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'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for January 19
Host: Keith Olbermann
Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
Updated: TRANSCRIPT PENDING
INAUGURATION PREVIEW-WHAT CAN PRESIDENT BUSH ACCOMPLISH IN HIS SECOND TERM?: Michael Duffy, Washington bureau chief, Time magazine
THE U.S. WILL SHIFT FROM FIGHTING TO TRAINING IN IRAQ: Rick Francona, MSNBC military analyst
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE IRAQI ELECTIONS?: Robin Wright, diplomatic correspondent, Washington Post
OLBYWATCH GUIDE: To borrow a phrase coined on this site, KO began the show with another spectaluar 'Olbyconvergience' when he jumped from the video of Brett Scallions at the Inaugural Youth concert to... "Should we scale back the Inauguration?" Never mind the fact this has been an American tradition dating back to our first President, George Washington. KO has more faith in LA Times polls than american tradition. He then declared that President Bush is already off to a 'bumpy start' in his second term and later stated it was an "apparently misdirected start". Did I miss the inauguration? I didn't know the Presidents second term had begun already.
I did enjoy Jennifer Grossman (former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush). She did a good job of discussing the Presidents view of freedom and faith and how that would play into his inaugural speech.
I am very disappointed that our vote fraud hawk was completely silent on the new revelations coming out of Wisconsin regarding vote fraud. Combined with KO's lack of interest in the Washington Governors race, it is becoming clear that the non partisan vote hound does not hunt in blue states. Where's the concern for Wisconsin, Keith?
KO replayed Jim Maceda's NBC report on the Iraqi elections and made a brief comment that the election was sure to end in 'bloodshed'. Thanks for the optimism, Keith. KO apparently thinks that freedom comes without sacrifice. He should take a look at American history and give thanks to those who shed blood so he could pick and choose which (red) state he wants to complain about voting irregularities in.
KO reluctantly reported that exit pollsters admitted there were 'mistakes in the early raw data that favored John Kerry'. He didn't disappoint his DU audience when he slipped in "20% of the population will never believe this". He then explained that part of the reason for the mistake was Bush supporters were less likely to particpate in the extit polls. It had to be a republicans fault those polls were wrong! Thanks for clarifying that, KO!
KO then took the time to review America's worst inauguration experiences throughout history. He ended the show with this dig at President Bush: "One thing I can guarantee about the President's speech tomorrow, it wont match George Washington's 135 word Inagaural speech. But we can always dream". I can make the same gaurantee about KO's show tomorrow night. But I can dream to.
Am I hallucinating, or did KO just make it through the entire show without mentioning Armstrong Williams?