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[27 Oct 2007|07:34pm]
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I'm just kind of curious if anyone stops by these journals anymore. 

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OOC [17 Feb 2006|12:16pm]
[ mood | drained ]

Sorry, sorry, sorry. It's been kind of dead around here lately, and for my part that's been due to some bad timing and real life stuff that's been kind of blah. I do still have RPs that are half-finished with a few people, so I apologize to them especially. I also have a couple of RPs that are finished that we just haven't gotten around to posting yet.

While we seem to have hit a bit of a down-time in the comm here, I'm interested in continuing to play this character. So if you still want to RP, just leave a message on here or with my AIM.

Guess that's all at present. Hope everyone is doing well.

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Enough [30 Jan 2006|12:58am]
[ mood | discontent ]

The planes that carry the callsign Air Force One when I'm aboard them are luxurious. I've got a whole suite with office space and resting quarters and everything. Jokes about standard airline fare fall flat with two galleys serving more-than-decent food. It is by far preferable to coach.

However.

If I have to spend another day on this airplane, I may snap.

So if anyone was planning to put still more traveling on my schedule, they'd better stop. We're currently en route to Oregon so tomorrow morning I can give a speech to a considerable group of farmers (a speech which I just finished reading; Kate did a good job on it, especially considering we're prepping for State of the Union). We've been going across the country nonstop for over a week. I had less than forty-eight hours in Washington before this latest round of travel, having finished six days of travel prior to that.

It's enough. Give me solid ground.

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Back and Forth [20 Jan 2006|03:52am]
[ mood | busy ]

Christmas was less than a month ago, but it feels like it’s been much longer. Or maybe like it didn’t happen at all, and we’ve gone right from a long December into a long January.

No, I don’t mean that. Christmas was… nice. It was great to be in New Jersey for a little while, though I did have to leave and come back to the White House one night because of a situation. Didn’t please Evelyn too much. Or at all. I couldn’t control it. Besides, I was back from D.C. as soon as I could be. And I did manage to relax for a bit, away from the office. It was particularly amusing, for example, to watch Galahad exploring. Damn kitten would show up in the strangest of places, at the oddest of times. Don’t tell me it isn’t just slightly surprising to reach for one of the pots hanging from the ceiling and pull down a cat instead.

Considering neither Galahad nor I were supposed to be in the kitchen at the time, though… I’ll let it slide…

Since the holidays ended, I don’t think I’ve seen the inside of the Residence much at all. If I haven’t been going back and forth to meetings in the West Wing, we’ve been going back and forth across the country. Hell, I think I’ve spent more time on Air Force One than I have in the Oval Office. I’ve given speeches on a wide range of topics, from avian influenza to economic growth. The Secretary of Education and I spent the day in a school out in California where, using habitual truancy management and innovative teaching, they’ve improved their attendance and test scores dramatically.

There is still much to be done. There’s more traveling on my schedule. The State of the Union Address is swiftly approaching. As always, we continue to work hard for the greater good.

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OOC, The Month Ahead [17 Dec 2005|08:38pm]
[ mood | curious ]

Since a few other people have listed their upcoming availability, I should probably do so as well.

During the holidays I'll be around sporadically in the midst of obligatory social functions, spending time with friends and family, and the usual holiday cheer. I was thinking that we could put up a few post threads for RP purposes in the LJ, and may post one in the next few days or so.

After the holidays, as we begin January, I should be pretty much back on schedule, available some evenings and late nights. From our group chat and following the comm, a few characters have expressed interest in being fleshed out a bit more. The president is at your disposal, folks. Either hit me on AIM -- The screen name's PresidentMalloy -- or reply to this post if you'd like to RP something out.

Guess that's all for now. I have a few plot points I've been kicking around, but nothing that can't wait a little while.

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In Transit [12 Dec 2005|02:13am]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

I’m writing this on Air Force One. We’re about half an hour to D.C. now. It’s late, but the memorial near Davenport ran longer than expected, and we left Iowa two hours after the intended departure time. Not that I can exactly mind that, though we were in a small stadium of sorts, and it was rather cold out. And it wasn’t necessarily the easiest thing for the Secret Service to secure. But I insisted on being there, if it was at all possible, and it was encouraging to see the sheer number that came out to pay their respects to the eleven individuals killed in the high-school bombing. Though no one really refers to it as such; it became “the tragedy in Davenport” rather quickly the day after it occurred. Sometimes, it’s “the events in Davenport.”

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Happy Thanksgiving [22 Nov 2005|10:03pm]
[ mood | grateful ]

Evelyn's leaving first thing in the morning to meet up with Marybeth and the boys. I'll be significantly later than that, between my, er... poultry pardon in the morning and a few brief meetings.

(Yes, Eve, dear, I said brief. I know you just rolled your eyes.)

To the Senior Staff and valuable assistants: I know I mentioned this in passing, but if any of you don't have anywhere to be for the holiday, you're welcome to come on out to Camp David. Besides the fact that I wouldn't mind the company on Marine One, I just want to make sure you all take some time to recharge. At the very least, stop sleeping on your couches for a few nights. A couple of you might need to look at your driver's license to remember where you're actually supposed to live.

You've all worked so hard; I am truly thankful for your dedication.

No matter what your plans are -- be it feasting, family, or football -- I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Presidential Timeline [17 Nov 2005|02:21am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Besides a weekly radio address, various minor appointments, and executive orders, the following events took place during the first months of Ben Malloy’s Presidency.  All events are considered public unless otherwise noted.

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On the Inaugural Balls [08 Nov 2005|03:29am]
[ mood | contemplative ]

Eight. There were eight Inaugural Balls that Evelyn and I attended yesterday. Even after the fact, that still staggers me.

Numbers three and four are already a little fuzzy in my head, but we only stayed at them for the briefest of times. Predictably, I was at the first and the last ones the longest. The sixth one we stopped in at is only memorable because Lord John Marbury, as he attempted to make a pass at the U.S. Ambassador to France, proceeded to accidentally (was it an accident?) spill his drink down the front of her dress.

I hope I remembered to thank the Senior Staff and their assistants for everything last night. By the time the Eighth Inaugural Ball was wrapping up, I was a little distracted, so perhaps I didn’t. Hmm.

And now… to work. Yesterday was quite different from the quiet sinking-in feeling that the previous couple of months had been; yesterday was BANG, Welcome to the Presidency. You won the election, you’ve been sworn in, and now you’ve got a job to do. Get to it.

So we shall.


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Flashback: The First Sunday [02 Nov 2005|02:42am]

Ben Malloy isn’t a man dependant on routine.  As long as he’s working towards something useful, he’s able to go with the flow and adapt himself to different situations.  Still, he has his habits.  He uses things like his music or his books to ground him, to establish a pattern of normalcy in a life that is anything but.

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Flashback/Memory: Diego Garcia, 1978 [28 Oct 2005|02:56am]
When the crane began to topple, the glass fell first. Then the concrete as the crane support snapped and dropped.

He’d had enough time to grab the kid next to him and fling them both out the unfinished window; they would have been crushed as the structure went down. The largest glass panel shattered just above Ben’s head; he instinctively flung up an arm to keep the shards out of his eyes. The half-finished building shuddered as the weight of the machine fell, walls collapsing around him.

Ben thankfully blacked out as the first piece struck him in the back.
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Five Free Minutes [19 Oct 2005|04:09pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

I actually have a few minutes now without documents to read or meetings to attend.

I’m not even sure what I’m supposed to do with myself. This may be the first deep breath I’ve gotten since we came to the White House. And it might be the last. Better make it count.

A few minutes: that’s time enough to turn on some music, right? Right…

Much better. I put on the first thing I could get my hands on – a CD. Easier to pause than the records I love.

I wonder if the Secret Service or Monica can hear this with the door closed. I’ve stopped caring if people think my diverse taste in music is a little strange. Yesterday I was listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons; today I’ve got Green Day on. American Idiot: ironic? Yes. Got that one while we were on the campaign trail. I don’t even think Evelyn knows I have it. I’m a lucky guy to have such an understanding wife… especially with how our life has changed lately.

I think she’s frustrated with my work schedule. And I know I don’t have to be putting in the insane hours yet – neither does the Senior Staff, for that matter. There’s not too much on the agenda just yet. The communications team is working hard on the Address; maybe at the end of the day I’ll find a few more free minutes to duck into the bullpen over there and thank them.

As for myself, I just want to make sure I’m up to speed on as much as possible. Procedure. Safety regulations. Previous legislation. So if that means a few nights without sleep, so be it. The American people elected me to the presidency, and they put my team in the White House. I take that responsibility very seriously. And from the looks of the already overworked Senior Staff, so do they.

Four years of this. The thought fills me with both enthusiasm and trepidation; I can only hope—

Ah, phone. Looks like the five free minutes are up.

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West Front, U.S. Capitol [14 Oct 2005|07:07am]
The Oath of Office

I, Benjamin Patrick Malloy, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.
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