President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address

January 20th, 2009

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans. read more »

The Obamatini (aka, Chocolate Hawaiian Martini)

January 19th, 2009

Tomorrow is Obama's first day as President of the United States. It's the end of a bad era and the beginning of New Hope. To honor that, we'll be gathering with friends and watching the Inauguration saved via Tivo whilst sipping tasty drinks. I've created a new martini just for the occasion.

The Obamatini:

  • 2 oz Coconut Rum - Malibu or similar is fine.
  • 1 1/2 oz Pineapple Rum
  • 1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liquor - no substitute here. The Godiva gives the drink the creamy texture and color.
  • 1 oz Creme de Cacao - I cut the Godiva with this to save on the cost a bit without losing the chocolate flavor.
  • Powdered Cocoa - Swiss Miss works nicely. :)

Shake all the liquors with ice in a shaker until it sweats and strain into martini glasses. Garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder and a Kit Kat stir stick. (A spear of maraschino cherries would do nicely as well.)

The inspiration for this martini comes from Obama's Hawaiian heritage. Adding chocolate tastes good with the tropical flavors and is an obvious choice for a drink named after our first black President. Careful when drinking these, it tastes like a chocolate piña colada and sneaks up on you quickly.

On that note -- good riddance, Bush! Your time is nigh.

Obama Wins!

November 5th, 2008

I'm so happy. In fact a big-ass grin on my face ever since the victory champagne last night. :)

After the last election, it was hard to understand the level of general ignorance that seemed to have prevailed in America. Last night would have confirmed that we'd gone nowhere if McCain had won. But boy, was that shot down. Obama won not by a little, but by a landslide. Proving that there is in fact hope that a change for the better can come our way and not all of us are Nascar fans. Guess I won't have to move to Mexico after all. :)

And I'm so happy that:

  • there'll be no more political slam ads clogging the airwaves!
  • I don't have to listen to McCain's whiny, nasally voice anymore, (except on SNL).
  • there's no chance of Palin in the White House -- which is a truly frightening thought.
  • the majority of America turned out to vote in record numbers and proved that intelligence can win out over the ignorant mass.
  • No More Bush!

Obama's Acceptance Speech preserved for prosperity after the jump... read more »

It's official, Obama announces his democratic ticket at the Excel Center.

June 3rd, 2008

I think unless you are completely ignorant and/or a masochist, we're all ready for "the change" in America. The end of monkey/president comparisons and ridiculous military campaigning has more than run it's course (by more than 4 years). Personally, I've ridden the fence between Hillary and Barack thinking that they're both excellent candidates with strong qualities to each. But mostly I'm eager to see a liberal approach open the White House windows and air the damn place out.

From Barack Obama tonight:

...tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another — a journey that will bring a new and better day to America. Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

It certainly will be interesting to find out how the next few weeks will compare. My hope is that Obama does indeed select Clinton as his running mate and we get the best of both worlds.

Now -- who else is gonna plaster their car with Obama support stickers for the Republican Convention this fall?