No, it's the inauguration of his successor. The inauguration is scheduled to make landfall on Tuesday and wreak havoc all night long, as Category Five conga lines buckle highways round town, and emergency busboy crews find themselves overwhelmed as they struggle to clear drained champagne flutes. So the mayor, Adrian M. Fenty, put in a request for more federal money, and, apparently, the easiest way to sluice the cash to him no questions asked was for the president to declare a state of emergency in the District and funnel however many extra gazillions he wants through FEMA – the Federal Emergency Management Agency.The irony is so thick you could cut it with a knife.
I don't believe that in any stretch of the imagination that the Obama ascendancy should help D.C. qualify as a federal disaster area. It's not like it's something that loomed up out of the ocean, displacing thousands of people. It's a routine change of government. We've known about this for a while. It's not a surprise that we're going to be changing Presidents.
In other news, I see that the D.C. police have declared portions of the city to be a prostitution-free zone. Seriously.
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- District police have placed signs along 5th and I Streets. They read, "Warning, Prostitution Free Zone." Those who disobey could be fined 300 dollars, and even jailed.Hah! I guess that means that Congress won't be attending the inauguration. No politicians allowed.
Wasn't it Harry Truman who said something to the effect that his two career choices were either to become a piano player in a cathouse, or to become a politician? Something like that... the correct quote is: "My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference."