On Nov 13, 2008, at 1:20 AM EST (10:20 PM PST), Still President George W. Bush will have 100,000 minutes remaining in his administration. One minute later, it’s down to 5 digits and getting lower all the time.
There are sixty minutes in an hour and twenty-four hours in a day, so that makes 1,440 minutes per day. (That’s in case you want to count them down a chunk at a time.) The countdown ends on Jan 20, 2009, at Noon EST, when President-Elect Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States. And remember, this is The United States of America. We should all take pride in what is about to happen. There are many American citizens who never thought they would see this day in their lifetimes. Prayed for it, but never thought their prayers would be answered. I, personally, am happy for all of us, and proud of all of us. For this was the result of Democracy, and everyone who voted should be proud of their participation in this historic acheivement. All except you, Keith Olbermann, who admitted on The View that you didn’t vote. I didn’t start voting until I was 32, and I’m a year younger than Keith. But what got me started was hearing someone say (I think it might have been Janeane Garofalo), “If you don’t vote, you can’t bitch.” So, Keith, in all fairness, I think we have a right to expect a little less bitching from you. But we DO want you to help keep an eye on President Obama, to make sure he doesn’t cross the line, and let power go to his head. Which is not quite as large as yours.
In the meantime, what kind of mischief can Humiliated Outgoing President Bush do in the time he has left? Well, we can all freewheel on that one, but a couple of things crossed my mind.