Hotel bar, Amman, Jordan (12:12 p.m. EST) (7:12 p.m. UTC)
Obama says he rejects the choice between our safety and our ideals. A cell phone rings, and an American woman answers it. A guy at the bar cracks peanut hulls. There's a pile of shells on the floor around him.
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"[January the 20th] is a scheme to replicate the great British documentation/ethnography project of the '30s, mass observation. I don't know who's launched this remake but it's a great opportunity to build up a picture of the actual America--not Bill Kristol's, not Jon Meacham's, not MSM's. Teachers, put your students to work! Journos, tell everybody!"
-Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism and Sociology, Columbia University
King George VI
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