As Keith reports tonight from the National Mall in Washington with a bunch of his fans behind him, we have less than 20 hours until Barack Obama's inauguration, 2,081 days since "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq, 13 days until the Steelers and Cardnals play in Super Bowl XLIII, 27 days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training, and 76 patriotic nights until Philadelphia hosts the opening of the 2009 Major League Baseball season, with Vice President Biden to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Tie: Salmon.
Number 5: Earth Shattering Breaking News: Vice President Cheney injures himself pulling a muscle in his back and will be at the Inauguartion in a wheelchair after trying to move some boxes. Ouch. Meanwhile, on Martin Luther King Day, he helped paint a shelter wall and there will be 5,000 volunteer serivce projects and the Obama mailing list will send out emails directing them, and a bunch of pre-Inaugural dinners for Biden, Colin Powell and John McCain. Jonathon Alter joins us with the crowd "making New Years Eve in Times Square look like Sunday night at the [Cornell University] library in Ithica, New York." Obama is reaching out, not like Adolph XLIII did with Ted Kennedy. The honeymoon is going to be a year long, and Obama has to score early and often like the cards did on my Eagles yestrday (1/18).
Over at the Kennedy Center during the taping of Oprah, the future Second Lady leaked out the news that he was offered either Secratary of State or the Veep. In other news, Oprah is fat. Dr. Jill Biden said to Oprah that "If you're vice president, the family can be involved." Chris Hayes of The Nation watches Oprah and joins us to anaylize this awkward moment. And upon the repeat of Cheney's injury, the crowd goes...Steam's "Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye." And good riddence!
Number 4: Obama's Inaugural Address: What will our new President speak about tomorrow? The 44th President better live up to what her daughter says. Michael Beschloss, the resident Presiential Historian joins us to tell us what we will be expecting more JFK than Honest Abe.
Oddball: On this day in 2009, the Bush XLIII presidency ended! (And a mighty roar went up from the crowd: *weak "Yay!"* Yeah, Keith, if you read this, I know all the material...) Let's liberate Paris! And there was a new King of graceland, good to know Blago got a new job. And at Legoland, there is an entire Inaugural display, complete with Lego Portapotties.
Number 3: President Obama will keep the Oval Office as is, complete with Laura Bush's rug design. Politico.com reports that 20 aides are heading to the White House after the swearing in. And Adolph XLIII, about to be evicted, is having a private dinner with family for his last night. Eugene Robinson joins Keith in the booth for the overview. And they boo the rug and the guy who owned it. MSNBC is spending the promo budget on buttons, posters, everything including the kitchen sink if that happens.
Bushed!: 3 - How many metaphors of Dana Perino can be handled? What about the moving vans? They werre Ryder rentals! Here's your copy of the home version of The Lie To the Press Game. 2 - The last word on Gitmo from Herr Goebles: The worst are out. Here's your home version of The Gitmo Game. 1 - Politcal capital. I have politcal capital, and The New York Times final poll with a 73% disapproval rate. Here's your home version of The Presidency Game.
Number 2 (Worst Person in the World)
Bronze - Ken Blackwell opposes the stimulus package because it would crate jobs and make the Republicans impossible to get Congress and the White House back.
Silver - Spirit Airlnes cancels a flight to Myrtle Beach, so they book Jeff Kolodjay and his party of four on US Airways Flight 1549, and the guys were going to be charged $99 for returning tickets... Can you guess what happened next? Release, rotation, splash! Into the Hudson.
Gold - Wendell Goller of Fixed Noise. "[Adolph] inherited the 9/11 attacks." After the Inauguration in January 20, 2001.
I'll see you tomorrow.