Courtesy Fester at Newshoggers calling for a Constitutional Amendment:
The inauguration of the President shall occur on December 15th. The new term of Congresses shall begin on Dec. 10. All electoral votes shall be counted and certified by Dec. 12.
Seems like an absolute no-brainer to me in the 21st century.
Biden said Obama will be tested, but rather the lame-duck president gets tested it seems to me in the too long interim.
Watching Obama’s presser today was a little odd frankly. The stupid insignia was back out, and Obama was in (understandably) a little bit of weird head space if you watch the tape. [Transcript here]. He was a tad nervous, but overall for his first go round was I thought pretty solid.
But with a president who has been a lame duck since late 2005/early 2006 (minus the surge) and has kinda piddled around while the economy worsens–and from Obama’s view is only interested in the financial capital side of what’s going on and is ignoring the recessionary side–I guess this is inevitable. But it is a strange sorta thing, which we are constitutionally hemmed in with, that doesn’t make sense anymore in our day and time. It’s sorta the creation of a shadow government no? Again made more apparent this time around because we live at the fall of the breakup of the Reaganite coalition and not only a lame-duck but largely Hamlet-like absent president.
Obama however did get this line in:
With respect to the dog, this is a major issue. I think it’s generated more interest on our website than just about anything. We have — we have two criteria that have to be reconciled. One is that Malia is allergic, so it has to be hypo-allergenic. There are a number of breeds that are hypo-allergenic. On the other hand, our preference would be to get a shelter dog. But obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts, like me. So the — so, whether we’re going to be able to balance those two things, I think, is a pressing issue on the Obama household.
Not that’s something to hear a biracial dude come out and self-depractingly call himself (lovingly) a mutt. Haven’t seen that before in the White House to be sure.