Milwaukee celebrates “The End of an Error!”

Tonight we had an effing fantastic party that brought many people together to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama!

I organized a few people to help me — three neighbors and my almost-wife and I cooked food, which all disappeared very fast. We honored New Orleans with music and food (and beads), cheered “our first fairly elected president in eight years!”

We made mass quantities of red beans and rice (makes everything nice!), and we had far more people than we expected; thus the food went very fast.  (and they LIKED IT!)

We had a person appearance by George Dubya hisself! In an orange jump suit and chains no less… which gave us the perfect excuse to have a shoe-throwing contets! Okay, we used slippers, hats, and scarves… but I think it was very therapeutic. I got the crowd chanting “na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, good-bye!” as I escorted <<el presidente>> from the room after we’d given prizes to our most spirited and creative Dubya-whackers… hell, the whole damn BAR was singing it as I saw him to the front door!

And… President Obama. Wow… it’s still sinking in.

I gotta say it was a good day.


The great undoing has (almost) begun; Our long national nightmare is (almost) over

Daily Kos links to a Washington Post article about how our fair President-Elect is making plans to undo many of the executive orders made by the outgoing ‘resident, “measures that were imposed for ‘overtly political’ reasons.”

They say “it’s over,” but we will have the same tired old resident of the White House until January 20. Unless we can talk ol’ Bushie into quitting earlier… Either way, this is very good news.

A few more hours

Almost two years of the longest presidential campaign we’ve ever known are about to draw to a close.

Today, there was a 90-year-old man at the Obama office in Bay View proudly wearing a “Republicans for Obama” pin. He was going to go out and do doors!

Thanks to the campaign, I’ve been to parts of Milwaukee I never would have gone to otherwise. And know what? The people on Third and Lincoln, at Thirty-third and Silver Spring, and at Seventh and North Avenue are just like you and me.

In the past twenty-four hours alone, I’ve talked to more African-Americans than I ever have talked to in one sitting in my life. It’s amazing what happens when people look each other in the eye and talk to each other respectfully.

The early results are looking good.

I hope the next four years turn out as good as we hope they will.

So here’s to hope. It feels very good.

22 hours till the BEOOL

That’s just a bad acronym, isn’t it? Even if it is the biggest election of our lives. Still. I did some last-minute GOTV today up in Milwaukee’s heavily African-American north side, which was a lot of fun. I’m glad the campaign sent me across Milwaukee’s bivalve community and up to a neighborhood I’ve not been to. It’s a nice area, east of 35th and on either side of Silver Spring. Every person I spoke to was either going to or already had voted for Obama. There’s a lot of excitement about it, and I hope that after I spend most of tomorrow doing even more GOTV, there’ll be reason to celebrate.

My three readers probably know already that I’m tracking election night parties over at our Drinking Liberally Milwaukee blog. So there you have it.

Also: Dick Cheney’s hometown newspaper just endorsed Obama. Whoops.

Also also: Bay View GOTV —

Hector’s Restaurant on Delaware
3040 S Delaware Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Finally: Rest in peace, Madelyn Dunham, 1922-2008.