Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lilly Ledbetter is the LAW

The first piece o' legislation signed into law by the President was Equal Pay for Equal Work!!! Look Steny Hoyer lurking in the back like he thought this signing would be a great place to show up and pick up chicks. (Just kidding, Steny!)

Here's what the President had to say:

It is fitting that with the very first bill I sign - the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act - we are upholding one of this nation's first principles: that we are all created equal and each deserve a chance to pursue our own version of happiness.

It is also fitting that we are joined today by the woman after whom this bill is named - someone Michelle and I have had the privilege of getting to know for ourselves. Lilly Ledbetter didn't set out to be a trailblazer or a household name. She was just a good hard worker who did her job - and did it well - for nearly two decades before discovering that for years, she was paid less than her male colleagues for the very same work. Over the course of her career, she lost more than $200,000 in salary, and even more in pension and Social Security benefits - losses she still feels today.

Now, Lilly could have accepted her lot and moved on. She could have decided that it wasn't worth the hassle and harassment that would inevitably come with speaking up for what she deserved. But instead, she decided that there was a principle at stake, something worth fighting for. So she set out on a journey that would take more than ten years, take her all the way to the Supreme Court, and lead to this bill which will help others get the justice she was denied.

Because while this bill bears her name, Lilly knows this story isn't just about her. It's the story of women across this country still earning just 78 cents for every dollar men earn - women of color even less - which means that today, in the year 2009, countless women are still losing thousands of dollars in salary, income and retirement savings over the course of a lifetime.

But equal pay is by no means just a women's issue - it's a family issue. It's about parents who find themselves with less money for tuition or child care; couples who wind up with less to retire on; households where, when one breadwinner is paid less than she deserves, that's the difference between affording the mortgage - or not; between keeping the heat on, or paying the doctor's bills - or not. And in this economy, when so many folks are already working harder for less and struggling to get by, the last thing they can afford is losing part of each month's paycheck to simple discrimination.

So in signing this bill today, I intend to send a clear message: That making our economy work means making sure it works for everyone. That there are no second class citizens in our workplaces, and that it's not just unfair and illegal - but bad for business - to pay someone less because of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion or disability. And that justice isn't about some abstract legal theory, or footnote in a casebook - it's about how our laws affect the daily realities of people's lives: their ability to make a living and care for their families and achieve their goals.

Ultimately, though, equal pay isn't just an economic issue for millions of Americans and their families, it's a question of who we are - and whether we're truly living up to our fundamental ideals. Whether we'll do our part, as generations before us, to ensure those words put to paper more than 200 years ago really mean something - to breathe new life into them with the more enlightened understandings of our time.

That is what Lilly Ledbetter challenged us to do. And today, I sign this bill not just in her honor, but in honor of those who came before her. Women like my grandmother who worked in a bank all her life, and even after she hit that glass ceiling, kept getting up and giving her best every day, without complaint, because she wanted something better for me and my sister.

And I sign this bill for my daughters, and all those who will come after us, because I want them to grow up in a nation that values their contributions, where there are no limits to their dreams and they have opportunities their mothers and grandmothers never could have imagined.

In the end, that's why Lilly stayed the course. She knew it was too late for her - that this bill wouldn't undo the years of injustice she faced or restore the earnings she was denied. But this grandmother from Alabama kept on fighting, because she was thinking about the next generation. It's what we've always done in America - set our sights high for ourselves, but even higher for our children and grandchildren.

Now it's up to us to continue this work. This bill is an important step - a simple fix to ensure fundamental fairness to American workers - and I want to thank this remarkable and bi-partisan group of legislators who worked so hard to get it passed. And this is only the beginning. I know that if we stay focused, as Lilly did - and keep standing for what's right, as Lilly did - we will close that pay gap and ensure that our daughters have the same rights, the same chances, and the same freedom to pursue their dreams as our sons.

Thank you.

Friday, January 23, 2009


According to Slate, President Obama has committed both high crimes and misdemeanors by wearing an IMPROPER TUX! He wore a white tie at a black tie event! And white ties require tails! And something something with the pants and creases and the intricate rules of pants wearing! Why on earth has our President not been spending his time familiarizing himself with the ins and outs of outdated, fussy formal wear guidelines?

All hope is lost.

ETA: Khyra asked a VERY important tuxedo etiquette question: Boxer or Briefs. The answer is: KHOMMANDO!

First Three Days!

Here are some things that Obama has done that I like a whole lot:

1.) Suspended the "Global Gag Rule."
2.) Promised to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay for Equal Work Act
3.) Promised to close Gitmo within the year
4.) Signed an executive order to declassify documents under FOIA
5.) Reiterated support for Roe v. Wade
6.) Dance the butt bump with a teenager from Delaware
7.) Make a joke about Biden stealing pens at an oath signing ceremony

What he has NOT done that makes me SO MAD:

1. ) Bring me to Dee Cee so I can hang out with Malia and Sasha and gossip about the Jonas Brothers.
2.) Let me follow around Rahm Emanuel to tough negotations so I can bite outta line Republican'ts.

Phox is Philthy!

A Fox "sexpert" gives her ahem, expert, opinion on the Obamas' relationship:

The "terrorist fist bump" is even more ominous than we knew!

Hehehehe. H/T to Pam at Pandagon.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Review of the Inauguration Speech

I am too tired from all this blogeration so I will leave the criticism of the inaugural speech to a more seasoned and wise critic than myself:



A Study in Opposites!

Dr. Strangelove himself:

Sheer awesomeness! (Behind my new moms Sasha and Malia is Michelle's mom Marian Robinson and Obama's sister Maya)

First Lady Lives Up to Her Name!

Mrs. Obama brought Mrs. Bush a present making her already pretty awesome.

The New York Times is liveblogging the inauguration festivities. I probably shouldn't lest I share facts like the fact that I hooted with joywhen I saw Cheney being pushed around in a wheelchair.

And my goodness there are a lot of Bidens.

And there are moving vans at the White House! Are they taking my monkey sticks in????

End of an Error!

What will we do with a President who has more than just a passing familiarity with the English language:

Some Moving Pictures

THREE HOURS LEFT! Can you even believe it??? Here are some movies to pass the time.

Tanks for my Memory (Warning: saucy language ahead):

Mr. President:

From Gus (Music!):

Monday, January 19, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

O and Joe!

Prez O and his Veep Joe rolled through my town today on their way to Dee Cee and we gave 'em a good Eagles chant! Have a great ride an importantly--HAPPY BURPDAY MICHELLE!Link

Friday, January 16, 2009

G'bye Senator Joe the Biden!

My Senator and neighbor, Joe the Biden, had to say goodbye to the Senate. And, if we're lucky, he will be done with his speech by the time he has to be inaugurated on TUESDAY.

Won't it be nice when the phrase "Mr. Vice President" doesn't cause plants to wilt and small children to burst into tears? On Saturday Mr. President Elect Obama is going to stop by the train station in Wilmington to pick up Joe. I'm thinking about sending a bag of my stuff with Joe. You know, so that he can give them to my new moms, Malia and Sasha. I'm wondering if Obama is going to actually get off the train and come to Joe's door and meet his mom or if he's just going to honk.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Dear John

Dear Mr. Bush,

Just think, less than one week and you get to leave D.C., hang up your Mission Accomplished banner in Houston, and clear brush and drink O'Doul's to your heart's content. I saw your last press conference this week and you seemed a bit--how should I put this?--testy. I understand you feel that we don't appreciate your accomplishments: achieving an approval rating lower than Nixon's, sexually harassing the German President, commiting war crimes with no legal repercussions.

I know we as a country have asked a lot of you, often things that you could not do. That you not start unnecessary wars, that when an American city winds up underwater you have a plan for helping, that you follow the law and respect international conventions. You know, all that unreasonable stuff we asked. But I have one final request.

You have six days left. Resist the urge. DO NOT press the button.

Thank you,


P.S. If it makes you feel better you have my permission to invade Canada. But only if you let us make Canada our 50th state. Oh yes, the 50th. We're giving Texas back to Mexico. (Not before liberating my pals. Sam, we might have to get hitched so you will be a citizen of the United States of Americanada.)

P.P.S. It's not you, it's me. Oh, no, it's you.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

8 Days Left!!

It's almost inauguration time! And according to the New York Times, the Obamas have narrowed down the appropriate dog breeds to labradoodles or Portugese water dogs.
Great diversionary move, guys! No one will EVER suspect the corgador until I come waltzin' in the Rose Garden (stopping to pee on David Gregory's leg as a pre-emptive measure.) It'll be a BIG surprise like McSame's VP pick.

Oh wait, I hope things turn out better than THAT pick. But I am certain I know more court cases than she does. And read more papers.

P.S. They say they are looking in shelters for their new dog--way to go! I mean, even though I'm obviously gonna be first dog.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The World's Most Powerful Pajama Party

Twelve days before inauguration, the media gave to me....five olden men!

Oh does this picture call out for thought bubbles and LOLs

I'm certain that Forty One and Carter are thinking "And that doof in the middle got two terms?" Clinton is thinking "And I'm the one who got impeached?"

And I sincerely hope that 41 is not asking Obama to freshen his drink (If you have not seen this story I highly recommend reading it. Our President-elect has some serious anger/jerk management handling skills that will serve him well in office) and is instead asking Obama if he could possibly have 43's last name officially changed to "Dubya" so that in the future maybe no one will know they were related.


What's up, Senator Franken?

In the election that will! not! end!, the Minnesota canvassing board has certified Al Franken's victory in Minnesota! Outgoing Senator Norm Coleman is whiny.

I have faith that Senator Franken will do his best for his most important constituents, namely, Ike.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Back in Business

I have been neglecting my pawlitical blog due to heavy lobbying to become the first party and planning my all out inauguration bash. I only have thirteen and a half days to plan! And where am I going to put all these cases of Cristal????

In the meantime, here is an awesome video on the search for the first dog! Anderson Cooper WILL NOT take my place!