Kim Kardashian, Lebron and Obama: These 24 things happened since Keystone’s first proposal


By Dustin Hurst |

2,275 days.

No, it’s not the amount of time you’d have to work to pay off your family’s share of the national debt. That’s probably much higher.

Instead, that’s how many days it’s been since TransCanada first proposed the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial conduit designed to move oil from Alberta to refineries in America’s Gulf Coast region. The company submitted its first application in September 2008.

Just last week, the U.S. Senate failed to garner the 60 votes needed to clear a filibuster on a measure that would have immediately approved the project, much of which is already built. Republicans, who just beat the living crap out of Democrats at the polls, say they will approve a nearly identical bill next year when they control both chambers of Congress.

For now, though, here’s a look at some of the more notable events of the past six years, two months and 23 days:

1. This guy lost the race for president.:

With @SparkyArizonaSt before the coin toss to kick off the big #NDvsASU game #ForksUp #SaluteToService

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 8, 2014

2. And so did this guy.:

Thanks @subwayfreshbuzz for breakfast. Better than the usual campaign diet of morning donuts — Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 1, 2011

3. In September 2008, she was still speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.:

Honor to stand with @civilrightsorg to renew the #VRA4Today. We will not tolerate discrimination in our democracy. — Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 25, 2014

4. This guy was still a senator.:

Spider bites. #FlashbackFriday

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 23, 2014

5. She got married.:

Remembering Kim Kardashian’s Wedding to Kris Humphries –

— Gossips RTNews (@GossipsRTNews) May 25, 2014

6. She got married again.:

UNSEEN photos of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wedding

— Clothing (@CLOTHlNG) September 6, 2014

7. This whatever this is happened:

[NEWS] @MileyCyrus is returning to the #VMAs this year! via @eonline

— (@missmileyrayorg) August 21, 2014

8. Back in 2008, this guy still had a future in politics.:

RT @navarrotells Body Language Analysis of “Weinergate” Photo Been 2 years it is time again

MichaelKitces (@MichaelKitces) July 23, 2013

9. Remember when no one had heard of this guy? That was a pleasant time in life.:

Citizenfour depicts Edward Snowden scandal in what Harvey Weinstein called “one of the best movies, period” #snowden

IndieCrush (@Indie_Crush) November 14, 2014

10. This guy was still president .:

George W. Bush appears to smear Tea Party in new biography of George H.W. Bush

TheBlaze Books (@TheBlazeBooks) November 20, 2014

11. This team was good at football. In fact, they won a Super Bowl.:

The New York Media does not hold back. #Giants

— America’s Pregame (@AmericasPregame) November 17, 2014

12. Remember when people thought this USC quarterback was going to be a stud in the NFL? Boy, that really was a long time ago. :

The @Mark_Sanchez starter pack

mad max (@MaxLauser) November 17, 2014

13. This guy decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers.:

Nice shirt. #TheDecision #CyKluber

— Cleveland Fan Probs (@CleSportsProbs_) November 12, 2014

14. And then come back… :

Lebron James returns to Cleveland Cavaliers:

— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) July 11, 2014

15. In other words, it’s been a really, really long time since TransCanada first proposed the Keystone. So long that the stimulus package has come and gone…:

ON THIS DAY in 2009, President Barack Obama signed a $757 billion economic stimulus package into law.

— Stan Melton (@BrownBagSD) February 17, 2014

16. Remember when people still thought of Bill Cosby as a good guy?:

Bill Cosby’s “Late Show” appearance canceled amid uproar over sexual assault allegations.

— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 15, 2014

17. Do you remember the ‘big f$%%#n deal?’:

Happy Birthday, @JoeBiden! 72 years is a big effin deal.

— Erik Clarke (@ErikJClarke) November 21, 2014

18. In that span, gay marriage has become legal in more than 30 states. :

19. And, for a period of time, certain soda was illegal in New York City.:

NYC Soda Ban Tossed Out By Judge (at least until the appeal).

LibertarianCitizen (@LibertarianCiti) March 13, 2013

20. For a while there, tri-corners hats were back in style.:

vote tea-party, b/c nothing says american exceptionalism like broken gov’t, bronze age morality & tri-corner hats.

— ch3 (@echedgar) July 30, 2013

21. I’m still deciding which seat I should take. Also, think about fun!:

22. Oh, and this happened, too:

23. Some lady from Wasilla, Alaska, became famous for some reason. Then her family rode snowmobiles and got in a brawl.:

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CaptivatingNews (@CaptivatingNews) October 29, 2014

24. Oh, and the national debt was only $11 trillion in 2009, compared with $17 trillion today.:

The U.S. National Debt: 25 Size Comparisons That Will Change How You See the World –

— (@cracked) November 11, 2014