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Cold bites Twenty people were hospitalized at the inauguration, suffering from the effects of the intense cold, authorities said. METRO

News One of the great events of history


In today’s

Metro Judge: Blame me for oath slip PAGE 04

2 million yelled out for Obama PAGE 06

100 days in: the Obama plan PAGE 08

In your words, our new leader PAGE 09

Top images as U.S. celebrates

Barack Hussein Obama was officially sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America yesterday, declaring the nation must choose “hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord” to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Before a jubilant crowd, the first African-American to hold the land’s highest office warned of the tough “road that unfolds before us,” but assured the country that its challenges “will be met.” Obama, 47, took one of his plainest swipes yet at outgoing President George W. Bush: “Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed,” Obama said. “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin the work of remaking America. The mention of Bush’s name before the ceremony elicited a chorus of boos. But little could disturb the carnival atmosphere. Obama’s face was pasted everywhere: on shirts, ties, belts, flags, signs and even chocolate bars. A melange

How important is oratory to Obama?

That’s how he rose, but Americans are mixed: We love great speeches, and we’re suspicious of smooth talkers — you saw that in the campaign. What’s made his rhetoric stand out?

His great strength wasn’t the “rouse ‘em up” speech. It was in making arguments and giving people the benefit of the doubt that they could listen to an argument. Can that backfire?

Barack Obama swears the presidential oath on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible.

“Our time of protecting narrow interests, and putting off unpleasant decision — that time has passed.” President Barack Obama of disparate faiths, races and backgrounds, the vast sea of people more closely resembled some kind of patriotic Woodstock, than an inaugural event. After four hours of pomp and ceremony at the Capi-

How Michelle did in style stakes PAGE 11

Real change, or no change PAGE 14

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... Bryan Garsten Yale University professor and author of “Saving Persuasion,” a book about political rhetoric.

Obama’s call to action as he becomes 44th president



Choose unity over conflict and discord AP

The expectation was great, the experience even greater than we could have imagined. The symbolism of the inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States will echo down the centuries. Today, Metro reflects the joy, the hope and the human moments of an event which will live long in the memories of all who witnessed it.

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Snipers look out from the White House roof yesterday.

tol, Obama and his wife, Michelle, rode in a tall, heavily armored Cadillac limousine along the 1.5 mile parade route to the White House. To the delight of cheering onlookers, the Obamas got out

and walked down several blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue, waving to people kept behind barricades. Two years after beginning his improbable quest as a first-term Illinois senator, Obama moved into the Oval Office as the nation’s fourth-youngest president, and the first African-American, a barrier-breaking achievement believed impossible by generations of minorities. BRAYDEN SIMMS

Appealing directly to the people sometimes undermines presidents’ relationships with Congress. You need room to bargain, and legislators may feel the president’s doing an end-run around them. Obama’s got to find a way to combine his rhetoric with a governing strategy. What did you think of the inaugural speech?

It didn’t have a lot of high flourishes. The message was: It’s time to get to work. PATRICK ARDEN/METRO

Late rush of ‘chatter’ from radical Muslims WASHINGTON. Authorities monitored a rush of intelligence leads at the largest security operation in presidential inauguration history, including a threat from an East Africa radical Islamic terrorist group. Intelligence officials received information that people associated with a Somalia-based group, alShabaab, might try to travel


Number of intel teams mingling with crowds

to the U.S. with plans to disrupt the inauguration, according to a joint FBI/Homeland Security bulletin issued on Monday night. The information had limited specificity and uncertain

credibility, said Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke. U.S. counter-terror officials have grown concerned in recent months about the threat posed by the militant al-Shabaab group and a cell of U.S.-based Somali sympathizers who have traveled to their homeland to “fight alongside Islamic insurgents,” the alert reported.

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Oops! Roberts bobbles Obama’s oath of office But two get through it and officially swear in America’s 44th president

“Are you prepared to take the oath, senator?” Roberts asked Obama, who had his hand on the Bible that Abraham Lincoln used the day he became president in 1861. The swearing in began simply enough as Roberts started reciting the oath Obama was to repeat, a few words at a time. “I, Barack Hussein Obama ...,” began Roberts. “I, Barack,” said Obama, and before he could continue, Roberts said, “do


Chief Justice John Roberts stumbled slightly over the 35-word constitutionally prescribed oath of office as he swore in Barack Obama as the 44th president, sending the new chief executive into a verbal detour of his own.

President Obama shakes the hand of Chief Justice John Roberts after his swearing in as the 44th president of the United States.

solemnly swear ...” Obama: “I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear ...” Roberts: “... that I will execute the office of presi-

dent to the United States faithfully ...” Obama: “... that I will execute ...” Roberts: “... faithfully execute the office of president

“I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear ... that I will execute ... the office of president of the United States faithfully.” of the United States ...” Obama: “... the office of president of the United States faithfully ...” At that point, Roberts got back on course, leading as Obama followed with “and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” “So help you God?” asked Roberts. “So help me God.” By tradition, the presidential oath is adminis-


2,339 Number of words in Obama’s inaugural speech



The length of Obama’s speech.

12:07 Time Obama spoke his first word as president of the U.S.

tered by the chief justice, and in Roberts’ case, it was his first inauguration. Later, as he and Obama chatted briefly before lunch in the Capitol, Roberts appeared to take responsibility for the error. Roberts hosted Obama at the high court last week in a social call, and the swearing in was one of the first of what could be many important interactions between the heads of two branches of government. AP


Ted Kennedy collapses during lunch Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, ill with a brain tumor, suffered an apparent seizure at a postinauguration luncheon for President Barack Obama and was rushed by ambulance from the Capitol to a hospital. A spokeswoman at the Washington Hospital Center said the Massachusetts Democrat was awake and answering questions when he arrived and was able to receive a phone call from Obama. A few hours later, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., visited Kennedy, 76, whom he said had suffered “a mild seizure similar to what he’s had before. It’s part of the battle he’s fighting” since he was diagnosed with brain cancer and had surgery last year. Kerry said Kennedy would remain overnight at the hospital. “He’s laughing and joking right now. He’s got all his Irish dander up,” he added. Kennedy is expected to be released from hospital this morning. AP



Bush begins retirement WASHINGTON. With one last handshake with President Barack Obama, George W. Bush boarded a helicopter at the Capitol and began his post-presidential life. Vice President Joe Biden gave Bush a brief salute as the chopper left the Capitol grounds and headed to Andrews Air Force Base, flying over the throngs of supporters who came to

Leaving a letter Keeping with a White House ritual, Bush left a note for Obama in his desk in the Oval Office, wishing him well as he takes the reins of power. Outgoing White House Press Secretary Dana Perino wouldn’t share what it said, other than to say that it was similar to the well-wishes Bush has already shared.

Washington for the historic inauguration of the 44th president. The unpopular incum-

bent and Obama stood with their wives on the Capitol steps smiling and laughing. The two men

hugged and clasped hands one final time, sealing the transfer of power. Bush actually began the first few minutes as an expresident listening to a musical prelude at the swearing-in ceremony. Obama had not yet taken the oath of office, but while the musicians played, he became president at noon, according to the Constitution. AP

The current and former presidents hug as Bush departs D.C.

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Welcome, at last, to America


ou could see it on the thousands of black faces in the crowd at Barack Obama’s inauguration yesterday: The Dream is realized. I wish with all of my heart that I could have more of a personal connection and understanding of what this must have felt like for them. It must have been amazing. It was for me, too, in my own way.


veryone’s eyes were fixed on the big screens in the audience as Obama took the oath of office. But my eyes were on someone else who caught my attention. A single tear ran down the cheek of a young girl, perhaps in

 6:55 a.m.

In an hour, we’ve only traveled through three stops. We’re obviously not getting anywhere on the train. Time for Plan B. We bail and walk the mile to the Capitol. Looks like everyone else had the same idea. On 18th Street, it’s like a sea of people spilled onto the road. Cops block off traffic as people fill the street from one sidewalk to the other.

her early teens. What it must have been like for this girl, with her whole life ahead of her, to know that for the rest of her life, anything really is possible. Her mother bent down and pressed her lips against that tear, kissing it away. Freedom.


oung black boys on their father’s shoulders getting a glimpse of something their parents perhaps never thought they’d see. Freedom. Old black women breaking out into song and dance as though they’d never felt the spirit move them to do so in years. Freedom. I looked at them all, and I said to myself: “Welcome to America.”

 7:40 a.m.

inch of walking room. On big screens, the “We Are One” celebration concert plays in the background. Waves of people wave American flags and dance while singing, “You know you make me want to shout!”

 10 a.m.

Two hours of freezing temperatures are beginning to weigh spectators down as the inauguration program begins. No one really cares about the San Francisco choir, even though they sound pretty. “Bring out Obama!” people begin to scream.

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Former President Bush arrives at the gathering. Loud boos roar from the crowd. “Get out of our Capitol!” one man bellows as he holds up an Obama poster.

 11:57 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is sworn in to meager applause. Yeah, Biden’s great, but that’s not who the people came to see.

 12:05 p.m.

We arrive at the National Mall to cheering crowds chanting, “Fired up! Ready to go!” From the Capitol building to the Washington Monument, there isn’t an

The man of the day places his hand on the Bible to be sworn in, and the crows becomes a sea of red, white and blue as people wave American flags and chant “Obama.” METRO/GW

Blogarithms A look at the best of the blogs

Like, omigod, Obama! Quick to the draw, the Super Shallow Blog gets deep into the best parts of Obama’s inaugural speech. •“Awesome! Amazing! Inspirational! Sensational! Obama’s Speech! President Obama’s speech was beyond amazing. I know no words in the English vocabulary that can do justice, fully, to how sensational and inspirational that speech was. I am very proud of my president. He exudes confidence, security and intelligence. I’ve no doubt that he’s the right man for these hard times.”

Reaction from Canucks Canadian celebrity blog gives us a perspective on the inauguration from up in Toronto. • “There are still some world events you need to experience live with a bunch of people in front of a television. Obama taking the oath of office today was one such event. When Obama spoke those last words of his swearing in, ‘… and defend the Constitution of the United States’ — the crowd in the downtown Toronto mall erupted in cheers. Another example of Canadians feeling more passion and interest towards U.S. politics than our own.”

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

08 inauguration issue: news

The time for talking is over, now for the action

Reaction from around the world


President Barack Obama’s campaign promises are about to be put to the test. “If you think about all that’s going to happen, it’s a bit like a stack of pancakes: You’ve got housing, autos, finance, infrastructure to deal with all on top of one another, and that’s before you start throwing on health care or trade issues or 14 other things that will arise,” Thomas J. Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told Business Week. Meanwhile, according to Columbia University sociology professor Dana R. Fisher, moving forward with all of the promises in the current economic climate “would be political suicide.” What do But not doing so you think? could alienate a lot of support, she warned. letters@ Some of Obama’s Guantanamo, Iraq, the economy: Obama is not short of work to tackle this morning. first 100 days priorities will be: which won’t re- ic package won’t go far 17 and put them into effect duce the 7 percent enough and that the coun- by the end of March. unemployment rate. try might need up to a trilEconomic Foreclosure prevention: Oba- lion dollars to help failing Around the world stimulus ma would spend between banks. Recovery package: House De- $50 billion to $100 billion Automakers: The $13.4 bil- Guantanamo Bay: Obama is mocrats are working on an keeping people in their lion in government loans expected to issue an execu$825 billion plan. And homes — no matter how that GM and Chrysler re- tive order this week that even when it does pass, awful their mortgages. ceived last year included a would shut the military deObama’s advisers have said provision that they pro- tention facility. they only expect to create TARP 2.0: Some economic duce plans on how they’ll or save 3 to 4 million jobs, advisers say the Democrat- fix their companies by Feb. Israel and Gaza: Obama is expected to name former Sen. George J. Mitchell as his Middle East envoy. Expect Mitchell and Secretary of State-designate the precursor to his conto start his term, but he President George W. Bush Hillary Clinton to get their troversial No Child Left was dogged by missteps He created the White feet wet before making Behind. along the way, including House Office of Faithany big promises. his handling of selling a Based and Community stimulus package and he initiatives, attempted to President Bill Clinton Iraq and Afghanistan: He’s slow down environmental Clinton steered a $1.5 tril- was forced to withdraw expected to instruct the his first nominee for regulations and sent to lion budget plan through Pentagon today to get comattorney general. Congress plans that were Congress in record time bat troops out of Iraq with-

What Bush, Clinton did first

Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa:

“Your election to this high office has inspired people as few other events in recent times have done.”

in 16 months and to hear plans for sending as many as 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

Education Education: $100 billion will help school districts avoid the impact of state budget cuts. Changes to President Bush’s controversial No Child Left Behind will also be discussed. Pell grants: Obama

said he’d expand the Pell Grant program that helps millions of middle-class families send their children to college. Congress hasn’t fully funded the program in 30 years, but the stimulus package may come close.

A good speech. Great? We’ll see Robert Schlesinger is one of the leading scholars on presidential speeches (his book, “White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters,” is out now in paperback from Simon and Schuster).



“Yesterday’s speech had all of the classic themes of inaugural addresses. You know: ‘We face very tough problems but will overcome them using our core classic values,’” he said. Obama seemed “hesitant to start.” Schlesinger was

also mum on how Obama’s speech will rank in the presidential history. “It’s too soon. We just don’t know if we are witnessing the birth of a new era or if it will just be more of the same.” DOROTHY ROBINSON/METRO

“I hope my girl will grow as tough as Michelle.” Elver Montano, mayor of Puerto Tejada, Colombia, where sugarcane-cutting descendants of African slaves watched on big screens:

“The people here see themselves represented in Obama.” Hamed Mohaghegh, 21, a student in Tehran:

“It seems that everyone can have a part of Obama’s change, except Iran.” Abu Ali, cafe owner, Baghdad:

No zingers Schlesinger said there were no “instant takeaways.” “We won’t know for a while which line is going to resonate with people,” he said.

Christine Aoko, a new mother in Obama’s ancestral Kenyan village of Kogelo, named her new daughter Michelle:

Presidential speech historian Robert Schlesinger

“All American presidents are the same and that we are a playground for their interest.” METRO


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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Cussin’, hollerin’ at Lorena’s Bar Obama's supporters celebrated riotously yesterday. Meanwhile, in the Deep South..... Two dozen people watched from Lorena’s Food & Spirits in Dawsonville, Ga. It’s deep in McCain Country and, depending on who you believe, an upmarket eatery — or a foul-mouthed biker bar. “Normal crowd for lunch,” said a woman who answered the phone. Any cheering? “There’s none of that here,” snapped the woman, who declined to give her name. “They think he’s walking into a hornet’s nest and he can’t do everything he says he’s going to,” she said.


Upscale eaterie, or biker bar?

“We probably have at least a thousand customers on a regular basis. There was one that was for Obama.” On Thursdays, Lorena’s is a biker bar. “Our bikers are doctors and lawyers,” she said. A reviewer on a local Web site disagreed. Lorena’s had become “just a Biker Bar with a lot of cussing and loud profanity,” the customer moaned. Obama lost Dawson County to Sen. John McCain, 83-16 percent. METRO

“I know from my establishment we would have liked to see McCain. We probably have at least a thousand customers on a regular basis. There was maybe one that was for Obama.”

Metro question Did you find the inauguration inspiring? Kristen Negrotti, 18, Beverly, Mass., Student "I thought it was a good way to start the presidency. It got everyone fired up."

Kristen De Troia, 18, Boston, Student "It was powerful."


John Keane, 20, Boston, Student "I was happy. I was able to take the things I find annoying and found them hys-

Gabriel Graetz, 20, Boston, Student "I thought Rick Warren was laughable. The whole thing was awkwardly staged."

Thrilling, scary, fiery, awkward, energizing

The politicians, the commentators, the celebrities, the columnists have all had their say on yesterday’s historic events. We thought it was time the people of New York, Philadelphia and Boston told us what they thought. METRO

Alex Cohen, 27, IT technician Philly “I hold him in the same regard him as any politician [but] he will follow through on his promises more than [others].”

Walter Epps, 53, Utility Worker, Philly “He’s a good man. With the backing of the American people, he is going to do just fine.”

Judith, Harlem “Scary. There's a lot on his plate. Hoping people will work with him because the problems he’s facing were not created overnight.”

Ronnisha Henderson, 18, Student, Philly “With a group effort, I think Obama will fulfill his promises even if it takes awhile. I’m just hoping for better financial aid.”

Gary Pinkney, 50, Social Worker, Philly “Obama is the glue that brings us all together, regardless of race, nationality, or creed.”

Maxine, Mt. Vernon, New York “We are all energized to work.”

Jonas, Denmark “It’s great. Greater than I expected.”

Curtis, Bronx, with daughter Jylee, 4 “A turning point in history. I was skeptical. But here we are. Now. It feels absolutely wonderful.”

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ALL SMILES. President-elect Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel makes a funny gesture ahead of the inauguration. SUSAN WALSH/AP


SWEARING IN. Hundreds of thousands watch on as Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in front of the U.S. Capitol. SAYYID AZIM/AP


react as President Barack Obama appears on a large screen, as thousands of people gather to watch the inauguration ceremony taking place in Washington, D.C., in Nairobi, Kenya. Across Kenya, neighbors divided by political violence only a year ago came together to celebrate their country’s favorite son.

CELEBRATION. National Voting Rights Museum and Institute

THUMBS UP. Sasha Obama congratulates her father after taking the oath of office.

Director Sam Walker gives thanks on the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.


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Three cheers for first lady’s style What do you think?

Michelle Obama got early mixed reviews from fashionistas for her inaugural ball gown. The dress, with white floral details was made by designer Jason Wu. Tell us what you think about the first lady’s style at


Washington, D.C. is obviously the place to be today as the town revels in a stream of inauguration festivities. And so we all wait with bated breath to see what the Barack Obama era will mean for our economy, the war and fashion. Yes, I said it, fashion. A New York Times article has already called Michelle “fashion’s one-woman bailout.” Could the expectations of her be any higher? Rather than take the

fashion risk she did with her love-it-or-hate-it, red and black Narciso Rodriguez dress on election night, she opted for a decidedly American chic and modern route, which works really well for her, for inaugural week. She began the festivities in a Zero by Maria Cornejo suit for the Whistle Stop train tour into D.C. and continued the week in a Narciso Rodriguez camel and black suit for the inaugural “We Are One” concert. Her choice for the big day? A strong, yet feminine yellow ensemble by fashion insider favorite, Isabel Toledo, an esoteric design-

er she has worn before. It’s an unexpected inaugural choice and sends a definite message. “We’re used to seeing women in the White House choosing Oscar de la Renta — very safe names, very safe choices. Michelle is adventurous and taking chances. It’s a totally refreshing change for the White House,” says Constance White, eBay’s style director. “But most importantly, her way of dressing is very accessible and relatable to everyday women,” she adds. And the American fashion industry lets out a collective cheer.

No more angry eyebrows FASHION. Fashion experts noticed a subtle change in first lady Michelle Obama’s appearance during yesterday’s appearances. “Ever since Barack accepted the nomination, there’s been a lot of press about how her eyebrows made her look really angry,” says beauty editor of Life and Style Magazine, Caitlin Kiernan. When comparing photos from August and yesterday, it’s clear that the first lady set

April 2008 out to soften those brows. “It’s not the fact that they were just too arched. It’s that they were too arched and thin,” adds Christiane Gendrey of Warren-Tricomi Salons. Kiernan speculates that




January 2009 Obama’s makeup artist, Ingrid Grimes-Myles, calmed those expressive arches by having the first lady grow them out, then reshaped the angle and used a lighter color pencil to tone them down.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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History broadcast in Harlem 125th St. watches the swearing-in of the first African-American president PHOTOS BY JASON B. NICHOLAS/METRO


Hundreds crammed the plaza at 125th Street and Seventh Avenue to watch yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inauguration on widescreen TV. Old friends David Manigo and Melvin Christopher met unexpectedly. They reminisced about the Harlem corner in the 1960s, before urban renewal built the state office tower named after Adam Clayton Powell Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Black Panthers were here,â&#x20AC;? Manigo said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;everybody walking around with a big Afro and a comb in the head.â&#x20AC;? The pair punctuated Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speech with shouts of affirmation, and they nodded gravely when he marveled that less than 60 years ago his own father â&#x20AC;&#x153;might not have been

Hundreds gathered in Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Plaza to witness the swearing-in of President Barack Obama yesterday. A statue of Powell (left), the first African-American to represent New York in Congress, rose above the crowd.

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The NYPD is on the lookout for a welldressed sexual predator who’s attacked two young girls in Manhattan. Police say the man, dressed in a suit and tie, attacked a 15year-old girl in Chelsea last week and a 12-year-old girl in Tribeca in November. In the latest incident, police say the man followed the girl into her building, dragged her into a stairway and forced her to fondle him before fleeing. AP


Plane crash

Still searching for airplane engine Due to darkness last night, divers stopped searching for the left engine of the US Airways jetliner that crash-landed in the Hudson River.They’ll resume today. Sonar equipment yesterday detected an object that could be Flight 1549’s missing engine. AP


Inaugural in a movie theater


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History In Times Square

Hundreds of hip-looking New Yorkers crowded into Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side yesterday, where they commandeered seats with their coats, bought popcorn and, as the lights went down, sat to watch CNN’s broadcast of Barack Obama’s swearing-in.

“I feel like the country has been a festering boil for the last eight years and someone just popped it. It feels really good.” Anne Saxelby, cheese vendor at the Essex Street Market

The audience hissed its villains (Chief Justice John Roberts, Vice President Dick Cheney, Pastor Rick Warren) and cheered its heroes (Justice Ruth Bader Gins-

burg, Malia Obama with her camera, Al Gore). When President Bush appeared someone shouted, “War criminal.” Justice Roberts asked

those in D.C. to stand during Obama’s oath, and the theater crowd arose, too, many snapping photos of the screen. They gave a standing ovation after Obama’s speech. A few even waved American flags. “He’s not making it seem like everything is OK because it’s not,” said Susan Bedusa, who works for a film production company. “But you get a sense of unity and you want to do better.” Hector Carrillo, 36, felt inspired: “It makes me think, ‘Why am I sitting around doing nothing?’ … I’m immature and irresponsible; 36 years old and still living like a frat boy.”

tions today. Parking meters are in effect. A blast of cold air is expected to keep temperatures

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People from near and far went to Times Square — the “crossroads of the world” — to experience history in the making yesterday. Camilo Nunoz, an engineering student from of Rio De Janerio, went to “see the American people celebrate.” Lopeti Etu from Brooklyn said, “I wanted to know what it’s like to be here with all the crazy people, out in the cold.” The temperature was 27 degrees. AP

Gov says Cuomo on list NEW YORK. Gov. David Paterson said for the first time yesterday that he is considering Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for appointment to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton. Cuomo has been considered a contender for

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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Word of the day

Pandiculation (pan-dik-yuh-LEY-shuhn), noun: An instinctive stretching, as on awakening or while yawning. METRO


People celebrate during the inauguration of Barack Obama at the National Mall yesterday.

President Obama will need our help, but not a free pass Marc Lamont Hill


illions of people descended upon the mall in Washington yesterday, and hundreds of millions more gathered in front of televisions to watch one of the most significant moments in American history. Barack Hussein Obama, a black man, became the 44th president of the United States of America. As significant as this moment was for its own sake, it also speaks to a bigger moment in American life: Our country is not only growing old, it just might be growing up.

As President Obama mentioned in his inaugural address, it was only a few decades ago that the idea of a black president was not only unlikely, but laughable. Today, our children will be born into a world where the image of a black president is not only realistic, but immediate.


n order to fully appreciate yesterday’s events, we must take full account of our nation’s deep and often dark history. The historic transfer of power that took place was merely cosigned with a pen’s ink. More importantly, it was written in the blood of legions of nameless and faceless freedom fighters who gave their lives to bring forth a world that they would never see. To ignore the significance of

“For America to truly mature we must also acknowledge its dark underside. Otherwise, all we have done is put a slave in charge of the plantation.” such a moment would not only be cynical, but disrespectful.


till, as we celebrate this watershed moment. It is important that we not become too self-satisfied, too pleased with our collective maturity. Indeed, it is one thing for a nation to finally accept that a black man can represent its interests. It is another thing entirely to

question the nature of those interests. The working poor will be no happier to know that a black man is undermining their prosperity. Gays and lesbians will see no moral victory in having their civil rights stripped away by fellow minority. Continental Africans will find no solace in the fact that one of their sons is aiding and abetting its exploitation. For America to truly mature, we must not

only acknowledge its bright light, we must also come to terms with its dark underside. Militarism, violence, consumerism, homophobia, patriarchy, anti-intellectualism, and countless other hallmarks of the American empire must die in order for a new, more mature America to be born. Otherwise, we have done nothing more than put a slave in charge of the plantation.


f course, the responsibility of seizing this moment does not start and end with President Obama. As Rev. Jesse Jackson aptly stated, the inauguration was merely the wedding; the marriage begins today. To keep this marriage healthy, we must commit ourselves to its continued growth and

development. This means pushing Obama to become the leader that he can be by being the citizens that we must be. This requires being just as critical of our new president as we were with his predecessor. This demands that we not retreat to the political sidelines until the next presidential election. To do so would be to squander one of the greatest opportunities that our nation has ever had. While I am not optimistic, I remain a prisoner of hope. Not in President Obama. But in our collective ability to not only grow old, but grow up. Marc Lamont Hill is a commentator on Fox News and assistant professor at Temple University. Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, or any opinions expressed on its pages.

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16 inauguration issue: the inaugural address

who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you. For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace. To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist. To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents. So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans. That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet. These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights. Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all. For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate. Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task. This is the price and the promise of citizenship. This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom. For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth. For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn. Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction. This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do. Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when

imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage. What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government. Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good. As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our found-

ing fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: Know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more. Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint. We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath. So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The Capitol was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people: “Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive ... that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].” America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Barack Hussein Obama

44th president of the United States of America. Tuesday, January 20, 2009


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

18 inauguration issue

“I’m not so afraid of getting old, I’m more afraid of how I’ll go. Fire and tight spaces don’t appeal. A shark would be interesting.” Brad Pitt, left, on his fear of death, according to Reuters. METRO


‘Lost’ does time warp again Series hasn’t reached the ‘point of no return’ — not yet AMBER RAY

“Lost” fans know better than to expect any sort of map to the mysteries surrounding Oceanic Flight 815 and its passengers. Through four seasons of smoke monsters, a ubiquitous number sequence and a time-traveling island, viewers are still more than a little, um, lost when it comes to figuring out the mechanization behind the series. And the first episodes of


... are all the better for utilizing this island-skipping time-travel element.”

There really is a method to the madness

Season 5, premiering tonight, aren’t exactly going to play out like a neat little guidebook. There will be a few jaw-dropping revelations to the “Lost” mythology — but best to let creators/executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof explain. The “Lost” cast circa 2009 — at least for now

The number of Oceanic Flight 815 survivors is dwindling Thanks to a flash-forward scene, “Lost” viewers know Locke (Terry O’Quinn) will eventually, somehow, wind up off the island and in a coffin. But Locke isn’t the PREPARE FOR A PROFESSIONAL CAREER IN



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only survivor — there are 20 remaining on the island when Season 5 begins — who will meet an untimely end. “A lot of the Red Shirts — not so lucky,” says Cuse, affectionately referring to the show’s extras after two

particularly action-packed upcoming scenes.

The journey this season — time travel Producers keep insisting it’s not where, but when the island exists that is central to

the “Lost” mythology. “It is kind of a variable mine field to do time travel; yet it also is incredibly exciting,” Cuse says, admitting the timehopping conceit doesn’t always translate well on TV. “The episodes of this season

“We feel part of the reason that the audience watches the show is [asking themselves], ‘When are [the creators] totally going to reach that point of no return where they’ve just messed things up so badly?’” Lindelof says. “And you can’t get to that point unless you’re taking risks. Hopefully as Season 5 unfolds, you will realize that time travel has been in the DNA of the show for quite some time. We think the audience is now prepared to go on that journey with us.”

What we’re in to Now: Jill Biden’s hooker boots Exactly what the (admittedly foxy) second lady was thinking when she donned those knee-high boots, we don’t know. Maybe it’s time she took a tip from her hubby’s campaign and, well, “change.”

Next week: Criticism over Michelle Obama’s green shoes Because we are totally original, notice how we decided to criticize Jill Biden’s choice of footwear instead of Michelle Obama’s. Not so next week. Every single publication (and we mean every single one) is going to wonder what stylist recommended dark green heels for her footwear.

In four years: The fashion world, having approved of the first and second ladies’ footwear years earlier and setting off a worldwide trend of green hooker boots, braces for the inauguration ceremonies of Obama’s second term. METRO


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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Jazz singer Alice Smith has some little-known information sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to impart about the late Eartha Kitt.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I heard that she was walking on her hands in her 70s,â&#x20AC;? Smith says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not flippinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; kid, she was that strong!â&#x20AC;? Smith is obviously a fan of the late singer: â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was the same Eartha Kitt all the way to end. She was so stellar.â&#x20AC;?

Kitt was the somewhat mysterious North Carolinaborn chanteuse perhaps best know for her vampy version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Santa Babyâ&#x20AC;? and role as Catwoman on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Batmanâ&#x20AC;? TV show. Smith is the somewhat mysterious Georgia and Washington, D.C.-raised chanteuse perhaps best know for her vampy hit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dream.â&#x20AC;? Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phrasing and inflection suggests the torch greats of the past, like Kitt. But she has a diverse appeal, with everyone from Rolling Stone to hip-hop heads touting her style. Grammy voters, too, got into the act when they nominated her debut, 2006â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Lovers, Dream-


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ers & Meâ&#x20AC;? for Best Urban Alternative Performance. Smith didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to the Grammy awards ceremony. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to do that one day but there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a need for me to go then,â&#x20AC;? says Smith, who lost to Lupe Fiasco and Jill Scott. She might get a shot at another trophy soon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Smith says sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearing completion of her follow-up and is testing the new songs on the road. If she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get another Grammy nod this time around, perhaps sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll still keep singing into her twilight years, walking on her hands.

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Aniston could dart into a busy intersection, according to Hollyscoop. No word on what, if anything, Aniston did as thanks when Norman was returned safe and sound.

Teen sensation Miley Cyrus and her 20year-old boyfriend, Justin Gaston, got a stern lecture from her pastor after getting caught sending each other text messages during a church service in Montrose, Calif. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They thought they could fool people, but Miley couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop giggling,â&#x20AC;? an insider tells Star magazine. The two became so disruptive that the minister had to take them aside and give them a talking-to. NED EHRBAR/METRO

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

20 inauguration issue: entertainment

Don’t call her Miss Sundance SUNDANCE “I’m a New Yorker, and in film festival’09 New York you have to be able to blend into the massOlivia Thirlby is es. And I plan on continuing as familiar at Sundance as Thirlby iced-over sidewalks and to do that.”


promotional vodka. She first came in 2007 for “Snow Angels” (whose director, David Gordon Green, later cast her in, then un-cast her from, “Pineapple Express”). She hasn’t missed a festival since, showing up last year for “The Wackness” and this year for “Arlen Faber.” Somewhere in between, she made a little movie called “Juno.” Maybe you’ve heard of it. This is your third year here. Are you starting

to feel like Miss Sundance?

No, I would never bestow that title on myself. But I’m bummed to be leaving early this year, especially because the weather is so amazing. It’s so much warmer than in New York. When I stepped off the plane I was like, “It’s summer vacation.” I was totally prepared for a long-underwear Sundance.

I know, me too. The week before I came

here I was patrolling vintage stores for the biggest, wooliest sweater I could find and I bought three. I haven’t worn any of them. Are you and David Gordon Green still friendly?

Oh God, yes. What happened with “Pineapple Express” was nothing. It was completely taken out of context. We’re working together right now on his animated series. The “Pineapple” thing was all bulls—t. I’m a huge


Two festivals and one little film called ‘Juno’ after her Sundance debut, Thirlby still enjoys relative anonymity

fan of Seth Rogen and James Franco. I have a mini-crush on both of them. God, they’re both so hot. Ugh. How do you feel about skinny Rogen?

I support any Rogen. Big, little, mediumsized. Do people here treat you differently than they did two years ago?

I actually don’t get recognized much. I lead a really lame, boring lifestyle where I ride the subway every day and read the Metro. No you don’t.

I really do. My point is I’m a New Yorker, and in New York you have to be able to blend into the masses. And I plan on continuing to do that.

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Thirlby stars in “Arlen Faber” at Sundance.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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Nakajima on the five best sci-fi movies ever Film critic vs. Daniel Holloway

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One of the most talked about foreign dramas at Sundance this year is Japanese import â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Clone Returns Home.â&#x20AC;? Its director, Kanji Nakajima, shares his five favorite scifi movies of all time.

1. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stalkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (1979) dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

From left to right: Kanji Nakajima, translator Hikari Ohta and Stanley Kubrick.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Profoundly abstract, a deeply original work of cinematic art, Tarkovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stalkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; represents the essence of humanistic sci-fi.â&#x20AC;?

2. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;2001â&#x20AC;&#x2122; (1968) dir. Stanley Kubrick â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been 40 years, but Kubrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;2001: A Space

Odysseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; remains the monumental masterwork of modern sci-fi.â&#x20AC;?

The first â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Godzillaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film is symbolic of the profound suffering of postwar Japan.â&#x20AC;?

3. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Godzillaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (1954) dir. Ishiro Honda

4. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Solarisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (1972) dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a Japanese person, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to overlook the importance of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Godzilla.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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verywhere I went in Park City last year, people were flabbergasted that I had no interest in skiing. Folks who know me are well aware of my contempt for physical activity. But strangers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the father and son from Boston at my hotel, the female ad exec from L.A. on the bus, Colin Farrell â&#x20AC;&#x201D; urged me to find time in my busy schedule watching movies made by NYU grads and avoiding Paris Hilton to hit the slopes. I ignored them. But this year, I decided to go snowboarding. Confident that I would make an ass of myself, but hopeful that all those people in the Oakley goggles that make

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

22 inauguration issue: entertainment The download

connection We share three of our favorite song downloads and you guess how they relate to each other.

1.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changesâ&#x20AC;? by 2Pac 2.â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Presidentâ&#x20AC;? by Young Jeezy and Nas 3.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paris for Presidentâ&#x20AC;? by Paris Hilton

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Piece of Me,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; written by Britney I am ... trying to find my seat JAE C. HONG/AP


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Dorothy Robinson Nas Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the connection? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of obvious how these songs connect, but is there anything on your mind that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involve Barack Obama? 1. In this 1998 rap, 2Pac says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although it seems heaven sent, we ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready, to see a black president.â&#x20AC;? 2. Nas raps, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yo Obama for real, they gotta put your face on the five-thousand dollar billâ&#x20AC;? in this jam from summer â&#x20AC;&#x2122;08. 3. Less serious, but no less passionate, the heiress sings, â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the Palms chilling with the martini, Paris for president, your commander in bikini.â&#x20AC;? PAT HEALY/METRO

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lie to Meâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;


DRAMA. Tim Roth stars as a

DRAMA. Broke your new yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution already? May we suggest a new one? Do yourself a favor and catch up on the first season of this intense, twisty, Glenn Close-led legal thriller/mystery ASAP. Then watch the first two episodes of the current, second season online, and throw this episode in there too, because drama is rarely as good as seen tonight,

human lie detector who spots fibs through body language and facial expressions, and, naturally, uses the talent to help solve crimes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a by-thenumbers procedural in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Housianâ&#x20AC;?/Hugh Laurie vein, but the quirky Roth is always fun to watch. Honest. Series premiere 9 p.m., Fox

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Spectacle: Elvis Costello With â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; MUSIC. Heads up, music snobs

Reports (all of which are probably untrue) are trickling in that Britney Spears, 27, has been offered a ÂŁ10 million publishing deal for her autobiography. A source at Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Mirror says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the stories sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got are absolute dynamite. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kept diaries so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll leave out unless she wants to. Britney will talk frankly Spears about growing up

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elvis jams with Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Norah Jones and Rosanne Cash. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re welcome. 9 p.m., Sundance


Beyonce (aka Sasha Fierce) and her husband, a fuzzytopped Jay-Z, had a hard time finding their assigned seating yesterday at the inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

and how she went off the rails. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a gripping read.â&#x20AC;? Frankly, if this is

remotely true, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait. We have a feeling it will be like â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Million Little Pieces,â&#x20AC;? but written in Wingdings.



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Close stars in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Damagesâ&#x20AC;? when secrets from Pattyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Close) past with Daniel (William Hurt) are revealed. 10 p.m., FX AMBER RAY/METRO


Wednesday, January 21, 2009 “I think, unfortunately, he’s taking over a bad program with bad players right now” Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino on Barack Obama. Pitino campaigned for Rudy Guiliani during the primaries, but said he was thrilled by Obama’s speech yesterday. AP

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Sports Baseball in brief

METS. Right fielder Ryan Church and the Mets avoided salary arbitration, agreeing on a $2.8 million, one-year contract. Outfielder Angel Pagan also struck a oneyear deal. A pair of Mets remained in arbitration when players and teams exchanged figures: Starting pitcher John Maine asked for $3 million, with the club offering $2.2 million; and reliever Pedro Feliciano requested $1.95 million, while the team proposed $1.35 million. AP

Rocky road ahead for Nets KRISTIAN DYER

At the midway point of the season, the Nets appear as lost as an outof-state traveler on the New Jersey Turnpike. In their 105-85 loss to the Celtics on Saturday, coach Lawrence Frank benched starters Vince Carter and Devin Harris for the entire second half. The move threatens the stability of a fringe playoff team and could spiral it toward the NBA lottery. “It’s never happened before,” Harris said of the benching. This past year has been a lot of firsts for Harris,

though. The Nets’ point guard missed the playoffs for the first time in his career last season. And at 1922, the Nets held just a half-game lead for the final playoff spot before last night’s games. Tonight, they embark on a fourgame road trip. “What you’re looking at is the big picture with the team,” Frank said about the benchings. “There’s no secret that those guys are vital to our success. As a coach, you coach the whole team.” That “whole team” is playing decidedly average. They are on a three-game skid and have had just one winning streak of more than two games this season. Slowed by injuries to Har-


YANKEES. Right fielder Xavier Nady agreed yesterday to a $6.55 million, one-year contract with the Yankees, and center fielder Melky Cabrera accepted a $1.4 million, one-year deal shortly after exchanging proposed arbitration figures with the team. AP

Road test Tonight at N. Orleans Friday at San Antonio Saturday at Memphis Monday at Oklahoma City

ris and forward Yi Jianlian, the Nets have relied too heavily on rookie Brook Lopez and Carter to shoulder the load. “It is not about the teams we play, we understand how good they are,” said Carter, second on the team in scoring and one of two Nets to play every game this season. “The most important thing is for us to just play together. If we [as a team] are not right, everything else is going to stop.”

Harris, bothered by a rib injury, has missed three games this month. He had just seven points in 17 minutes in Saturday’s loss.

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nyone else getting a rather sizable shoulder shrug when you ask your friends about the Super Bowl? The Steelers tend to be boring. Remember their last trip to the Super Bowl, against the Seahawks? Snooze. How Jason McIntyre many Willie Parker dives into the pile can a sports fan handle? And the whole defense thing can be quite a buzzkill. their multiplication tables. Arizona? What do people think about Back at the end of the regular season, the Cardinals, a team from the vast and seall anyone wanted to talk about in ductive desert? * Other than Playmates (Jennifer Walcott, Arizona was the DUI arrest of Charles wife of Chicago Bears DB Adam Archuleta) Barkley — yeah, the one where he told and porn stars (Jenna Jameson), what good cops he was looking for sexual favors from a lady of the night. The Cards? They has ever come out of Arizona? were flying south for the winter, as usual. * Is that the team … Jerry Maguire … CuIn Pittsburgh over the last few years, ba Gooding Jr. … “Show me the money”? con men have been arrested for assuming * Is Glendale called “Arizona’s antique the identity of Steelers’ players and capital” because everyone living out trying to get free meals and attractive there is so old? women. Think dropping Kurt Warner’s Glendale just isn’t a city that bleeds football like, say, Pittsburgh. Gritty. Blue name gets you so much as an extra pancollar. Home to the cradle of cake at IHOP in Glendale? quarterbacks (Namath, MariYou think if Larry Fitzgerald crashed his motorcycle and flew through a no, Montana, Unitas, Kelwindshield, the residents of Glendale ly). Steel City is a place would be holding an all-night vigil in the that worships the streets, praying for a speedy recovery? pigskin. Kids in It’s worth noting, we hold no ill-will toschool know Tony ward Glendale, which is probably a swell Dorsett’s stats at city. It’s just not high on our vacation list. Pitt, the prowess And no, this Arizona ire has nothing to of the Steel do with Lu … Lu … Luis Gonzalez — first Curtain and the intricatime we’ve typed his name in years! cies of the Progress! Or the 2001 World Series. Immaculate ReJason Raj McIntyre covers athletes ception away from the field of play and runs like the popular Web site The Big Lead. Warner’s certainly they Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, warmed up to Glendale. or any opinions expressed on its pages. know

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Gallinari could rise against Suns TONY WILLIAMS NBA. Despite the momentous happenings yesterday, the Knicks weren’t focused on President Obama or the rematch with Mike D’Antoni’s former employer,

the Suns. Rather, how another transition was holding up, Danilo Gallinari into the rotation. The rookie had nine points in 16 minutes — his first real appearance — in Sunday’s win over Chicago. Expect more Gallo tonight against Phoenix. D’Antoni

will use him in the same role he had last week against the Sixers, when Gallo guarded point guard Royal Ivey instead of star wingman, Andre Iguodala. “Hey, if they wanted to go to Ivey more and not go with Iguodala, I was fine with that,” D’Antoni said.

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Asking James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine, to whittle down his mag’s annual list of 100 products, people and ideas that dramatically altered the food landscape (aka the Saveur 100) is like coaxing

an adoring mother to pick her most beloved child. “Parents never say they have their favorite children — but they do,” admits Oseland with an amiable laugh. The unabashed epicurean zones in on a handful of items that he deems essential and pivotal in the gastronomosphere this year.

1. Lidia Bastianich Oseland sings sweet praises for this Italian mother hen, a PBS regular best known for her cooking show, “Lidia’s Italy.” The gentle sixtysomething brings a sage-like presence to kitchens across the country, peppering accessible, homemade goodness with vivid travel segments that span the Mediterranean. “She inspires me to walk over to the kitchen,” he gushes. “She’s calm and intimate and a really great force in American cooking.”

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2. Fagor Duo pressure cooker Crucial for cooks on the go, the European version of this kitchen gadget transforms a languid two-hour affair into a manageable 25 minutes — minus that signature, alarming rattle. “When I was growing up, my mom would cook everything from artichokes to brisket in the pressure cooker,” shares Oseland. “With the Fagor Duo, it’s like they’ve furthered the technology and bettered the product.” www.fagor Fagor Duo


3. Homemade ketchup

4. The Brighton Bazaar

Though it’s an unlikely candidate for a DIY project, Oseland embraces the idea of churning out your own ketchup. “It’s satisfying at a primordial level,” he stresses. According to Saveur, Heinz’s 57 varieties can be traced back to 17th century China, where “ke-tsiap,” as it was born, began as a spicy melange of pickled fish and spices. The magazine’s homemade version is a unique combo of tomato puree, jalapenos and cloves, though Oseland admits that the real fun comes in experimenting. “It can be a mirror of your mood,” he adds.

“It’s 4 or 5 years old, and a knockout,” confesses Oseland, as he describes this Russian supermarket tucked in the vibrant folds of Coney Island. In addition to a wide array of authentic charcuterie and fresh bread, the best thing about this market is its breathtaking array of prepared foods — house-made pickles, traditional salads and borscht, just to name a few mouthwatering delights. “Like a quick trip to Moscow,” Oseland says (1007 Brighton Beach Ave., Brooklyn, 718-769-1700).

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If the looming recession is depriving you (and your wallet) of your favorite razzle-dazzle cocktails, why not attempt a bartender’s techniques in house? “Drinking out is great, but we can also make delicious drinks at home,” explains Oseland. His favorite tip includes igniting an orange or lemon peel for an oh-so-brief millisecond — just enough for a burst of flame to impart a luscious, citrus flavor into your favorite gin or whiskey drink.

6. Lion and Globe peanut oil A far cry from its processed American counterpart (Planters) the Hong Kong version — available at most Chinese grocery stores, according to Oseland -- is less expensive and boasts a majestic, golden hue. It’s signature smokey scent gives the average stir-fry dish a much-needed je ne sais quoi and even works as a base for a vinegarette dressing. “It’s a pantry staple,” says Oseland.

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losings and move-ins have started at Union City’s premier luxury high-rise, The Thread, where stylish one-, two- and three-bedroom residences, a fabulous amenities package and breathtaking views of the New York City skyline, can all be had for a fraction of the price offered at comparable condominiums. Luxury residences in this desirable new high-rise, located just two miles from mid-town Manhattan and right outside the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, feature some of the best spot-on views of Manhattan with one-bedroom condos from $310,000, two-bedroom condos from $360,000 and three-bedroom residences from $525,000. The building features a wondrous array of luxurious amenities, including: a rooftop terrace, Residents’ Lounge, fitness center, architecturally distinct lobby, and spacious children’s playroom. Additionally, The Thread boasts a doorman, concierge, putting green and an onsite parking garage.


Walk to Metro-North Train Station & only 35 minutes to Grand Central Station t Excellent access to I-287, I-95, & NYST Less than 5 minutes to City Center & The Westchester Mall


Sparkling full-size outdoor pool t Resident lounge and game room State-of-the-art fitness center with Cardio Theater


Each residence at The Thread features: a private balcony; individually controlled heat and AC; Bosch washer/dryer; bathrooms with custom-designed wenge cabinetry and vanities, custom tile throughout and polished chrome fixtures; as well as kitchens for entertaining, equipped with glass mosaic backsplashes, Caesarstone countertops and GE Profile stainless-steel appliances. Union City, located at the heart of New Jersey’s famed Gold Coast, has become a premier destination for both residents and visitors alike, with its diverse variety of bars and restaurants, stores and specialty shops. Accessibility and transportation to and from The Thread is exceptionally convenient either by bus, light rail or ferry. Apart from being only two miles from midtown Manhattan, Union City is located just one mile from the New Jersey Turnpike, four miles from the Garden State Parkway and is just minutes from all Hudson River crossings and Newark Liberty International Airport.

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The PowerHouse – Its time to make a power move

Lowest Prices Ever For The Next 16 Buyers One BR from $325,000 Two BR/Two BA from $475,000 Featuring NYC Skyline and Harbour Views

Amazing 3.9%* Fixed 30-Year FHA Financing Up To 96.5% of Purchase Price

Over 75% Sold and Occupied No other Developer in the Metro area can come close to offering this value and no other community in Jersey City can match The Beacon’s finishes, amenities and lifestyle.

he PowerHouse, located in Long Island City and New York’s first power plant to residential conversion, is the former home of a Pennsylvania Rail Road power station. Now ready for occupancy, The PowerHouse offers residents a unique combination of space, value, and amenities all with sweeping views over the East River.


to over 1,700 sq. ft. and prices start as low as $650/sf.

Designed by Karl Fischer with interiors by Andres Escobar, the 177 loft-inspired studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences feature generous layouts, spa-like baths, gourmet kitchens and walk-in closets. Residences range in size from approximately 600 sq. ft.

The PowerHouse is ideally located one block from the waterfront, one subway stop from Manhattan on the 7 train and steps from hot restaurants and destinationslike Gantry Plaza State Park, Water Taxi beach The Noguchi Museum, MoMA’s P.S.1, and Five Pointz.

At The PowerHouse, everything is under one roof. You’ll enjoy bigger spaces, better layouts, higher ceilings, on-site parking, and luxury amenities. These include a fitness club and spa, landscaped roof deck, residents lounge, media room and business center.


Visit today. Once these 16 homes are gone, You may not be able to find an offer like this again! 4 Beacon Way, (a.k.a 50 Baldwin Ave, on Montgomery St.) Jersey City, NJ Call for complimentary VIP Shuttle Service pick-up from the Grove St or Exchange Place Path Stations.


*Based on Sponsor Buy-Down of current FHA interest rate and subject to change based on prevailing available rates at time of purchase.

Offering by Owner/Developer. This is not an offer to sell, or solicitation of offers to buy the condominium units in states where such an offer or solicitation cannot be made. This is not an offer to sell or solicit offers to buy the condominium units, which offer or solicitation may only be made by a Public Offering Statement registered with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (“DCA”) and is not an offer to sell or solicit offers to buy the condominium units in any state where such offer or solicitation cannot be made without registration or approval from that state. Oral representations cannot and should not be relied upon as correctly stating the obligations of the Developer, which obligations are set out in the Public Offering Statement number R3968 (Baldwin Asset Associates Urban Renewal Company, LLC) R3968A (Rialto-Capitol Urban Renewal Company, LLC).

At Home with NEW YORK • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009


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