Demeritt, LePage's spokesperson, according to the newspaper. Raymond moved in with the LePage family in 2002.
Raymond is neither a U.S. citizen nor has he been formally adopted by LePage, the Press Herald reports.
Wait, so LePage is referring to a black, non-citizen as his son? And this not-citizen, not-son is living in his house? Where are his papers? His birth certificate?
Gasp! What will the tea party say? Orly, are you taking this down?
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