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In the Loop: January 27, 2009 Archive

Obama's first interview...thought I'd have more to say about it

Posted at 12:55 PM on January 27, 2009 by Jeff Horwich

President Obama granted his first formal interview as president to Saudi-based Al Arabiya. Interesting choice: Show the Middle East is a priority, stake out noncommittal ground firmly in the middle (on Israel/Palestine), and declare yourself "ready to listen."

I thought it would inspire more reflection and commentary in my Tuesday post-lunch brain. In the end, it's kind of "eh."

Sanden offered this logical thought: Won't this even further confuse people who think he's a Muslim? Hmm. Probably so. But is that segment of the population even large enough at this point to merit any concern? If Rick Warren couldn't convince them, there's probably no hope.

I suppose the benefits of establishing your Middle East credentials and burnishing America's image there outweigh further confusing a small population of morons who aren't going to vote for you anyway.

Giggity-giggity

Posted at 6:13 PM on January 27, 2009 by Steve Mullis (3 Comments)

OK, so you've probably heard and seen enough about President Obama's inauguration. Well I'm sorry, this is just too cool to not pass along.

Photographer David Bergman stiched together 220 photos to create this 1.4 Gigapixel image. That's right, giga as in 1,400+ megapixels. The photo can be panned and zoomed to incredible detail. It's like a 'Where's Waldo' or Highlights Magazine image for the Presidential Inauguration (well, the front of it anyway).

gigapan.jpg

Feel free to make a game out of it. What strange items, people, funny faces or rude gestures can you find? Ten points if you count how many crying faces there are in the crowd.

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