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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #397: Thanksgiving Leftovers

BARACK OBAMA: His Thanksgiving YouTube address. Also transcribed, AFTER THE JUMP...

RACHEL MADDOW: What she's thankful for.

MACY'S PARADE RICK-ROLLED: Rick Astley appears at the parade's best moment.

ROSIE LIVE: Clay Aiken arrives for a lame gay joke on what was perhaps the worst television special I've ever witnessed. Others agreed.

Remarks of President-elect Barack Obama
Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Good morning.

Nearly 150 years ago, in one of the darkest years of our nation's history, President Abraham Lincoln set aside the last Thursday in November as a day of Thanksgiving. America was split by Civil War. But Lincoln said in his first Thanksgiving decree that difficult times made it even more appropriate for our blessings to be -- and I quote -- "gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people."

This week, the American people came together with family and friends to carry on this distinctly American tradition. We gave thanks for loved ones and for our lasting pride in our communities and our country. We took comfort in good memories while looking forward to the promise of change.

But this Thanksgiving also takes place at a time of great trial for our people.

Across the country, there were empty seats at the table, as brave Americans continue to serve in harm's way from the mountains of Afghanistan to the deserts of Iraq. We honor and give thanks for their sacrifice, and stand by the families who endure their absence with such dignity and resolve.

At home, we face an economic crisis of historic proportions. More and more Americans are worried about losing a job or making their mortgage payment. Workers are wondering if next month's paycheck will pay next month's bills. Retirees are watching their savings disappear, and students are struggling with the cost of tuition.

It's going to take bold and immediate action to confront this crisis. That's why I'm committed to forging a new beginning from the moment I take office as President of the United States. Earlier this week, I announced my economic team. This talented and dedicated group is already hard at work crafting an Economic Recovery Plan that will create or save 2.5 million new jobs, while making the investments we need to fuel long-term economic growth and stability.

But this Thanksgiving, we are reminded that the renewal of our economy won't come from policies and plans alone -- it will take the hard work, innovation, service, and strength of the American people.

I have seen this strength firsthand over many months -- in workers who are ready to power new industries, and farmers and scientists who can tap new sources of energy; in teachers who stay late after school, and parents who put in that extra hour reading to their kids; in young Americans enlisting in a time of war, seniors who volunteer their time, and service programs that bring hope to the hopeless.

It is a testament to our national character that so many Americans took time out this Thanksgiving to help feed the hungry and care for the needy. On Wednesday, I visited a food bank at Saint Columbanus Parish in Chicago. There -- as in so many communities across America -- folks pitched in time and resources to give a lift to their neighbors in need. It is this spirit that binds us together as one American family -- the belief that we rise and fall as one people; that we want that American Dream not just for ourselves, but for each other.

That's the spirit we must summon as we make a new beginning for our nation. Times are tough. There are difficult months ahead. But we can renew our nation the same way that we have in the many years since Lincoln's first Thanksgiving: by coming together to overcome adversity; by reaching for -- and working for -- new horizons of opportunity for all Americans.

So this weekend -- with one heart, and one voice, the American people can give thanks that a new and brighter day is yet to come.

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  1. Re: Rosie. As I wrote on my Facebook status (yeah, I'm a dweeb) after viewing the debacle:

    "Jeffrey just sat catatonic, stunned, violated and raped by Rosie’s Live variety show. Alanis’ gibberish and Gloria Estefan’s 2-note range didn’t help. And, poor Liza!"

    Andy might be right - I can't recall a more horrifying variety show in all my years. This was worse than Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson - and that says it all!

    And THANK YOU President Obama – for not once mentioning ‘god’ in your Thanksgiving address. I’m not sure how long that will last, but it was refreshing not to have to listen to some voodoo bullshit when a politician speaks.

    Posted by: jeffreychrist | Dec 1, 2008 11:44:32 AM

  2. Great!

    Posted by: wow guide | Dec 1, 2008 12:26:47 PM

  3. "....but it was refreshing not to have to listen to some voodoo bullshit when a politician speaks"

    Don't you mean "Christian bullshit", JEFFREY? Although, Voodoo believers don't have the money or power that Mormons, but they don't deal in bullshit any more than other religious folks.

    Atleast, people who practice Voodoo may not be right-wing, anti-gay bigots.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 1, 2008 12:56:59 PM

  4. "...Voodoo beleivers don't have the money or power that Mormons do."

    They're both religious cults. Mormons can't play drums....not well.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 1, 2008 1:01:29 PM

  5. Relax DFP, I seriously doubt Jeffreychrist literally meant followers of voodoo...OY!

    Posted by: Brett | Dec 1, 2008 1:05:19 PM

  6. I am relaxed, BRETT. I wasn't chatising anybody--just presenting a thought.

    "DFP"? humph, you make me sound like some new position being used in porno videos.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 1, 2008 1:14:17 PM

  7. Okay, the Clay and Rosie exchange was an embarassment to humanity, but I have to disagree about Liza. That old junkie was performing at 1987 levels. I'm not saying 87 was the best vintage for Liza, but she still made Rosie look like a lox.

    Posted by: Rikard | Dec 1, 2008 1:24:17 PM

  8. Idunno? I watched "Rosie Live" and I thought it was okay. I thought she pulled it off. Her monologue was certainly better than the horrific, unfunny banal crap that was written by Bruce Valanche for the Emmy awards last year. The Rosie boob jokes were certainly better than to overtly sexist Fred Willard's "My hand is on Brooke Shields ass" bit.

    I thought the lighting was bad; way too dark. But the shtick was okay, en par with the old Dean Martin variety shows with the requisite parade of NBC celebrities. Jane K from "30 Rock" was good, as were the "The Lumbar Twins" dancing duo. Liza was good, but not stellar, then again, she is never good until the end of the second act. And the dancing food at the end was hysterical (bringing back memories of MAD-TV and Oprah seeing food in the audience). I did not recognize any of the numbers that were sung, but then it dawned on my that a lot of it was written specifically for that show (much like you would have in a variety show).

    The downside was the incessant commercial breaks.

    On a scale of 1 - 10, 10 being great, I give it a solid 5. Good effort for a first time out the gate. Three more "specials" to go to see if "Rosie Live" will be a weekly show.

    Posted by: Rad | Dec 1, 2008 2:24:04 PM

  9. RAD -- I think you're out of luck. NBC canceled any further shows.

    Posted by: Alan | Dec 1, 2008 5:53:51 PM

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