Lest you think that every blog post for the next couple of months is going to be about Obama, here is something completely different:
Over the past year severed feet have been washing up on the southern coast of British Columbia left and right (mostly right). The seventh, a left, encased in a running shoe as were the previous six, just turned up. (One foot washed ashore on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, so this is not just a Canadian phenomenon, though the nationality most of the feet have yet to be determined.)
So far only one foot has been identified; it belonged to a man who had been suffering from depression. The last time anyone saw him he still had both feet, so the speculation is that his foot, buoyed by the running shoe, floated off post-mortem. Two left feet have been matched to two of the right feet, though little or nothing else is known about their previous owners.
Canadian authorities are puzzled, but say there is no evidence of foul play. Of course there is little evidence at all, just severed feet wearing running shoes. Suspicious, I would think. I suggest looking into runners who were too depressed to take off their shoes before going swimming.
I have no idea what President-elect Obama thinks about this, but I feel certain if asked he would say something thoughtful and sensitive, which would make us proud and even more eager for him to take office.