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Barack is in the House! Open Thread

A hopelessly short diary to celebrate having your President over at my place today. I’d write more, but I’ve been busy. Just see how many chairs I had to put out.

As you would expect, the speech was dignified, resonant and (as the Lady Speaker of the House of Lords said in her closing speech) added ‘poetry’ to politics, in the way that very few other statesmen can

If you listen to the speech, you’ll see it covers an awesome sweep of history, both with lightness of touch and gravitas. The infusion of Obama’s background, sensibility, his appreciation of the global aspect of civil rights, gives this a depth that no previous President has touched when it comes to foreign affairs and transatlantic relations.

Centuries ago, when kings, emperors, and warlords reigned over much of the world, it was the English who first spelled out the rights and liberties of man in the Magna Carta.  It was here, in this very hall, where the rule of law first developed, courts were established, disputes were settled, and citizens came to petition their leaders.

Over time, the people of this nation waged a long and sometimes bloody struggle to expand and secure their freedom from the crown.  Propelled by the ideals of the Enlightenment, they would ultimately forge an English Bill of Rights, and invest the power to govern in an elected parliament that’s gathered here today.

What began on this island would inspire millions throughout the continent of Europe and across the world.  But perhaps no one drew greater inspiration from these notions of freedom than your rabble-rousing colonists on the other side of the Atlantic.  As Winston Churchill said, the “…Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and English common law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.”

I was particularly impressed by the connections he made between the origin of the Bill or Rights and the rule of law, and the way these same clamour for these values  were now being heard in in the Middle East.

I also loved his remark, towards the end, about his grandfather working as a cook for the British army, and the way both countries had welcomed and rewarded migration and mobility

My only regret?

Shame the the Birthers weren’t right. Had they been, Obama would have been British by his birth, and we could have him as our Prime Minister.

A tweet from the host of Channel 4 News

C4News poll 8 yrs ago found 22% of Brits had confidence in George Bush: Today we find 72% have confidence Barak Obama: surprise, surprise!!

Anyway, he made me proud of our long relationship as Brits and Americans, and grateful to be so welcomed so often on this blog.

Cheers Moosers. Love to you all.  


  1. HappyinVT

    jokes during the speech, too.

    I’ve been slammed at work, too, so I’m glad someone posted this.

  2. HappyinVT

    Obama’s wholehearted enjoyment has even led some marketing experts to suggest that Guinness cancel its advertising spending for the remainder of the year, noting that the single drink could be a multi-million dollar boon to the company, according to the Irish Independent. The president genuinely enjoyed all aspects of the Guinness pour, even joking with the bartender at Ollie Hayes’s pub: “You tell me when it’s properly settled, I don’t want to mess this up.”

    The brewer hand-delivered a special keg of Guinness to Moneygall specifically for the First Couple’s tasting delight. And the deliveryman? Guinness’s master brewer, Fergal Murray, who ensured the pint would be pulled to perfection.

    Guinness is heartily hawking the fact that Obama swilled his pint till the last drop. That’s because former presidents who’ve visited Ireland provided nary an endorsement to the famed Irish brewhouse. Bill Clinton only got through half his pint. George W. Bush drinks exclusively non-alcoholic beer. And Ronald Reagan, he opted for Smithwick’s.

    Read more:

  3. Shaun Appleby

    Congressional Republicans suicide pact remains intact with a Senate vote along party lines on “Ryan’s curse:”

    The GOP continued its bloody walk into the Medicare buzzsaw Wednesday, when 40 out of 47 Senate Republicans voted in support of the House GOP budget, and its plan to phase out and privatize the popular entitlement program.

    The test vote failed by a vote of 57-40. But the roll call illustrates that Medicare privatization — along with deep cuts to Medicaid and other social services — remains the consensus position of the GOP despite the growing political backlash against them.

    Voting with all of the Democrats against debating the plan were Sens. Scott Brown (R-MA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) — both 2012 incumbents — along with Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Rand Paul (R-KY) voted against it because it wasn’t radical enough.

    Brian Beutler – Senate Republicans Vote Overwhelmingly To End Medicare TPM 25 May 11

    In whatever parallel universe that makes sense I’m guessing Schrödinger’s cat is dead.

  4. spacemanspiff

    The Tea Party politician is reportedly furious at the 20-year-old’s new relationship with Disney’s Kyle Massey, who she met on Dancing with the Stars last year.

    Why she says she’s mad.

    A source told the magazine: ‘Sarah is furious at Bristol for going so quickly from man to man.

    ‘She is doing her best to prevent Bristol’s new relationship from being featured in the reality show.’

    Kyle, 19, told a reporter he only keeps in touch with Bristol ‘every now and then’ as the couple are trying to keep their burgeoning romance a secret.

    Mrs Palin’s attempts to meddle are said to have infuriated her daughter. The insider said: ‘Bristol told Sarah: “Back off and let me lead my own life!” She doesn’t agree with her mom’s politics or her controlling ways.

    Why I really think she’s mad.




  5. Strummerson

    I’d like to apologize for our President’s outrageous disrespect of the UK’s national anthem while sucking up to Peter’s lovely little gran who oddly looks so much like the Queen (but don’t all little old English ladies?):

  6. fogiv

    A Wisconsin judge on Thursday voided a controversial Republican-backed law restricting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions.

    Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi said Republican lawmakers violated the state’s open meetings law in rushing the legislation through during massive protests at the state Capitol earlier this year.

    The Wisconsin proposal, championed by Republican Governor Scott Walker, eliminates most collective bargaining rights for public sector unions and requires them to pay more for pensions and health coverage.

    The law has been on hold pending the legal challenge.

    Mike Tate, chairman of the state’s Democratic Party which opposed the measure, hailed the ruling and said: “It should be looked at as an opportunity to work together to find common sense solutions to grow our economy and get our fiscal house in order, not to tear our state apart.”

  7. HappyinVT

    Not only did Dems pick up the NY-26 seat, we (they for those for whom it fits) won the mayoral race in Jacksonville freakin’ FL (first time in forever and I believe he’s…shhhh…black) and we won a special election in the NH House (WMUR called it a “huge upset”) but now

    Alabama State Rep. Daniel Boman, who entered the legislature as a Republican in November, is switching parties to become a Democrat after he says the GOP went too far in attacking teachers in the state.


    “During this current session I have seen this legislative body pass bills that I feel adversely affect what my people back home want, need, and deserve. … I will never choose the Party over the people again,” he said.


  8. HappyinVT

    OMG. Sarah Palin is running for president. Well, it’s not official. And unconfirmed. And, perhaps, maybe she isn’t.


    It may well be that the former half-term governor/unsuccessful vice-presidential candidate is indeed heading toward a dive into presidential waters. But there’s another possible explanation: as 2012 approaches, a presidential tease requires more, uh, leg.


    If Palin decides not to run, she will not remain a star of the show. She will indeed possess influence, for presumably a Palin endorsement (or anti-endorsement) will have an impact within the ranks of GOP primary voters. But as long as she is a possible candidate, she can command a tremendous amount of attention. Yet at this stage, being a credible possible candidate actually requires her to take certain steps.

    So all these actions fanning “speculation” that she might be preparing to stride into the race can also be viewed as actions necessary to maintain her possible-candidate status-which is worth preserving, even if Palin already knows she’s not going to make good on the tease. Which means the Palin guessing game is still just that: a guessing game.…  

    Governing is too hard for her but she has to wave her hands in the air and do something to be noticed so those bucks keep rolling in.

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