Pre-Inauguration

Washington is packed to the brim, in spite of the bitter January cold. The excitement and anticipation is palpable as we watch the VIPs file in to the Mall in D.C. this morning. This is a historic day for America; the first black president will be sworn in in mere minutes.

But not everyone is excited and hopeful. The Republicans have came to befoul the party. Suddenly, taking loans from China is the worst idea conservatives have ever heard — this after eight years of relentless borrowing for nation-building, tax cuts for the rich in a time of war and waste at unprecedented levels.

The "it's unpatriotic to criticize the president" crowd is trying to find ways to blame the economic downturn on the incoming president. Meanwhile, Bush is doing everything he can to revise his own history.

You have got to be kidding me. Cut this guy loose. Let's turn the page. I am ready for a change. It's so exciting.