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Jan. 23rd, 2009

It is not possible for me to have a bigger crush on Barack Obama, even if his inauguration did mean that I started work at midday and finished at a quarter to midnight. It didn't matter though, because it was all exciting and cheering.

Our office actually stopped dead for the moment when he spoke. I loved that speech. It wasn't high-flown or full of flights of rhetoric but it was a straightforward indictment of the fuckery of the Bush administration; a warning that the west cannot continue to eat all the pies and not expect some serious indigestion; and a straightforward plea to the Muslim world to be allowed a fresh start. I cannot believe how undisappointing he is. Where's the grubby compromise, the acts of distressing expediency? He didn't just close Guantánamo, he shut down all foreign prisons and called a halt to extraordinary rendition.

Obamaaaa. I loooooove you. Dear America, you win. You have the best leader. (Well, until you don't)

Work continues to be troublesome. Our current bet is that they will not replace the boss when he leaves because we're in the midst of budget cuts. This is all right until someone wants to go on holiday or gets ill. In the present situation we can't really do anything but be grateful that we have jobs that are decently paid and that we work for fairly decent people.

Big Boss continues to be very charming and demand impossible things. This is a tricky combination. It doesn't annoy me but it infuriates some of my colleagues. My dear, dear friend M sent me a text which consisted only of "[Boss] is a COCK" repeated ten times and I laughed so hard I think I strained something, which shows you how knackered I was.

And Britain's economy is in the toilet. My favourite quote last weekend was from an unnamed Cabinet minister who told Patrick Wintour of The Guardian: "The banks are fucked; the economy's fucked, we're all fucked"

Why thank you for that incisive analysis. I can tell why you're in the top seat.

Oh God. We're all so fucked.

Anyway, how are you all doing?

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ropo
Jan. 23rd, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, most of us over here are walking around in stunned happiness, knocking on wood and stuff.

Can you imagine Presidential Picspam for GWBush? Yuck! But Obama, oh yeah. We have a President who's good looking and elegant and smart and on the right side of wrong. It's all too much to believe.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 23rd, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
It's a thing of beauty: they seem to have a plan, which is full of sensible goodness, and which they are implementing with alacrity. I am waiting for the fail but there is no fail. In politics this does not compute.

He is also a very elegant, articulate fellow, with a gorgeous, clever wife and children. If you had written him, people would be saying you were making him too impressive to be real.

Also, come play WordTwist today, please. I am off to the cinema but I will be bored later
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infinitemonkeys
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. I am spending half my time compulsively reading Robert Peston's blog and the other half singing la la la, can't hear you.
theodosia
Jan. 23rd, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
Right now I'm still in the "Great President or GREATEST President" phase, which to sure won't last, but it's very cheering to see him and his administration off to a rousing start.

Me, I'm finished with school at the worst possible time EVER, but I got Hope with a side of Yes We Can.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
He's been one bright spot in an incredibly grim week.

I do think there are jobs out there, even though it's all a bit scary. It's just going to take some time for the paralysis to wear off most workplaces whereby they daren't hire or anything because they don't know what's happening. Best of luck to you.
crm17
Jan. 23rd, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
I could not be happier. Though I have to say I was terrified when Obama got out to walk down Pennsylvania Ave that some nut would end the dream right there.

It is a pleasure every time I hear *President* Obama. But gods, what a mess he has to clean up.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
I think that was everyone's fear. So many nutters in the world. I know he takes office at a time of meltdown but on the plus side, who else would you want at the helm? The other lot seemed beyond clueless. Also, though the economic crisis ties his hands financially, it frees him to be more radical than he could be in more prosperous, complacent times.
vivwiley
Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'm still wandering around in a bit of a daze at the fact that we managed not only the peaceful transfer of power (I had visions of Cheney locking himself in the Oval with all the launch codes and threatening a coup), but that we totally *won*. It's quite amazing and like others, I keep waiting for the fail which hasn't yet come. We should, perhaps, keep in mind that it hasn't even been a week yet, but damn, he is off to a good start.

Some clever person on my flist asked "Am I sure I'm not watching an episode of the West Wing?" It rather feels that way.

Of course, your cabinet minister's incisive analysis of the British economy could just as easily be applied to the US. And we will please not even talk about what this is doing to the nonprofit sector. although I suppose eventually I will post some long-winded rant/naval gazing thing on exactly that topic

But, we genuinely have a new day, so maybe, just maybe we will get through this.

From back in the day, when the first Pres Bush was defeated, I have a button that says, "We're not out of the woods, but we made it through the Bushes." That feels more appropriate than ever.

leiliaxf
Jan. 23rd, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
that button? totally needs to be reprinted.

I have one from 2000 that says "I didn't vote for his Daddy either".
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Could Cheney have looked more like Blofeld at the inauguration? You did totally win and I was so impressed by the way his administration have signalled such a complete break with the past. I broke out the West Wing on 19 January and haven't stopped watching season one since.

I am sorry to hear that your sector is so badly impacted but of course, it's the first thing that people cut back on when they're scared -- and then there's the horrible collapse in funds of all kinds. Just yesterday the biggest property fund in Britain shut for six months, locking people's money out of reach to avoid total collapse. Here, there were also scores of charities who stuck their money in Icelandic funds because of their amazing rates of interest.

And now the Icelandic government has fallen. The whole thing would be fascinating were it not so terrifying.
violetisblue
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
I'm still not entirely certain that I'm not walking around in some sort of Marty Stu political fantasy I just made up? *checks* Nope, can't be as if I wrote such a thing the world's economy wouldn't be fucked and getting scarier. Anyway. I'm still over the moon.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
I do think that if you invented Obama, you would be jumped on for writing someone too perfect. I am so impressed by the way they have hit the ground running, and even if the administration is disappointing in the end, may they be disappointing for a good eight years yet.
predictivememo
Jan. 23rd, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
Someone on 5Live this morning suggested we could sell Lincolnshire to raise some much-needed capital. I doubt we'd get a fiver for it.

I'm also glad to see there were more than a few people having TWW flashback moments at THAT speech...

infinitemonkeys
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Did you hear the bit where Victoria Derbyshire was updating her Facebook friends list on air because the news was too depressing?

I'd buy Lincolnshire for a fiver. It'd be worth it to get first pick of the strawberries.
leiliaxf
Jan. 23rd, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
we're crushing a bit on our new boss over here too *g*

I'm dead tired, since I'm working dayshift this week (should be called dayshite, imo). I'm so far behind on personal projects (knitting that I haven't touched in a year, except to move it; editing all the damn video I shot in Morocco PLUS all the photos from the trip I haven't edited; lather-rinse-repeat...) that I figure I'll never die at this point.

I've 2 hours of "Lost", one hour of "Burn Notice" I've yet to watch, plus there will be an hour of BSG tonight to tape (it's on a ten, I have to be up at 5 in the morning. I did mention it's daySHITE, right?).

Aaaand, I'm contemplating getting a new iPod. Because I have an ancient 3rd Gen one and I like the shiny new ones (especially the XF engraved ones on the Fox website...)

Oh yeah. And I need to start shopping for a new car.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Most people prefer day shifts. Are you just nocturnal? Or is it the early starts that are a killer?

I think you should definitely get a new ipod. They're much better than they used to be in terms of functionality and just plain fun -- and I liked the old ones plenty
leiliaxf
Jan. 24th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
I'm nocturnal. Plus the Dayshite starts at 6AM. I can't seem to get to bed before ten most nights.

I prefer to rise from my crypt around 11ish, putter around the house for a bit, eat something, work, come home midnight-ish, putter some more and bed at 2AMish.

I have massive amounts of energy when I work this. When I work days--I can hardly keep my head up after dinner. Back when I was taking harp lessons, my instructor noted that when I was super tired (read as: worked a dayshift) my eyes literally couldn't track the notes on the page.

So yeah. I'm pretty hosed.

Thus, endeth my whinging.
cofax7
Jan. 23rd, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
My new boss, K! It's awesome! How did we get so lucky!

We usually have nothing to say directly about the administration, because we're so far down the line, but yesterday one of the bosses quoted the President, and it was so awesome to realize that it was Obama! My boss!

As for me personally, I will be better if my actual boss can convince his boss that I need to be reorganized into the group that does not answer to the micro-manager. ::holds thumbs::

Also I will share this with you because it made me laugh like a drain: The Puppy Agenda.

Edited at 2009-01-23 06:30 pm (UTC)
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
My new boss, K! It's awesome! How did we get so lucky!

I know! I love it when they imply they could do your job better than you can, even though you're the one with specialist knowledge? And the way they won't listen even when you're telling them it's wrong?

I hope your present boss succeeds. The last thing you need is for work to be rubbish.

Thank you for the puppy agenda. It turns out I am not bored of watching Obama speak about *anything* yet


cofax7
Jan. 23rd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Actually, I wasn't being sarcastic: ultimately, Obama is my new boss. And that's kind of awesome!

But yes, I hope my actual current boss succeeds, and the Puppy Agenda is utterly wonderful.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 24th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Oh THAT boss. Well, yes, he is fantastic. The cynic in me points to Tony Blair in 1997, but I hope not.
tabula_x_rasa
Jan. 23rd, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Like everyone else, I am fucked. But I am still totally in love with Barack Obama, and for right now I kind of don't care about the fucked over part.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
That is marvellous news. Given how fucked we are, I think 'not caring' is the way to go
parthenia14
Jan. 23rd, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
I think Britain needs to breathe into a paper bag for a while, quite frankly, and then take a few days to have a rest, eat some nice food, and look out of the window.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 24th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
We're all too busy running around screaming with our hair on fire to go pick up something from Marks and Spencer.

Our business person keeps wandering into conference and talking about survivalism and storing cans of baked beans under the floorboards and learning to shoot stuff. Sometimes she's joking but there's that crazy glint in her eye...
lilydale
Jan. 23rd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
How am I doing? I wish I in your "I Wish I Was Here" icon. I remember that so vividly, still.

Please come visit the land of Mr. Awesome President.

When I watched the inauguration with some of my co-workers, some people laughed and some people cried. And not for the reasons that people would laugh and cry when Bush would say something. It was really, really, really nice.
comice
Jan. 24th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
I'm still waiting for my "Sayonara, Crazypants!" icon
Although now I think it should be Obama, waving to Bush as he leaves. Did you hear the crowd singing "Na na na na hey hey hey, goodbye" the way they do at sports matches?

Anyway. I read that quote from your minister and I thought to myself, Oh God. 'Cause you know, you don't really come from a hyperbolic people, so ... when a British public official/civil servant says those kinds of things off the record, I feel a chill going down my spine.

However, my current cure for all things ooky is to go to whitehouse.gov and to read the Memoranda on transparency. I particularly enjoy the one where President (!) Obama instructs agencies not to wait for Freedom of Information Act requests, but to put all of their information about what they're doing and all their outcomes (good and bad) on their websites.

:: clutches Memoranda to chest and swoons ::

As if they're spending the people's money and junk!

:: sighs fangirlishly ::

P.S. Am only slightly loopy from jetlag, so this cannot be blamed.

P.P.S. Iceland?! Woe. Also, ffs, what in the name of hell were they thinking?
se_parsons
Jan. 24th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
I am delirious with happiness over Obama so far.

I am also still employed and will probably have to mostly disappear for the next several years to keep that happening.

Way to graduate with my MBA into the worst economy of my lifetime.
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