February 2, 2009

February 2, 2009
Hillary Confirmed as SOS

Today is Tuesday and it was a nasty day from start to finish.

I started off my day as usual with a protein shake and a workout. Today was pecs and triceps with two sets on each exercise. The whole workout took about 70 minutes. Still getting back to 100 percent in the gym after my last injury. Will hopefully be back to three sets on each exercise in the next few weeks.

Talk about nasty day, another cold front is working from the north causing cloudy skies, constant drizzle and light rain all day. We are expecting are low temperatures to be in the low 20s for the next couple of days. Luckily, I only have two events this week and one of them is during the day.

Can someone please book me on a cruise to the southern Caribbean? But seriously, it is still nothing compared to what people are going through in other parts of the country. There are still millions without power in subfreezing temperatures that we need to keep in our thoughts and prayers.

But for those of us who had power today, we could watch Hillary Clinton as she was sworn in as Secretary of State. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood alongside former President Bill Clinton, mother Dorothy Rodham and daughter Chelsea Clinton for the formal swearing in of the 67th Secretary of State.

But the ceremony was not as formal as one might expect.

Before the event began, actor and comedian Chevy Chase distracted the crowd by standing in front of a line full of cameras blocking their shots. He joked, "Am I in the way?" as the cameras snapped away at guest who seemed just a bit unlike the others in the room.

Just weeks after taking a jab at Chief Justice Roberts for his missteps when administering the oath for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden stumbled on a few words himself as he did the honors administering the oath for Clinton. Roberts twist of words caused the precautionary White House to swear in President Obama for a second time, but Clinton's ceremony today was already her second as a a special ceremony for friends and cameras to see, unfortunately for the VP.

After the oath, Clinton joked, "As Joe laughingly referenced, neither one of us thought that we would be standing here together, doing what we are now doing together. Life has a funny way of unfolding. And politics is even stranger."

But the crowd roared even louder with laughter after the new Secretary thanked her husband and cracked a joke that made the former president turn beet red.

"I am so grateful to him for a lifetime of all kinds of experiences," Secretary Clinton said as the crowd erupted with laughter and applause, "which have given me an extraordinary richness that I am absolutely beholden to and grateful for."

The decorated room on the eighth floor of the State Department was full of Washington insiders. Four previous secretaries of State attended the ceremony. Obama Transition co-Chairman and Former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta was seen chatting with former Secretary of State James Baker. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid were also in attendance.

One more piece of Obama's administration in place, off and working. The future should prove to be very interesting.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab