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FixCam Week in Preview: Inauguration Week

It's now roughly 24 hours before President-elect Barack Obama becomes President Barack Obama.

And, the Fix will be there for every minute of it.

We'll be anchoring the Washington Post's live webcast of the inauguration from the west front of the Capitol starting around 8 a.m. (or whenever the Fix can drag himself from bed and in front of the camera) and continuing right through Obama's speech, which starts at 12:05 p.m., according to Political Browser's Ben Pershing.

We'll also be twittering in this space throughout the day -- providing pithy observations of the proceedings (and intermittent updates on just how cold it is) in 140-character bites. Make sure to sign up for our Twitter feed either by clicking the link above this post or clicking right here. (And, while your at it, make sure to vote for the Fix as the best political twitter in the Shorty Awards!)

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 19, 2009; 10:37 AM ET
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i wonder what it would have been like if Bush and Katherine Harris had not stole election 2000. what if AL GORE had been President?

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 20, 2009 5:47 AM | Report abuse


Barack Obama is the greatest liar in history (no wonder he is an excellent lawyer!) During his campaign, he told lots of hope in future for America if he was elected, but now he warns Americans of oncoming darker economy and not to put too much hope in his promises. He promises a big plan to reduce budget deficit but his inauguration ceremony this January will be the most costly in history (50 millions) while the nation is in deep depression, as well as his presidential campaign (600 millions), which was far more than his opponent John McCain's. He swears to clean up Washington DC, but he failed to first clean up his homestate Illinois, one of the most corrupt state with the scandal of Governor Rod Blagojevich, who greatly helped Obama to win his state senate seat in 1996, 1998, and 2002. And his favorite slogan is "Yes, we CAN", yet he himself CANNOT quit smoking at all !!!

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | January 19, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Scrivener posted: "An attempt to post this commentary here earlier this morning failed, and was met with a message that the post was "being held for the blog owner." I believe this message was NOT generated by The Washington Post, but by a third-party censor with an ideological agenda."

Scrivener, where can we send our thanks to the "third-party censor with an ideological agenda"?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

All Hail the Great Obama!!

Posted by: newbeeboy | January 19, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"Captain Q", the disinfo skipper, suddenly gets religion from "Mother Jones"?

Even Big Pharma deserves good counsel. I'll read it with an open mind... yours?

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 19, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Great Job Chris!!! and all the media for your great coverage!kudos
The sad thing about your great work, is on the day that America is feeling good Sarah Palin and the Republicans will be on the Glen Beck show tonight complaining again about the media. That is so awful that it makes me sick.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 19, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Incredible article from the liberal publication Mother Jones on Eric Holder, Attorney General nominee. Absolutely must reading for anyone with at least one iota of open-mindedness.

Mother Jones article from 1/14 titled, Why Eric Holder Represents What's Wrong with Washington.

1) Holder took a huge paycheck from Purdue Pharma in 2004 to successfully fight to keep the drug OxyContin on the market. This while Holder knew OxyContin was causing patient deaths, serious addiction problems, and serious health complications.

2) Holder again took a huge paycheck to negotiate a settlement for Merck Pharmaceuticals to pay far less in fines than they made by overcharging the U.S. government, and taxpayers, through fraudulent Medicaid billings.

3) Holder used his deputy attorney general position to force Justice Department employees to drop their objections to the Clinton pardons of Marc Rich and the FALN terrorists. The FALN terrorists set off 130 bombs in America, killing six Americans and wounding hundreds of others.

Holder is supposed to protect us? We need protection from him. Just ask the families whose loved ones died or whose health was permanently damaged from taking OxyContin. Just ask the families whose loved ones were killed or maimed by the FALN terrorists.

Posted by: CaptainQ | January 19, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse


We're taking bets as to the exact hour, sometime today or possibly tomorrow morning, that George. W. Bush's 11th hour presidential pardons will become publicly known.

Will he issue a blanket pardon that covers himself, Cheney, and the entire "war on terror" army?

Will his pardons steal the thunder from Obama's swearing in...

...or will the media become a willing accomplice in a calculated effort to slip the pardons by quietly, without fanfare, in the midst of "Obamamania"?

Some of us are pondering another disquieting possibility on this last full day of the Bush administration: whether George W. Bush's repeated warnings about a transition-timed terrorist attack could come to pass...

... and exactly what Bush meant by that comment at his final press conference that some people may "write off" his warnings by saying, in Bush's words, "you know, he's trying to set something up."

And what's with that announcement this morning from White House Press Secretary Dana Perino that Bush has named Defense Secretary Robert Gates as "designated successor" in the event of a national emergency?

Do you EVER recall such an announcement before any other inauguration in American history? I don't...


And, in a related matter...


• Extrajudicial targeting and punishment allows a calculated bypass of the judicial system -- paving the way for myriad abuses.

NOTE: An attempt to post this commentary here earlier this morning failed, and was met with a message that the post was "being held for the blog owner." I believe this message was NOT generated by The Washington Post, but by a third-party censor with an ideological agenda.

Here is a link to another article that SOMEONE does not want YOU to read:

OR (if link is disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 19, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you've got such an extraordinary tin ear for politics perfect for the Washington Post.

Posted by: crestfallenwassailing | January 19, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

All of the inauguration festivities are the most overwhelming display of political capital in presidential history. Combine the pomp and circumstance with 80% approval and the "loyal opposition - i.e; the GOP - will have a hard time trying to retain mainstream support if they continue fighting Obama's agenda.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 19, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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