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Achenblog: January 18, 2009 - January 24, 2009

The Obama Newbies

[My story in today's paper.] Sean Smith, 38, is an Obama newbie, freshly arrived at the Homeland Security Department on Nebraska Avenue. He has an interim ID badge, a computer, an e-mail account, a BlackBerry. He has gone through...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 24, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
 
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Yo-Yo Milli Vanilli

It's not the crime, it's the cover-up. We were all impressed and amazed as we watched Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman strut their stuff -- stuff their struts? -- in the freezing bleachers at the Capitol on Tuesday. They...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 23, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (319)
 
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Inaugural After Action Report

The big event is over for Obama, except for the actual "presidency" part. You know, the governing. Signing executive orders, running two wars, saving the economy, that kind of stuff. It won't be easy, but if he could survive...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 21, 2009; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (421)
 
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Obama's Inaugural Address

My hunch is that, as with Lincoln's, Obama's second inaugural address will be better than his first. It had some lovely turns of phrase. He delivered it well, and with confidence. But it didn't reach the level of the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 20, 2009; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
 
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Inauguration Flub Watch

[Cross-posted from 44.] The problem with Obama relying on that 27-year-old kid to write his speeches is that someone so young doesn't remember the Grover Cleveland presidency the way I do. And thus Obama opened his speech with a...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 20, 2009; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Gazillions of People, Literally

[Or is the correct term gajillions?] [Cross-posted from The Trail.] Now that's a big crowd. If this crowd isn't a million people strong, it's doing a credible impersonation. [Cops say 2 million, fyi.] This reporter walked nearly the length of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 20, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Reports From History

Joel just called in from the National Mall. He's finally made it to History, after riding a packed Metro train and then being ushered on foot through the seemingly endless 395 tunnel, which apparently ends on the other side of...

By Marisa Katz  |  January 20, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
 
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Obama Art Show

Just hit the art gallery on M street with all the Obama art. I can't tell good art from bad, but I did discern a heavy "Obama" theme, as these pictures attest. (Excuse me while I google the phrase...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 19, 2009; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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Does Volunteer Work Count as GDP?

Later this morning, I'm doing a service project in the neighborhood, which raises the key question: Does volunteer work boost the economy in any measurable, or measured, way? It seems to me that we fully count spending money on...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 19, 2009; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
 
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Inaugural Concert: Largest Crowd Ever?

Here's my estimate for the number of people at the inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial: All of them. Like, all of them in this hemisphere, at least. There were bejillions of people filling the mall all the way...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 18, 2009; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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Fab Inaugural Exhibit At Post

My charmed life: Found a great parking space right downtown. I will try to remember to take a picture of the parking space, and post it to the blog. This is the best thing that's happened to me since...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 18, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (195)
 
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