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By Dan | January 13, 2009

USA Service - Barack Obama’s call for a National Day of Service on January 19th.

Bill’s Best Eats - Are you coming to DC for the Inauguration? Bill’s got some great restaurant recommendations. And…

Bill’s Must See List - Places to check out while you’re in DC for the Inauguration.

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Bill tells the Australian media how he feels about John Howard in the Blair House

By Dan | January 8, 2009

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation spoke with Bill yesterday, asking him about John Howard staying in the Blair House, leaving Barack Obama to fend for himself while he gets ready to take over the White House. Article is below….

US media jumps on Howard’s Obama bump

Former prime minister John Howard and his wife are coming in for a bit of stick in the United States for their role in bumping President-elect Barack Obama and his family from the presidential guesthouse in Washington.

Mr Howard accepted an invitation to stay at historic Blair House on the night before he receives the presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W Bush.

Mr Howard says he had no idea he was going to displace Mr Obama when he accepted a White House invitation to stay at Blair House some months ago.

But in doing so he has inadvertently denied the Obamas from using the palatial guest house, the place where incoming presidents usually stay before their inauguration.

Mr Obama asked to stay at Blair House but was told no, so he and his young family are now living at the luxury Hay-Adams hotel, just around the corner.

The President-elect wanted to move in at the start of the year so his daughters could get settled and start at their new school.

But now the Obamas will not be able to move into the official guest house until after the Howards leave.

One lucky Australian”

The affair has caused a minor stir in the US. The Washington Post is running a story with photos of Blair House and John Howard below the headline: “119 rooms, 70,000 square feet and one lucky Australian”.

Washington talk radio show Bill Press has also expressed his astonishment.

“I have to say with all due respect to our friends in Australia that I think our future leader far outranks, or should far outrank your former leader,” he said.

“I think it’s an insult to the American people. I think it’s an insult to Barack Obama and I think it is George Bush just paying off one of his old pals.

“There are a lot of hotels in Washington that John Howard can go rent a hotel room. Rent a Holiday Inn, rent a Hilton inn. Get a room at the Hilton inn. Sleep in the park. But to put him in the Blair House over Barack Obama I just think is outrageous.”

Mr Howard’s stay at Blair House was also the subject of an on-air chat between the veteran political columnist Margaret Carlson and MSNBC presenter Keith Olbermann.

“It would have been a small thing for the Bushes to say yes. They still have control over Blair House and they decided to say no,” Ms Carlson said.

Mr Olbermann responded: “There’s one caveat here. Given how unpopular John Howard is in Australia at the moment, it’s possible that he’s coming here to seek political asylum so he might need the whole place.”

“Right, and that no hotel would take him,” Ms Carlson added.

Mr Howard and Barack Obama have a bit of history, of course.

They clashed swords in early 2007 over Mr Obama’s plan to withdraw US troops from Iraq - which would have made sharing Blair House more than a bit awkward for both men.

-Adapted from a report by Michael Rowland for AM.

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Obama Radio Nation 2009

By Dan | December 16, 2008

Join Bill and Washington, DC’s OBAMA 1260 at OBAMA RADIO NATION 2009! Bill, Stephanie Miller, and other Progressive Talk Radio Hosts will celebrate Barack Obama’s inauguration on Sunday, January 18th, 2009 at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium.

Along with special guests and a live band, you can be there too! Orchestra and General Admission tickets are available - Purchasing an Orchestra Ticket gets you into a special VIP reception afterward.

Click here to purchase tickets!

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Recent Links from the show

By Dan | December 16, 2008

Things Bill mentioned today…

  • Dick Cheney opens up about his hard-line stance (ABC News)
  • Sheet Metal Workers International Association
  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
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    Bill’s Inauguration Resource Center

    By Dan | December 10, 2008

    We are the official morning show of the Obama Inauguration. Everything you need to know is in Bill’s Inauguration Resource Center!

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