Inauguration 2013: Loretta Sanchez Hangs with Katy Perry, Republicans Dismiss Obama Speech

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Can you guess who Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) is standing next to in this Twitter pic from yesterday's inauguration ceremonies in D.C. (No, it is not the rest of the animal from which the thing on her head came from.)

This and more from grumpy Orange County Republicans after the jump . . .

It's none other but Katy Perry:

Two California girls in D.C.
That was about it as far as social media coverage of the event from the eight-term congresswoman, who was later photographed in an evening gown at the Inaugural Ball. But two Republican colleagues from the Orange County congressional delegation reacted with skepticism (natch) to President Barack Obama's 18-minute inaugural speech.

Rep. John Campbell (R-Newport Beach) famously raised eyebrows among OC Republican Central Committee members when he praised Obama's 2009 inauguration speech and oratory skills. He obviously knew to tone it down this time.

"This one, although I would argue a very powerful and, as one would expect, well-delivered speech, I think was considerably more controversial probably than what he said four years ago," said Campbell (via Politico). "We'll have to agree on some things to get some stuff done, but I don't know, the speech didn't inspire me in that direction."

Unlike some local Republicans who blew off celebration of the inauguration--cued naturally by Fox News reporting the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year--Campbell hosted a reception in his D.C. office for constituents in town for inaugural events.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Carlsbad), who district once again includes parts of southern Orange County, was more sharp in his Obama speech criticism, as you'd expect from one who has viciously pursued a contempt case against the president's Attorney General, Eric Holder.

"The words were code for a progressive agenda," Issa says via the same Politico piece. "I'm hoping that the president will recognize that compromise should have been the words for today, and they clearly weren't. We were hoping that he would use this day to reach out to all Americans and all parties. He clearly did not."

Looked for similar vitriol from Reps. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), found bupkis. Same for Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and, to bring this post full circle, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Lakewood), whose districts include parts of OC.

Loretta's sister is, however, being propped up by the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda as a potential Latina candidate for still-open Cabinet posts in the Obama White House.

As you'd expect, Fox News portrayed the letter as bullying. Depressing indeed.

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did you say compromise?  based on history we are there

tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of lbj’s death
some say it was vietnam and not the heart attack that killed him
but for…
medicare, civil rights, and….???

found these words on line
something we won’t hear
from one of the greatest speeches ever given to congress, Johnson’s “we shall overcome” speech

“My first job after college was as a teacher in Cotulla, Texas, in a small Mexican-American school. Few of them could speak English and I couldn’t speak much Spanish. My students were poor and they often came to class without breakfast and hungry. And they knew even in their youth the pain of prejudice. They never seemed to know why people disliked them, but they knew it was so because I saw it in their eyes.

I often walked home late in the afternoon after the classes were finished wishing there was more that I could do. But all I knew was to teach them the little that I knew, hoping that I might help them against the hardships that lay ahead. And somehow you never forget what poverty and hatred can do when you see its scars on the hopeful face of a young child.

I never thought then, in 1928, that I would be standing here in 1965. It never even occurred to me in my fondest dreams that I might have the chance to help the sons and daughters of those students, and to help people like them all over this country. But now I do have that chance.

And I’ll let you in on a secret–I mean to use it. And I hope that you will use it with me.”

Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@briansaysAnd after 85 years, those POS border towns are still colonias with living standards barely above Mexican levels.

In the meantime Detroit is crumbling back into the wilderness out of which (white) man carved it, bipolar white girls are raped and thrown off of the seventh floor of 'projects' in Chicago (websearch for 'Christina Eilman') and a country that once put a man on the moon can't even maintain a reusable low earth orbiter.

Thanks, LBJ.

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