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Aretha Franklin, Itzhak Perlman to Rock Obama Inauguration

Posted By LolaDub on Dec 18, 2008 at 10:06AM

Aretha Franklin is slated to sing at Barack Obama's inaugural swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20.

Franklin, 66, will be joined at the ceremony by Dr. Rick Warren, an evangelical minister and author of the best-seller The Purpose Driven Life. Warren will give the invocation.

Obama has also selected classical violinist Itzhak Perlman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who will perform a new piece of music composed by John Williams.

The inaugural program is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on the West Front of the Capitol. The United States Marine Band and the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus will open the festivities.

Details of the inaugural program were announced Wednesday by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein.
– Brian Orloff http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20247614,00.html

Barack Obama Named Time's Person of the Year

Posted By LolaDub on Dec 17, 2008 at 7:57AM

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Sorry, Oprah, Michael Phelps and David Cook, but Time's Person of the Year is Barack Obama, the magazine's managing editor, Rick Stengel, announced on Wednesday's Today show.

"He hit the American scene like a thunderclap, upended our politics, shattered decades of conventional wisdom and overcame centuries of the social pecking order," Time reports in its cover story.

The president-elect, which was, by most predictions, the likeliest candidate for the publication's yearly honor, was singled out for being a "transformational figure" in a transformational year, Stengel said on Today. He added that the two other possibilities for the distinction were the American voter or the economy.

Five others spotlighted by Time for their accomplishments in 2008 were, in order: Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin ("who either alienated or united people," said Stengel) and Zhang Yimou, who directed the opening ceremony of summer's Beijing Olympics.


Video* Barack Obama on You Tube LIVE

Posted By PinkNC on Nov 21, 2008 at 10:32AM

Barack Obama on You Tube Live........Ok, not really :) But I thought this guy was fun to watch this morning anyway.

Video* The Rachel Maddow Show ^ The ‘first granny in the White House would be good for America’

Posted By PinkNC on Nov 21, 2008 at 10:16AM

The Rachel Maddow Show

The ‘first granny in the White House would be good for America’


GQ Names Barack Obama "Man Of The Year" With Ted Kennedy-Written Tribute

Posted By Woop on Nov 17, 2008 at 9:08AM

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | November 17, 2008 08:15 AM

GQ has named Barack Obama one if its "Men of the Year" with a cover and article — penned by Senator Ted Kennedy — that went to press before Election Day.


GQ named Obama "Game Changer of the Year," and an excerpt of Kennedy's piece appears below:

As I write this, Barack Obama and John McCain have just completed their final debate, and the country is a few short days away from a historic election. Of course, I'm doing all that I can for my candidate. But whether he wins or loses, Barack Obama has ushered in a new era of American politics with a limitless vision of a better future that will endure for many years to come. Through his candidacy, Obama has provided a glimpse of a stronger, better, fairer America, where change comes from the bottom up, where we all come together to meet the great challenges of our time. He has inspired millions of new voters of all ages, races, and incomes to lend their voices for real change. For in this man, Americans can see not just the audacity but the possibility of hope for the country that is yet to be....

That is what I saw when I enlisted in his campaign. I saw new hope for a way out of the economic wilderness and for a just and fair prosperity that rewards the many and not the few. New hope that this nation will at last lead the world to turn the tide of global warming and turn aside from an energy future that threatens the future itself. New hope that we will teach all our children well. New hope--and this is the cause of my life--that we will guarantee for every American quality affordable health care as a fundamental right and not as a privilege. New hope--and this is the great cause of America itself--that we shall overcome once and for all the setting of race against race, gender against gender, ethnic group against ethnic group, and straight against gay.

Win or lose, with the Obama candidacy the torch has been passed, and I hope I made a difference.

Kennedy's full article about Obama here: http://men.style.com/gq/blogs/gqeditors/2008/11/game-changer-of.html

The cover shot, which appears below, was taken by Mark Seliger in Philadelphia on October 3. The photographer was only given 1 minute, 45 seconds for the entire shoot:

This inside black and white shot was taken by Seliger at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 2:


Video* Secrets of the White House. Surprises for the Obama family.

Posted By PinkNC on Nov 10, 2008 at 4:33PM

Edward Norton's Obama Documentary To Air On HBO

Posted By LolaDub on Nov 10, 2008 at 8:28AM

Edward Norton is just one of the many Americans pleased with the outcome of the election. Especially because he produced a documentary on Barack Obama, which was only to air if he got elected.

Well, it looks like Barack and Norton both got their wish. The documentary shadows Obama during his two-and-a-half year presidential campaign.

Norton says of the piece and of our soon-to-be president: “Senator Obama’s history-making race for the White House has given our film a perfect framework to explore the pulse of the country at this vital moment in our history. We believe this film will capture a tipping point in American history when a new generation of leadership emerged and old prejudices were finally vaulted over.”

Will Obama be Time Magazine's Person of the Year

Posted By LolaDub on Nov 10, 2008 at 8:27AM

Each year when the editors over at Time magazine decide on who they'll name as their "Person of the Year," speculation goes into a frenzy. Not this year.

Everyone (us included) are pretty confident that we'll be seeing President elect Barack Obama gracing that all important cover for 2008.

However, Time managing editor Richard Stengel is still planning to host a panel this week to vote and decide on who might get the coveted spot.

Hoping to trick people into thinking it might be some other mystery person, an insider at the magazine said, "You'll notice that we've tried to be very creative with our Person of the Year choices in recent years." While that may be true, we still have our money on Obama.

Video* An American Family -- The Obamas

Posted By PinkNC on Nov 8, 2008 at 7:08PM

Video* President Obama Buys Flowers For Michelle

Posted By PinkNC on Nov 8, 2008 at 7:06PM