This week’s presidential inauguration opened the door to a plethora of fun diversions. The biggest New Big Thing on the block has been the Obamiconme, a fun little website that lets you upload your own pictures or use your web cam to make your own Obama-esque poster images, which you can print as a poster or photo gift or just save and put on your many blogs. Not being one to avoid jumping on bandwagons, I made the following very cute obamiconmes with the help of my lovely assistant…
But the fun didn’t stop here, not by a long shot. Have you seen the photo gallery that gawker.com posted which shows the reactions of people everywhere during the memorable inauguration of President Barack Obama? Visible reactions may vary. People were all over the spectrum in this gallery, from weeping to incredulity, to seemingly no reaction at all – it’s what you’d expect and more and surely worth a look if you haven’t seen it yet.
Speaking of worth a look, MSNBC has a photo gallery of their own – a slide show of the first wives inaugural ball gowns throughout the ages. Beginning with Michelle Obama’s white chiffon gown designed by 26 year old designer Jason Wu, going back to 1953 with the gowns of Mrs. Eisenhower and Mrs. Nixon. It was really neat to see how the gowns changed over the ages, what was in style, who was in style, and who was not even a little bit in style (sorry Hillary).
Lastly, it seems like everyone was talking about the changes to whitehouse.gov which happened at 11am as Obama was being sworn in. You can see a comparison screenshot of what the website looked like just seconds before and even a comparison of what the website looked like when Bush first took office compared to today. It is amazing how far we’ve come here on the old interweb. You can go to baekdal.com for an extensive tour of all the changes and features now on the new whitehouse.gov including, “weekly videos, a blog, proclamations, executive orders, what they are trying to do, who they are, and – most importantly – ways for the American people to participate.”