Before Deke slinks away, she notes that as of the time of this post, we are 33-hrs away from the swearing-in oath of Barack Hussein Obama. The newly elected president's term officially begins at Noon EST on Tuesday, January 20th. To learn more about this inauguration ceremony, guests, balls, and many interesting facts about previous inauguration events, click: Guide to the Inauguration of our 44th President, a multi-page PDF-file.
One factoid Deke read is that during George W. Bush's 2001 inauguration, even though signs & placards had been banned, two people managed to display messages painted on their bodies by ripping off their shirts in the freezing weather. One read "No Mandate" and the other "Hail to the Thief". For his 2004 inaugural, angry protestors cried, "Warmonger" and "Impeach Bush" as they scuffled with 13,000 police and soldiers. These scenes were carefully edited from our network news coverage. Of course!
But to finish her countdown list, since it is now one day until inauguration, here is one final thing Deke is pretty sure she won't have to endure in an Obama administration:
1. DICK CHENEY! Yes, how relieved Deke will be that Dick is no longer on the case. From secret energy meetings to secret 911 testimony, from stove-piping of intelligence to setting up his own little fiefdom of thieves, Cheney made sure the wheels were well-greased for Calamity Dub. His impact was felt far and wide, but nowhere more fouly than in the performance of his cabal members, like Condoleeza Rice (worst NSA and Sec State EVER), Donald Rumsfeld (former Cheney mentor whose offer to resign over Abu Gharib was countered by Cheney's insistence that they "all stand together"), Scooter Libby (traitor), John Ashcroft (Dept of No Justice), David Addington (devising the language of signing statements for "the unitary executive", John Yoo (secret author of the Torture Memo), Alberto Gonzales (whose sole concern was to provide legal cover for the bush/cheney agenda), and Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz and every other PNAC neocon whose agenda for the new century of Forever War was embraced, sanctioned, and promoted by Cheney. This cabal's actions personally enriched their corporate friends while failing in their most basic duty of giving good advice and impartial counsel to their president, thus enabling Dub's feckless gutting of the U.S. Constitution, the very constitution he swore an oath (twice) to protect and defend. Cheney's insistence to this day on a connection between Iraq and 911 reeks of lawyer-client-advice (i.e., never admit guilt). Deke does not like to think about war in phallic terms, but notes that Cheney & Tenet's WMD fixation allowed Dub to ram into the Middle East like a horny teenage boy finally finding a willing partner. Their biggest regret is not "entering" Iran, especially after hearing that she "puts out". So of this last thing Deke is more than pretty sure: neither Dick Cheney nor his undisclosed shadow will be involved in the Obama Administration.
Well, that wraps up the Final Day of Deke's Countdown! It may not have been a complete list, but considering the vast menu available, it made Deke feel better to present a few things she is happy to say goodbye and good riddence to. Now she can truly enjoy the Obama Inauguration. Maybe she can even stop talking in Third Person!
Scroll down for details of Deke's Countdown of things she is pretty sure she won't have to endure in a Obama Administration ... or ... here is the brief summary: The Crawford Ranch; Texas Cowboys; Christmas Barney Cam; Idunt,Dudunt,Cudunt,Wudent; New-Kyoo-Lure; Referring to the U.S. Constituion as a "god damned piece of paper"; Tax Cuts for the Wealthy; Scienceless Science; Non-Alcoholic Drinks; Secret Meetings and Lost Emails; Katrina Excuses; Media Confrontation; Clear Skies,Healthy Forests,Wilderness Protection; Thinking our President wakes up every morning with one goal, "How to fuck up the world today"; Dick Cheney (and his whole cabal)!