An Historic Inauguration Drinking Game

January 19, 2009 By: erik Category: Complaining, Media, Politics, USA 311 views

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Okay, Media. Let’s get one thing straight: The only time you should use the article “an” with the adjective “historic” is if you are not pronouncing the H in “historic” like some British people do. Think ‘enry ‘iggins. Got that, Media!!?!? If I ever see any of you that misuse this phrase crossing the street, you will be the victim of an hit and run.

Phrases that, if uttered during Obama’s speech, should warrant a drink:

  • Hope
  • Change
  • Our Time
  • Challenge/Challenging
  • Anything about tightening a belt
  • Two wars
  • Any reference to Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Jobs (where you work, not Steve)
  • Global
  • Across the aisle
  • Bipartisan

Drink if you hear the media coverage use the phrases:

  • An historic (also should be accompanied by shouts at television)
  • Anything about how we will all remember where we are at this moment (of course you won’t, because you’re playing this drinking game!)
  • Slavery
  • Any reference to Abraham Lincoln

And if you hear the words “an historic” come out of Obama’s mouth, you have to set the glass aside and finish the rest of the bottle.

If you can’t get near a television for the inauguration, here’s a guide on how to catch it online.

 
  • http://www.thegradys.net Alan

    You might want to add “Main Street” as a drinking phrase.

  • http://www.banglebangle.co.uk/ Hubbers

    Superb idea Erik. Please provide some guidance as to teh types and volumes for each consumption.

    Will standard international drinking rules apply?

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    I leave the drink types up to the participants. Personally, I will have a bottle of champagne. Because I’m just that posh, European, and celebratory.

    The most American way to do it would be with a shot glass and anything distilled in Kentucky.

  • http://www.thegradys.net Alan

    anything distilled in Kentucky

    I’m glad you didn’t say “Tennessee”. :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/aparejador/3184382650/ Ray Tibbitts

    If anyone in the media mentions what anyone on the dias is wearing, I just might take up drinking.
    They get one chance to mention how cold it is, too.

  • http://landofnospice.blogspot.com Sharon

    yes, but comparisons between the incoming first lady’s outfit, and the timeless elegance and style of jackie O are pretty much obligatory aren’t they?

    last minute entry for “red states and blue states”

    now i’m off to watch the festivities

  • http://dbwhisperer.blogspot.com Michael Swart

    I count, 12 drinks all together. No “an historic” phrases by Obama. I can’t vouch for the media.
    Hope: 3
    Change: 2
    Our Time: 1
    Challenge/Challenging: 2
    Belt Tightening: 0
    Two wars: 0
    MLK Jr.: 0
    Job: 4
    Global: 0 (although he did mention the planet)
    Across the Aisle: 0
    Bipartisan: 0

  • http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/ Erik R.

    I’m so tickled that someone actually counted. I almost wrote them down to watch the speech with, but I decided to actually listen to what he had to say instead.

    Over all, I’d say I did a pretty lousy job of predicting the speech content. 12 shots is enough to have a good time, though.

    It’s pretty odd that Swart’s blog also features a photo like the one in the post I made the day after this one. Maybe that’s how he found me. I love the internet.