A mulleted Kanye West performs at MTV Youth Ball.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 20, 2009
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I’m watching the Balls tonight, and rewatched Obama’s speech courtesy faithful C-Span, which is faithfully re-showing events of the day including the parade which I’d missed watching with my buddies downtown this morning…and in between blogs, tonight, I checked out Boulder buddy Ryan Van Duzer‘s DC coverage. The Balls are fascinating in how they represent different parts of our history, different communities, different parts of our goverment…and how you get to know Barack and Michelle, who have to attend something like 20 of them tonight after a long day.

Here’s the drill: they turn up in regal tux and gown, Barack gives a little unique (somehow) inspiring (usually) speech, they do a brief ‘old school’ dance and Obama shouts a goodbye to a roaring crowd. And again. And again. And again. 20 times.

They’re gonna sleep well tonight, and they deserve it.

It’ll be a long day tomorrow, I know, Obama’s meeting with Chiefs of Staff and jumping right into it.

Click here for NY Times coverage. Or here. And ignore the talk about Obama being a clumsy dancer ’cause he kept stepping on Michelle’s lovely dress…the thing was so long and trailed so far that she herself had to bunch it up to move, walk, shuffle, breathe.

Highlight of the night thus far: President Obama(oh it feels good to say that)’s speech to the troops at one of the first Balls, and his speech to the youth at the Youth Ball, where earlier Kanye West had set the 5x capacity crowd wild [we’ll get better video up as it becomes available, this is the first and only vid on youtube just now]:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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