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The Big Picture

Amazing photos of the inauguration of President Obama.

Obama is a Great Leader

There were concerns raised about Obama’s leadership yesterday. A blogger claimed that he saw Obama using a Zune. Many people have never heard of Zune. A Zune is Microsoft’s copy of the iPod. Apparently you can find them at stores somewhere in Canada now.

And the folks at Microsoft were delighted at the news. Obama seen using a Zune! Time to get the PR machine moving. Examples are here and here. Pretty much everywhere on the blogosphere.

It has been confirmed that Obama is not a user of Microsoft’s Zune music player. An Obama spokesperson put the rumor to rest, saying “Not true, the President-elect uses an iPod.”

Obama, being a great leader, is an Apple guy. MacUser was talking about what Obama had on his iPod back in June and also highlighted that Obama and the rest of his family are Mac users.

Philadelphia City Paper blogger Neal Santos, who started the uproar after seeing Obama at a local gym, stands by his assertion that he saw Obama using a Zune.

Glad that all got settled.

An Economic Crisis of Historic Proportions

Looks like the economic crisis is going to be long and deep.

Reuters carried a piece yesterday outlining Obama’s perspective on the economic crisis. A few of the highlights — or should I say lowlights:

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama said on Saturday he was crafting a two-year plan to fight an economic crisis of “historic proportions” …

… leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum called for a global free trade deal to offset the economic crisis.

Obama said, “There are no quick or easy fixes to this crisis, which has been many years in the making, and it’s likely to get worse before it gets better.”

… swift and bold action was needed to prevent a deep slump, a spiral of falling prices and millions of job losses.

“The news this week has only reinforced the fact that we are facing an economic crisis of historic proportions,” Obama said.

I admit that I get a little nervous when the president-elect of the world’s largest economy, and a person who campaigned on hope, starts saying things like an economic crisis of historic proportions. And more so when Wikipedia dedicates a page to it.