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Senator Richard Lugar to Be Honorary Co-Chair of Inauguration

It’s 28 days and counting till Barack’s big day, and the hopey-changey-unityness is just so thrilling! Today President-elect Obama announced the lucky honorary co-chairs of his post-partisan, post democracy celebration. They will be with him when he is annnointed as Unitary Executive with almost complete control of the American Empire. And he has invited a Republican to play a role in this unprecedented, even earthshaking event. According to the Indianapolis Star

President-elect Barack Obama tapped Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., to serve as one of 15 honorary co-chairs of his inaugural committee.

The position carries no responsibilities, according to Lugar’s office.

That’s nice. I don’t know that Obama is planning for his position to carry any responsibilities either. I think he’s expecting Hillary to do most of the foreign policy work; and of course he’ll have plenty of advisers and aides from his Chicago gang to run domestic affairs. But maybe he’ll see his way clear to take charge of redecorating the White House Exercise room so he can keep his pecs inflated (See Huffpo, if you dare). Better do a little work on those skinny legs though, Obie! Continue reading