Apparently Washington D.C. wasn’t the only thing that President Obama’s Inauguration inundated. The Internet, specifically CNN, Facebook, and Twitter were hit hard.

And I still can’t log on to Facebook.

On demand thanks to MSNBC. Over 2 million people converged to Washington D.C. for the historic event.

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Ralphie couldn’t make it to D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration, so he checks in with his former Syracuse University roommate Sam, who happens to live in the area and will be attending the week’s festivities.



The following will appear Wednesday in The Weekender.

Surely it was uncomfortable enough in the back of that Posten Taxi, even before I asked the question about his alleged girlfriend…

Don’t get the wrong idea, nothing shady going on. Just another genius (read: cliché) idea conjured up by the 97 BHT staff (shout out Adam!): Let’s interview Alex DeLeon and Ian Crawford of The Cab… in a cab.

So Alex, Ian, and I piled in to the backseat of the yellow taxi waiting outside T.G.I. Friday’s, where we just ate lunch with a lucky 97 BHT listener and two members of The Academy Is… . We chatted about the band’s relationship with label-head and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (Alex says they go back and forth over text messaging, with light-hearted jabs like “asshole”), and the shows planned for this spring (We The Kings, Forever The Sickest Kids among the tour-mates). 

Then, with a bit of guilt looming (and I NEVER feel guilty about this kind of stuff), I asked the singer of “Bounce” about his personal relationship with Disney star Demi Lovato. On-line forums and Wikipedia pages were filled with rumors about the couple – from dating to not dating, joint statements, and more.

“Me and Demi are really, really close. I mean, we’re great…” DeLeon said before catching himself, presumably trying not to out themselves but also not tell a straight-up lie on camera (the segment can be viewed at 97bht.com).

“We like to hang out, we’re really, really close,” he reiterated. “I actually just got off the phone with her.”

I quickly asked him to send our regards to Lovato, as well as to rag on her a bit… she almost missed her show this summer with the Jonas Brothers at Montage Mountain due to not catching a flight.

BARACK-BERRY TO STAY IN OVAL OFFICE?

While the country is swept up in the inauguration of our 44th President and first black Commander-In Chief, Barack Obama, the new leader of the free world, attempts to keep a freedom of his own: the use of his BlackBerry.

CNBC quoted Mr. Obama as saying the Secret Service would have to “pry (the BlackBerry) out of his hands.” The financial network estimates that a figure of $10-15 million could be placed on our new president’s endorsement of the device.

Both sides of the argument seem to hold some validity: Obama contends that a president should not have to rely solely on others to receive information and contact others on the outside. However, The Secret Service worries about security breaches, especially with the e-mails the President could be sending and receiving.

The President is aware of such issues, noting that he realizes anything in these e-mails could end up in a newspaper, and would compose the messages with this in mind.

And if you’re wondering, CNBC also reports that President Obama enjoys Planters Trail Mix, Honest Tea, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Nike training clothes, and Asics running shoes. He may be attempting to cut government spending, but don’t call the man “cheap.”

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So remember The Whopper Sacrifice? Yeah – 230,000 severed friendships later, it’s no more.


View the debauchery here.


01.15.09 : The Academy Is… – About A Girl
William & Adam talk about the track with Ralphie:

The guys chat about the Presidential Inauguration, Warped Tour, & Cancun:

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Who’s the jackass that brought a grenade to the airport? TMZ’s Leslie Harris knows…

Catch Leslie on TMZ TV – Weekdays at 6 on Channel 38 – The CW.

UPDATE: Knoxville says he’s the victim of a prank.

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Cliche? Very. But that didn’t stop 97 BHT’s Ralphie Aversa from interviewing Alex DeLeon and Ian Crawford of The Cab, in a cab, courtesy of Posten Taxi in Wilkes-Barre. The boys were in town with The Academy Is… for an acoustic performance at Hot Topic inside The Wyoming Valley Mall.

The boys talk about Fall Out Boy, Lil Wayne, Demi Lovato, & much more.

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Audio:

Interesting report by CNBC that includes the president-elect’s admiration for BlackBerry, Ray Ban, and Planters, among other brands: