While this shouldn't be news, it is. President Barack Obama mentions San Francisco in his most recent blog post honoring Chinese New Year. Eeee! See, it's been, let's see, about eight years since anybody in the Oval Office mentioned Baghdad by the Bay without fire-and-brimstone condemnation.


"I send my warmest wishes to people across Asia, in America, and indeed around the world who are celebrating the Lunar New Year and welcoming the Year of the Ox. As they gather with their families and celebrate over meals, they welcome new beginnings and honor the enduring wisdom of their ancestors.

"From the lion dances in San Francisco to festivals in Atlanta and parades in New York City and Washington, D.C., Americans of Asian descent carry on the vibrant traditions of their forefathers and enrich America's cultural diversity. I wish all those celebrating the New Year to be blessed with peace, prosperity, and good health."

Lion dancing! San Francisco! Oxen! Wow.

We feel like Oliver Twist finally eating those piled peaches and cream about six feet high. Like watching Romper Room while that lady finally says our name while looking through the magic mirror. Like... like we're finally being recognized for the recognizable city we are.

Pathetic, we know.