President Obama throws out the first pitch on the opening day of the 2010 Major League Baseball season. All I can say is "Ball One!"
Not content with perpetuating his phony image as a "cricket tragic" at the Test against South Africa this week, John Winston Howard was revealed as a recipient of one of not-soon-enough-ex President Bush's final batch of "Presidential Medals of Freedom". (Along with Tony Blair and Alvaro Uribe, no less.)
A great orator giving a great speech for a great occasion. It sent tingles down the spine watching Barack Obama give his victory speech on TV live from Chicago at 4.15pm this afternoon my time. The full transcript is worth repeating (source CNN):
It's been a long time since I have been proud of the United States of America. (If ever.) But today I'm proud of the American electorate for coming up with the right answer, and one that is such an historic breakthrough.
Congratulations to Barack Obama, and congratulations to the United States of America!
According to Richard Sandomir in Tuesday's New York Times, only one man has gone to become US President after making an appearance in the Monday Night Football commentary box. That man was Ronald Reagan. According to Sandomir,
If the President of the United States is the "leader of the free world", then why don't the constituents of the free world get a vote?
In a nation where the electoral system is a veritable dog's breakfast, the election of a POTUS is the result of a mish-mash of (to mix animal metaphors) "first-past-the-post" systems. Which means that, unlike Australia, you can't allocate votes for your local POTUS Electoral Collegians on a preferential basis. It's all or nothing for the candidate of your choice.