THEY WERE SELLING ANY AND EVERYTHING OBAMA!

ONLY ONE PRODUCT BOTHERED ME!





I almost fell over when I heard a guy scream, “Obama air fresheners, get the Republican smell out of your car.” It was just a hint at the number of products being sold by vendors to cash in on the election of President Barack Obama. There were Michelle and Barack bobble heads as well as Obama bottled water. The only one I felt uncomnfortable with was a t-shirt created by a designer showing the President knocking out Senator John McCain in a boxing match. It sent a message I don’t think Obama is interested in and that’s divisiveness. Meanwhile, dozens of vendors were hoping to move their products as quick as possible with more than two million people who were in town for the event. But as time moved further from the late morning swearing in ceremony a lot of the Obama products got cheaper. One guy was selling his t-shirts for $10 each at about 10am. By the time 4pm hour arrived those shirts dropped to 3 for $10. Do you own any Obama products or paraphenalia? The Insite would like to hear from you!

SOME OF THE CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS AT THE INAUGURATION!

THAT’S THE TERMINATOR SITTING ON A BUS!



There were an unbelievable number of celebrities who made a trip to the east coast to take part in the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Everyone from Tom Hanks to singing legend Sting have been spotted around Washington. Obama really has drawing power when it comes to the A-List celebrities. There was a major concert on Sunday that included Beyonce’, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and the list goes on. I didn’t get out as much but I was able to catch some faces in the crowd. On the list Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Cornell West, Color Purple author Alice Walker and I spotted the Terminator on the bus with his wife Maria Shriver. That’s right it’s none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sorry for the poor shot but by the time I realized it was really him he was already on the bus!

THE BIG DAY FOR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!



Barack Obama, addressing his fellow Americans for the first time as president of the United States, offered a sobering assessment Tuesday of the challenges facing the nation, saying that despite the many crises the country faces, Americans will use their ingenuity and productivity to advance prosperity both at home and abroad.

In his inauguration speech, the nation’s 44th president told a record crowd of 2 million braving Washington’s winter and millions more watching on TV screens around the world that the U.S. remains “the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth,” and America will not be cowed by financial, moral, diplomatic or military threats.

The Insite wondered through the crowds and media area hoping to get as many shots as possible. I think I got too many so here goes the photos!

JILL BIDEN SAYS TOO MUCH TO OPRAH!

HE WAS OFFERED TWO JOBS BY OBAMA!

Jill and Joe Biden made a surprise appearance on Oprah, but the couple inadvertently made some news on the touchy-feely show.

Jill spilled the beans that Obama offered Joe the choice of being either vice president or Secretary of State. That was met with a quick, “Shhh” from Joe. Oops.

Later, Biden’s spokeswoman backed Biden away from the idea that he was offered either job. “Like anyone who followed the presidential campaign this summer, Dr. Jill Biden knew there was a chance that President-elect Obama might ask her husband to serve in some capacity and that, given his background, the positions of Vice President and Secretary of State were possibilities,” Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement. “Dr. Biden’s point to Oprah today was that being Vice President would be a better fit for their family because they would get to see him more and get to participate in serving more. To be clear, President-elect Obama offered Vice President-elect Biden one job only — to be his running mate. And the Vice President-elect was thrilled to accept the offer.”

On Oprah, Jill intimated that she preferred that Joe take the job that would keep him closer to home.

“If you’re secretary of state, you’ll be away, we’ll never see you, you know,” she said, per AP. “I’ll see you at a state dinner once and awhile. But I said, if you are vice president, the entire family, because they worked so hard for the election, they can be involved. They can come to our home. They can go to events, they can be with us all the time. And that’s what’s important to us.”

Biden “said he agreed after getting some assurances from Obama about his role. ‘This is a partnership,’ Biden said. ‘He’s president of the United States, but as I said to him when he asked me, I said, ‘Barack, don’t ask me unless the reason you’re asking me is, you’re asking me for my judgment. I get to be the last guy in the room before you make every important decision. You’re president. Any decision you make, I will back.”

THE TEXAS BLACK TIE AND BOOTS BALL!

REPRESENTING THE LONE STAR STATE AT THE INAUGURATION!









The Insite and thousands of other Texans made a stop by the Texas Black Tie and Boots Ball held Monday night in Maryland. The event was held at the new Gaylord Resort and Convention Center.
The ball is put on by the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C. Each year since President Bush was elected I hear the formal party just got bigger and bigger. Not sure how President-Elect Obama’s win will affect the popularity of the ball. There were lots of drinks and eats for all the guests along with tight security. Word was Denzel Washington was floating around but I never got a chance to see him. But I did run into Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee along with her son and daughter. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison stopped and posed for a picture. Senator John Cornyn was like a rock star greeting lots of his constituents and fans. Also, Congressman Gene Green and his wife agreed to take a picture after speaking to the Texas crowd. There was also a live band and country singer Neal McCoy performed. Here are the pictures from the Insite cam!

WASHINGTON D.C. IS LIKE A MADHOUSE!

ALL THE PEOPLE COME TOGETHER IN THE CAPITOL CITY!


It’s bumper to bumper people in our Nation’s Capital. Thousands, possibly millions of people have made the pilgrimage to Washington D.C. from all over the world to see the first African American sworn into the office of President. From Union Station to Capitol Hill, there were people everywhere and it was very hard to get around. But the one thing I noticed – people were all very happy and friendly. Strangers were talking to strangers. There seems to be a different type of togetherness shared by Americans not seen since 9-11. There are Obama supporters, Hillary supporters, and those who supported John McCain in Washington coming together as one. It’s a very strange and unusual feeling but one that should be continued on well after January 20th!

HEAVY SNOW IN PHILADELPHIA!

THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE COULD CARE LESS!



Before I made it to Washington D.C. on Monday I spent part of the weekend in Philadelphia. When I arrived there was lots of snow on the ground but none falling. I was excited but disappointed I didn’t see the big drop. But by the time I made it to the 30th Street Train Station the snow was coming down hard. But for those who live in the city it was no big deal. In fact, it was just a hassle that I chatted with. For me it was like being a kid in a candy store. I took lots of photos which automatically made me stick out like a tourist. Here are some of the shots from the city of brotherly love and home to the Independence Bell!

INSITE BUSINESS OF THE WEEK: I WONDER WHAT GOES ON HERE?

ARE YOU A FREQUENT CUSTOMER AT THE SPA?

The Insite spotted this business last week in north Houston just off Little York. It caught my attention because when you see a spa in the hood I don’t think it’s the kind of lady’s spa we think of. I decided to make this the Insite business of the week. What do you think happens in this little store front?

PRESIDENT BUSH COMMUTES SENTENCE OF BORDER PATROL AGENTS!

THE LATEST ON RAMOS AND COMPEAN!

On his last full day in office, President Bush commuted the sentences of two former Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a Mexican drug runner in 2005.

The imprisonment of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean had sparked outcry from critics who said the two were just doing their jobs. They had been sentenced to 11- and 12-year sentences, respectively.

Their prison sentences will now expire on March 20 of this year.

The two were sentenced in connection with the shooting of Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, who was shot in the buttocks while trying to flee along the Texas border. He admitted smuggling several hundred pounds of marijuana on the day he was shot and pleaded guilty last year to drug charges related to two other smuggling attempts.

Bush has been cautious in his use of pardon powers, and particularly careful when it comes to commutations of prison terms. Where a pardon is an official forgiveness of a crime (typically requested at least five years after the completion of a prison term), a commutation is a reduction of sentence.

Before Monday, the outgoing president had granted 171 pardons and nine commutations. By comparison, President Clinton granted 396 pardons and 61 commutations, many on his last day in office. President Reagan granted 393 pardons and 13 commutations.

A number of high-profile criminals had been requesting clemency from Bush for months.

Randall “Duke” Cunningham, a former Republican congressman from California, was among those seeking a commutation from Bush. Cunningham pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other charges for accepting $2.4 million in bribes in exchange for steering defense contracts to conspirators. He was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2006.

Former Democratic Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, who was convicted in 2000 on racketeering charges and later sentenced to 10 years in prison, was also appealing to the president for a reduction of sentence.

Former Republican Gov. George Ryan of Illinois was doing the same. Though he’s served only one year of his six-and-a-half year sentence — he was convicted on racketeering charges in connection with a host of schemes, including steering contracts to lobbyists and covering up bribes paid in return for truck drivers’ licenses — he’s earned the support of figures like Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat who recently sent a letter to Bush asking for Ryan’s release.

More than 2,100 clemency petitions were pending before the president. John Walker Lindh, the American who pleaded guilty to aiding the Taliban in 2002 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, had a commutation request before the president. Lindh’s parents had appealed to the president for their son’s release, saying he made a “mistake.”

Media mogul Conrad Black, who was convicted of fraud, was also seeking commutation, and former junk bond salesman Michael Milken, convicted of securities fraud, has requested a pardon, which is under review.

And Justin Volpe, the former New York City police officer sentenced to 30 years in prison for sodomizing and assaulting a Haitian immigrant in police custody in 1997, had requested a commutation.

One of the most significant clemency decisions by Bush so far was the call earlier in his second term to commute the 30-month prison sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, who was convicted of perjury and obstructing justice in connection with the 2003 leak of then-CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.

Libby was left with two years’ probation and a $250,000 fine, and had not requested a full pardon.

THE HOUSTON MARATHON WASN’T THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN!

THE BIKER GANG IN ACTION WITH TOM ZIZKA!

The Houston Marathon wasn’t the only activity in the Houston area today. The Bike Barn store in Katy held its monthly ride. Approximately 100 bike riders participated in the 35 to 45 mile event. Fox 26 morning anchor Tom Zizka, Tom’s wife Tracy, Fox 26 Wake Up Money Accountant to the Stars Bob Martin, Bob’s wife Carol, former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels, and Bike Barn owner Neil Bremner were among the field of riders.

THE INSITE IS IN PHILADELPHIA ON A TREK TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA!

THE INSITEFUL ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE!


The Insite has landed on the east coast. I’m hear to cover the inauguration for the blog as well as FOX 26 news. I arrived in Philadelphia Sunday night and plan to head south by Monday. And boy is it cold. I think the temperature is hovering right at 30 which is nothing to the natives I’ve met so far. They told me to stop complaining and suck it up. But I feel much better now that I’m in my warm hotel room. There’s also snow outside. How cool is that!

GOING OUT OF BUSINESS DOESN’T MEAN CHEAPER PRICES!

ARE THEIR PRICES REALLY MARKED DOWN?

Apparently, the liquidators have already taken over at Circuit City. As many of you know the company has gone bankrupt and the stores are having a liquidation sale. When you walk in you’re told everything must go at rock bottom prices. But what you’re actually getting are even higher prices at least to my knowledge. For example their Mitsubishi open box 73 inch television is on sale for $1899. The only problem with that is Fry’s is selling their 73 inch Mitsubishi television brand new and in the box for $1899. Many of the televisions marked 10% off for the sale were cheaper just two weeks ago. I actually witnessed some customers walking out of the store angry because they realized many of the items were actually marked up instead of down. So buyer beware of Circuit City’s so called liquidation sale. From my experience prices aren’t cheaper and they’re actually marked up and then down with the insignificant 10%!