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Tue Jun 14, 2011 at 05:26 PM PDT

The Bachmann Cometh

by Zain

On my walk home tonight I found my self thinking about Mitt Romney, as I do from time to time, and I found myself laughing. The laughter was a result of thinking about Willard standing next to president Obama in the debates next year. Were Republicans to nominate him those debates would be a rerun of Kerry/Bush, in that you have a president who the populace generally like and “want to have a beer with” next to a man so wooden that he makes Keanu Reeves look like Marlon Brando.

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Jeffery Goldberg at the Atlantic knows Imam Rauf, is sure Imam Rauf is not an extremist and today he proves it.

Per Goldberg:

In 2003, Imam Rauf was invited to speak at a memorial service for Daniel Pearl, the journalist murdered by Islamist terrorists in Pakistan. The service was held at B'nai Jeshurun, a prominent synagogue in Manhattan, and in the audience was Judea Pearl, Daniel Pearl's father. In his remarks, Rauf identified absolutely with Pearl, and identified himself absolutely with the ethical tradition of Judaism. "I am a Jew," he said.

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After an emotionally draining day, here is what the World has made of what America has accomplished.

He said today:

And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: Know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Look what you did.

First up Britain.



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Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 04:31 PM PST

What are you listening to this evening?

by Zain

In my diary yesterday i described my fragile emotional state and how everything Obama and Inauguration related was making me extremely weepy. So tonight i thought i would spend the evening listening to some music and thinking on what is about to take place, and spend time thinking about all that we have been through, all that has preceded these last eight years.

So what is on Everyones playlist tonight? check out what im listening to after the Jump.

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Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 05:29 PM PST

From The Mouths Of Babes.

by Zain

Tell me if this sounds ridiculous, really tell me if it does. For the last four days or so my emotional state has been teetering firmly on the edge. I know this sounds stupid, but i find myself constantly on the verge of tears.

Every time i turn on the news, open the paper or surf the net and come across anything related to Obama or the Inauguration i find my self welling up. Tonight i was watching a program on which they where discussing Dreams of My Father, in its new context of not just an autobiography but, as of Tuesday, an historical document of the upmost importance, i found myself shivering and not from the cold.

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Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 08:59 PM PST

Four More Days.

by Zain

Midnight January 16th 2009.

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Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 05:55 AM PST

Time Person Of The Year: Barack Obama.

by Zain


The president-elect is chosen as TIME's 2008 Person of the Year.

Its been quite a year for him has it not?

[update] (I think the subtitle for this diary, having read some of the comments, should be: CHEER UP KOSSACKS! you just elected the first Black leader of a G8 nation. What you and he did this year should truly make you feel happy this christmas, this year we have something to be hopeful about.)

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This promises to be quite a moment for the world. Of course it was always going to be a moment of great historical import for Americans, but the interview in the Chicago Tribune suggests that there will be great meaning in it for a whole other part of the world.

In his first post-election newspaper interview, with reporters from the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, Obama was asked: “Do you anticipate being sworn in as Barack Obama or Barack Hussein Obama?"

He replied: “I think the tradition is that they use all three names, and I will follow the tradition, not trying to make a statement one way or the other. I'll do what everybody else does.”  

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Obama Unveils National Security Team

That’s a Wrap | 11:35 a.m. As they all walked off stage, Mr. Obama put his arm around Mrs. Clinton and escorted her out while the others tagged along. The entire press conference underscored that, at least for now, Mrs. Clinton is first among equals.

President Elect Introduces Team

Clinton, Gates, Jones, Holder, Rice, Napolitano and Biden

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The Press Conference is done, the new President Elect was assured, witty and authoritative. His posture displayed great confidence and increasingly the gravitas befitting his new position.
Questions ranged from Iran and Economy to Puppies. Beyond the obviously important contents of the questions and answers, it was particularly interesting to see the press reaction. They stood when he entered the room, and according to Ben Smith, none of them used a laptop, opting to look at the new President Elect rather than a screen. Oh and notably missing from called on press? Fox news. If you recall Bush's first press conference after the 04 election, a fox reporter was called on second or third i believe. I hope this is a new precedent from the new President.

Watch the whole thing at


Fox News first question will be?

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Check it out, will update as more countries come in.


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Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 11:40 PM PST


by Zain

Do it for the emancipators

this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.


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