#108. Watch Barack Obama do shtick. And he’s funny, really funny. He spent Saturday night doing a live act at the White House Correspondents’ dinner. There are references to Michelle Obama’s “right to bare arms” after her sleeveless dresses made the UK media gasp, give high praise and spend column inches telling women how to get rid of their chicken wings, Dick Cheney’s new book “How to shoot people and ….” and the warm and fuzzy relationship between him and Hilary Clinton. She came back from Mexico and gave him a very big hug.
#60. Celebrate. The mood is great. Everybody’s talking. We love Barack Obama. In Australia they are saying it’s the realisation of Martin Luther King’s dream. In Kenya tomorrow has been declared a public holiday in honour of Obama’s “Kenyan-ness”.
Obama didn’t forget anyone in his acceptance speech — he was gracious, inspiring, and even made Jesse Jackson cry. Not since Nelson Mandela has the world had such a “leader”. A man who embraces ideals as he speaks, who talks to everyone, who refers not to “I” but to “we” — as in “we, the people”.
And now for the questions this all raises. Where’s the photo of George Bush leaving the White House with his pot plant from the Oval Office and cardboard box filled with love letters to Condi. What breed of puppy with Obama’s kids choose (I have a spare 3-month-old German Shepherd who prefers Business Day to The Times as a morning meal) and who would probably thrive on some international travel. And then there’s that other question. Can it still be called the White House?