Thursday, December 10, 2009

Technical hell averted!

OSLO CITY HALL, Dec. 10, 1:39P local time

So the wi-fi system crashed after I had to turn my computer off to conserve battery space. Folks are fairly vicious about these outlets! It's almost like watching reporters fight over the last doughnut in the newsroom.

Anyway, reconnected thanks to a local who gave me a password to another system.

President Obama has just been awarded the medal. Esperanza Spalding and her band are serenading him, First Lady Michelle Obama and a contingent of royals, White House staffers, and invited guests. By a quick count, it looks like about 1,500 or so seated, including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Wyclef Jean.

Wyclef got a rise out of the crowd earlier as people set in stiff silence, awaiting the motorcade. As the Norwegian camera crews of NRK panned the room, he offered a friendly grin and wave, and the laughter bounced off the marble walls.

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