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Welcome to Barackracy! A Play in One Exclusive Act.

Note: Thanks to chatblu at The Confluence for the term “Barackracy,” and for the inspiration for this play.

THE SCENE: Inauguration Day 2009, in the living room of JOE and JANE AMERICA. Comfortable furniture and toys belonging to their 2.5 kids and Labrador Retriever are strewn about. Their couch is facing a television set, which is on the fourth wall. Instead of seeing the screen, the words of the new President, Barack Obama, will be heard.

JOE and JANE AMERICA are seated on the couch, facing the audience.

JOE: Well, Jane, the new President gets inaugurated today. I guess we should hear what he has to say.

JANE (grumpily): Whatever. You know if he hadn’t picked Hillary as his VP, he never would have won.

JOE (sighing): I know, honey, I know. She just destroyed that Cantor guy in the debates. She made everyone feel like at least SOMEONE in the White House would know what they were doing. Oh well – let’s see what we’ve gotten ourselves into. (picks up a remote, points it at the audience and presses the power button)

VOICE OF ANNOUNCER: And now, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, will give his Inaugural Address.

VOICE OF OBAMA: My fellow Barackians, welcome to the first minute of my Presidency. And an incredible minute it’s been for all of us! I’ve already solved global warming, ended both wars, captured Osama bin Laden, destroyed Al Qaeda and fixed the economy. On top of these amazing achievements, racism is no longer a factor in America. Just like my followers always said, simply electing me has done all of these things. Am I awesome, or what?

JOE: What the hell is he talking about?

JANE: He’s lost it!

OBAMA: Since all of our problems are now resolved, you might wonder what I’ll be doing for the rest of my 8-10 years as President. I’m glad you asked! I will be devoting my time to implementing Barackracy. It’s democracy – but better!

JOE: Oh boy. I don’t like the sound of this at all.

OBAMA (with growing enthusiasm): Yes, Barackracy is a vast improvement over our old, uncool system of democracy. Let me tell you why. First thing we’re going to do is, every time Congress makes a law, we’re going to text you about it. That’s right – total transparency in government!

JANE: Hmmm, that doesn’t sound so bad.

OBAMA: And it’ll only cost you a few pennies for each special Congressional text! Proceeds will go directly to fund our Total Information Awareness program, sponsored by AT&T. Barackracy means you know we care, because we’re always listening!

JOE and JANE: D’oh!

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