January 21, 2009

Winning Bet On Obama's Speech

As previously mentioned, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power had odds on what phrase President Obama would say first in his speech.

Turns out it wasn't "Change has come", which was favored at 8-1.

Instead, the first sentence out of his mouth included the phrase "As I stand here today", which was tied for third at 12-1 odds.

The speech went eighteen minutes and 26 seconds, not as long as the favored 22-25 minutes.

Didn't see Oprah during the speech, which was also favored at 7-4 odds.

In fact, I didn't see any celebrity once the President began speaking, only average Americans, which was probably the point.

Also, I was wrong. President Obama quoted Washington, not Lincoln.

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