24 February 2009
State of the Union
Noted at State of the Union Address: big smiles on everybody standing behind Obama. Clearly Vice President Joe Biden (he of the flashing white smile) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (she of the very matronly attire that still somehow channeled Mao Tse Tung) knew they would be on camera during the entire speech. But the rest of the audience, while jumping to their feet several times to clap, didn't smile a lot. With one exception. The Junior Senator from Illinois, Roland Burris. The camera caught him looking as happy as any man ought in being somewhere that he paid the price to be. Figuratively, of course.