The largest and most expensive in US history, by far!
Luckily, only 14 of them missed work.
The Daily Mail (United Kingdom) wrote this editorial about Obama on 1/6/2009.
Obama's Victory--A British view
A victory for the hysterical Oprah Winfrey, the mad racist preacher
Jeremiah Wright, the US mainstream media who abandoned any sense of
objectivity long ago, Europeans who despise America largely because they
depend on her, comics who claim to be dangerous and fearless but would not
dare attack genuinely powerful special interest groups. A victory for
Obama-worshippers everywhere. A victory for the cult of the cult. A man who
has done little with his life but has written about his achievements as if
he had found the cure for cancer in between winning a marathon and building
a nuclear reactor with his teeth. Victory for style over substance,
hyperbole over history, rabble-raising over reality.
A victory for Hollywood , the most dysfunctional community in the world.
Victory for Streisand, Spielberg, Soros, Moore, and Sarandon. Victory for
those who prefer welfare to will and interference to independence. For
those who settle for group think and herd mentality rather than those who
fight for individual initiative and the right to be out of step with meager
Victory for a man who is no friend of freedom. He and his people have
already stated that media has to be controlled so as to be balanced, without
realizing the extraordinary irony within that statement. Like most liberal
zealots, the Obama worshippers constantly speak of Fox and Limbaugh, when
the vast bulk of television stations and newspapers are drastically liberal
and anti-conservative. Senior Democrat Chuck Schumer said that just as
pornography should be censored, so should talk radio. In other words, one of
the few free and open means of popular expression may well be cornered and
beaten by bullies who even in triumph cannot tolerate any criticism and
opposition. A victory for those who believe the state is better qualified to
raise children than the family, for those who prefer teachers' unions to
teaching and for those who are naively convinced that if the West is
sufficiently weak towards its enemies, war and terror will dissolve as
quickly as the tears on the face of a leftist celebrity. A victory for
social democracy even after most of Europe has come to the painful
conclusion that social democracy leads to mediocrity, failure, unemployment,
inflation, higher taxes and economic stagnation. A victory for intrusive
lawyers, banal sentimentalists, social extremists and urban snobs.
Congratulations America !