Above: 'Damn You Obama, You Pretty Motherfucker' - a brilliant poetic tribute to Barack Obama by Darian Dauchan performed at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York. Meanwhile at a very different venue, the US House of Congress, Barack Obama himself just finished giving a real rap to the American people and they loved it. During the president's speech, which was probably his best so far, MSNBC had an "audience reaction" meter for both McCain voters and Obama voters, represented by red and blue lines. Both lines were almost permanently pinned to the top approval mark, so the red and blue were almost purple! On CNN 82 per cent of viewers supported the speech. Bipartisanship was not so evident in the Congress chamber; shamefully the entire Republican side of the aisle sat on their hands while the Democrats cheered health insurance for children as Obama said "kids have [medical] insurance now". Seems the Republican children haters don't like that. Another memorable line was "For seven years, we have been a nation at war. No longer will we hide its price".
Opps ... Obama just seriously pissed off the military industrial complex. His list of dangerous and powerful enemies grows by the day.
• california considers $50 an oz tax on marijuana.