First up, is the fact that Barack Obama and his wife Michelle went out to dinner last night instead of staying home and listening to Bush's farewell speech. I don't know if that is a plus or minus for them, as his speech was pretty tepid and boring.
From CBS News: "So much for listening to both sides of the aisle. President-elect Barack Obama didn't tune into President Bush's farewell address to the nation last night. He and his wife Michelle were dining out at the Equinox restaurant in D.C. as Bush wished him luck, noting his inauguration on Tuesday as "a moment of hope and pride." The Obamas left their temporary residence at the Blair House just across from the White House mere minutes before Bush's speech began. A host at Equinox said Obama watched a TV at the bar for "a minute or two" but it's not known what he was watching and Obama's team hasn't responded to inquiries. Maybe he DVR'd it..."
From the Times of London: "North Korea, meet your next dictator: According to intelligence sources in Seoul, the ailing Kim Jong Il has chosen his youngest son, Jong Un, to rule the country when he is gone. Jong Un, thought to be no older than 24, is the son of Kim’s third and favorite wife and was educated in Switzerland. Thought to be an unlikely pick because of his youth, Jong Un will inherit a moribund economy, difficult foreign policy situation, and an agricultural crisis. At least now the frail Kim will have a vigorous son to stand by him at “Dear Leader” photo ops."
Last up, is a tidbit on one of our favorite world wackos. I haven't figured out yet if he is playing the fool on purpose so it will reflect badly upon the real leaders of Iran, or if he is just another clueless politician thinking that he is not in over his head...