The Dakini’s Office Pool

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It’s almost the New Year.  Having once dated a New Yorker for an extended period of time, I got used to William Safire (whose column I miss a lot) and his end of the year Office Pool.  He always had a list of predictions that challenged you to beat the pundit.  Some of my favorite questions had to do with the results of elections as well as topical things like the number of troops left in Iraq by the end of the year.

You can be as snarky, hopeful, truthful, or scary right on as you wish. 

 

Here’s a few of them to get you started:

 

1.        Then number of troops left in Iraq by the end of 2009 will be:

2.      The first Obama appointee to resign after a scandal in 2009 will be:

3.       The first Obama appointee to leave in disgust in 2009 will be:

4.      Obama’s first pet goat moment after he enters office will be over something having to do with:

5.      Obama’s first act in office in 2009 will be to:

6.       The first terrorist attack in 2009 will occur in:

7.      The surprise hit movie of 2009 will be:

8.      The first celebrity to be arrested in 2009 and get one of those really lousy arrest pictures published will be:

9.      The Israel-Palestine conflict will:

10.  The first member of the Democratic Leadership to have an announced challenger in a primary will be:

11.    The stock market at the end of 2009 will:

12.   The unemployment rate at the end of 2009 will be

13.    The next industry (not including finance and auto) to beg for and get a bail out will be:

14.   Obama’s approval rating in 2009 will go:

15.   Historian’s will begin to call the end of the Bush years as:

Okay … let me hear some good ones !

 


5 Comments on “The Dakini’s Office Pool”

  1. dakinikat says:

    My Answers:

    1. Then number of troops left in Iraq by the end of 2009 will be the same as it now.

    2. The first Obama appointee to resign after a scandal in 2009 will be Joe Biden.

    3. The first Obama appointee to leave in disgust in 2009 will be Gates.

    4. Obama’s first pet goat moment after he enters office will be over something having to do with the economy.

    5. Obama’s first act in office in 2009 will be to rename MLK day after himself.

    6. The first terrorist attack in 2009 will occur in Canada.

    7. The surprise hit movie of 2009 will be the best of Barney’s Christmas greetings.

    8. The first celebrity to be arrested in 2009 and get one of those really lousy arrest pictures published will be Joe Biden.

    9. The Israel-Palestine conflict will be delegated to Hillary at which point all failures will be hers and any successes will be claimed by Obama

    10. The first member of the Democratic Leadership to have an announced challenger in a primary will be Harry Reid.

    11. The stock market at the end of 2009 will still be bad.

    12. The unemployment rate at the end of 2009 will be worse than expected –11 to 12 percent.

    13. The next industry (not including finance and auto) to beg for and get a bail out will be the media.

    14. Obama’s approval rating in 2009 will go down.

    15. Historian’s will begin to call the end of the Bush year as the end of the innocence

  2. B says:

    1. Slightly lower than it is now, with much of the balance made up by Afghanistan.

    2. Rahm Emmanuel

    3. No idea. Has he appointed any half-decent people? :-p

    4. The economy or a miltary or diplomatic disaster in the Middle East or Central Asia.

    5. Don’t know. Maybe get his idea for a “Civilian National Defense Corps” going.

    6. Egypt, Jordan, or Lebanon.

    7. Something idiotic, no doubt.

    8. No idea.

    9. Get much worse and possibly become regional.

    10. No idea.

    11. Somewhat worse.

    12. Worse than expected, but not as bad as if part-time workers and people who had given up were counted.

    13. Retail.

    14. Down.

    15. No idea, but they’ll like him. Just look what happened with Wilson – an authoritarian, interventionist president who was universally loathed when he left office, and historians always rank him as one of the best.

  3. ea says:

    No list of answers from me, but a request that you remember to revisit this during the summer and again at the end of the year.

    Happy New Year.

  4. sharmajee says:

    1. Then number of troops left in Iraq by the end of 2009 will be: 100,000

    2. Then number of troops left in Iraq by the end of 2009 will be: Speechwriter, Groper Something.

    3. The first Obama appointee to leave in disgust in 2009 will be: Robert Gates (Defence)

    4. Obama’s first pet goat moment after he enters office will be over something having to do with: A Security Event.

    5. Obama’s first act in office in 2009 will be to: Nominate Jeremiah Wright to a Presidential Freedom Medal

    6. The first terrorist attack in 2009 will occur in: The Green Zone in Iraq (now that Iraqis are in-charge).

    7. The surprise hit movie of 2009 will be: it will remain a true surprise ;>)

    8. The first celebrity to be arrested in 2009 and get one of those really lousy arrest pictures published will be: A male singer, caught doing drugs.

    9. The Israel-Palestine conflict will: Be eclipsed by India-Pakistan conflict escalating to full-fledged war in Fall of 09.

    10. The first member of the Democratic Leadership to have an announced challenger in a primary will be: Whoever finally takes over Obama’s senate seat.

    11. The stock market at the end of 2009 will: be nearly 1000 points better!!

    12. The unemployment rate at the end of 2009 will be: About Same or only marginally worse (at least mathematically; it will be made to look good)

    13. The next industry (not including finance and auto) to beg for and get a bail out will be: Hospitals or Pharma. (Since no new health care plan will be ready before SECOND TERM!!)

    14. Obama’s approval rating in 2009 will go: STEADY or marginally down (less than 5 points)

    15. Historian’s will begin to call the end of the Bush years as: Beginning of American Reconciliation (quite falsely of course), later to be rectified as End of American Safety.

    Whew … that took some doing, Dakini like a true Vajra Budhist, you are a very exacting companion. You really can tax a Fellow. It was fun. I especially liked your characterization of the answer to #15 as End of Innocence (conveys real depth). I wonder what the answers tell about us!

  5. dakinikat says:

    I think we have an answer already to #2

    2. The first Obama appointee to resign after a scandal in 2009 will be Bill Richardson.