I just got laid off.
I got the speech about how good I am and how this is a business decision, etc, etc and soforth. No snarking on my evil Republican bosses, please. Though two weeks notice so I could apply for something else from a position of strength would have been nice, they were on the whole quite reasonable and seemed to feel bad. The loud smiley partner offered me a glowing reference. That should make me feel better as people tend to like loud smiley people.
Naturally, my closest friend in the office hid in her office and didn't say goodbye. Sucks but typical.
If anyone knows of anybody hiring in Washington DC, please let me know.