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09/09/09: What does it mean?

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
We all know 7-7-7 is "lucky" in American gambling folklore. We learned last year that 8 is lucky in China (on 08/08/08). Well, for those wondering about today's date -- 09-09-09 -- there's a lighthearted piece in the L.A. Times on the numerology of today's date -- and even what it means for President Obama's speech tonight.

It's all pretty out there, but fun anyway.

"Historically, the number 9 was the good luck charm of the Emperor of China, whose robes had nine dragons. The reason: the number 9 sounds like the word long-lasting."

Because of that, there were thousands of marriages in China and Southeast Asia today. Even Vegas capitalized:

"[T]he Stratosphere was offering quickie weddings, hoping to marry off 99 couples at 9:09 p.m. for a fee of $99.09 each."

But for Obama:

Jerome Carter, an international numerologist and spiritual adviser who says he has predicted 18 of the last 19 World Series winners, argues that despite the magic of the date, 2009 will be a tough year for Obama. "It's not an easy year for anything he proposes," he said in a phone interview, adding that Obama will ultimately succeed. The reason? The 44th president was born on Aug. 4, under the sign of the four, a magical number in U.S. history.

Consider, says Carter: our first president was born on the 22nd, (2 plus 2 equals 4), we elect our presidents every four years, we pay taxes in the fourth month of every year, and there were 13 original colonies (1 plus 3 equals 4). So Obama's tussles with Congress over health care and other issues would overwhelm him, in the eyes of this numerologist, if not for the protection of the number 4.

As for 09/09/09, Carter said it's a reversal of 9/11, a powerful date for negotiation and diplomacy, but also of yin and yang, of right and left. "Today he could get crushed," Carter said. "He's saved by having that 4. It gives him an extra ace. If wasn't for that, he might as well pack it up. If he were a football team, I'd bet on him. That number gives him the edge."