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January 20, 2009

With the the presidential inauguration a few hours away, here are some of stories from the US about the next leader of the free world.

Political souvenir shops say they are bringing in a small fortune on anything bearing Obama’s image.Even his calendars are selling like hotcakes — not since Kennedy have Americans been willing to give a president 12 months of calendar wall space.And the Obama-mania is not just an American phenomena.One shop owner says 25 percent of his business comes from overseas customers.In fact, the enthusiasm for Obama merchandise is so great, he’s opening his first stores in London and Berlin.

“More than 1 million people were expected to fill the Mall to be as close as possible to the event and watch it on huge television screens.Traffic backed up at parking lots at metro rail stops and even at 5 a.m. trains were packed. Some die-hards camped out to be the first through security checkpoints, where crowds quickly built up.”

“For African-Americans in general and Morehouse students in particular, the moment is a watershed.Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. graduated from Morehouse, a college for black American men that places emphasis on leadership and aims to give students a sense of moral and civic responsibility.”I can watch the inauguration on TV but I can’t feel the atmosphere of being there,” said philosophy major Antoine Albert, 18. “It says that America is not based on the color of your skin but what you are capable of.”Hundreds of Morehouse students are making the trip. For those riding buses, the plan was to arrive at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday at a church on the outskirts of the city and then depart on subway trains for the Washington Mall. They can then expect to wait for hours in chilly weather for the inauguration ceremony and the parade that follows. ”

America truly has gone fucking mental for the new president. Maybe because solve the economy, pull the world out of war witht he middle east, solve the Gaza conflicts, fix the 360, bring good games out on the wii, ind me a copy of The Dark Knight On Blu-ray, turn water into wine and bring Jesus back to life. Now I think about it, seems like an awesome bloke.

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