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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?


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.

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".
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.