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...you know, I was wondering what all that talk about Obama being "President-Elect" was; I'd never heard the term before until I looked it up. Apparently it just means he's not officially in office yet because he hasn't been inaugurated. I'd been thinking it was a dig at how America didn't actually elect its last president. XP

Also, almost harder to wrap one's head around than Obama being president, can anyone quite believe yet that the shining intellects over at the Redubyacan party are... I suppose still technically in office, but ultimately NOT RUNNING THE USA ANY MORE? Obama getting elected seems like even more of a pleasant daydream when you also recall that it means we've finally awoken from the nightmare of Bush.

Seeing Wikipedia links that say For the current president-elect of the United States, see Barack Obama is nice, too.


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Nov. 7th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Apparently it just means he's not officially in office yet because he hasn't been inaugurated. I'd been thinking it was a dig at how America didn't actually elect its last president. XP

XD!!!! Omg, that's hilarious.

But yeah, he becomes President in January, but the folks in office right now already know The Jig Is Up. Theoretically Bush could still do all sorts of damage in the next couple of months, but at least he can't really damage America's reputation anymore, because a) anything he does will look like he's doing it all on his own rather than with the backing of the rest of the country, and b) he can't really make the rest of the world nearly as mad now, because the rest of the world will go "um, you're pretty much done, so we're not going to put too much stock in you."

Nov. 7th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Here's more fun political terminology! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lame_duck_(politics)

It'll be interesting to see what Bush does between now and the inauguration....
Nov. 7th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Probably the same thing when Clinton was a lame duck.

Nov. 7th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
It's much more likely to be the same thing nearly every president - Clinton included - has done as lame duck with an incoming president of the other party, which is using their authority in the executive branch to try to make as many last-minute policy changes that match their agenda as possible. Then Obama's people will spend the beginning of his first term trying to roll these changes back. It's a tradition that goes back to John Adams, although a lot of it's behind the scenes, since it doesn't get Congress involved or anything like that.
Nov. 7th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
You never know! We might get a rash of nonsensical pardons, or something!
Nov. 7th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
Even thought I clicked "attack" to enter this comment, I hope you don't consider it an attack. I'm just commenting:

>>>"I'd been thinking it was a dig at how America didn't actually elect its last president."

Several newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times did an independent verification of the 2000 Florida election. In other words, their reporters counted the actual paper ballots. *According to the rules laid-down by the Florida Legislature*, George W. Bush beat Al Gore by several hundred votes. That means Bush won Florida's electoral ballots, and he is the officially-elected president per the U.S. Constitution's Supreme Law.

Of course that doesn't change the fact he's still a lousy president. :-)

Nov. 8th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Bush IS the president until the inauguration in mid-January.

Here's a news article listing all the unpleasant measures the Bush administration are rushing to put into law in their last 70+ days in office: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/04/opinion/04tue1.html

So not really that amusing...
Nov. 11th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Apropos of nothing, just wanted to prod you in the direction of the NaNoWriMo novel I've started serializing: the tentatively named Legend of Hero. What with the whole "video game character saves protagonist from death" theme and consequent confrontation of where the lines are drawn, I thought it might interest you.

I actually would love to chat with you about it while I'm still in the writing process; it might help me more directly explore some of the themes that suggest themselves.
Nov. 12th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
...I've had the first chapter open in a tab for two days, even before you posted this, actually. I've just been swamped with creative ideas of my own and conversations with friends and haven't been able to get around to reading it, nor chatting with you. But I really would like to help inform you, and not having known what the story was about in advance, I'm really eager to get around to reading it and exploring some of those ideas.
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
OK, cool. :) The first two chapters are now at ttustories, but I'm quite a bit farther along in the writing itself. If/when you do have time, would you like a copy of the whole thing so far, so you can get a better idea of where I've already taken it?

No pressure, I just think the conversation would be fascinating. :)
Nov. 15th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
I voted third party, but
an Obama is nice too.

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