I usually don't post more than once a day but this is a special day.
Was I weeping tears of joy, relief, or awe?
I don’t know about you but I started getting choked up just seeing the opening graphics.
Never has a speech been so blunt and grim and yet so inspiring.
“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.” I can just imagine George Bush hearing that, processing it, and fifteen minutes later saying, “Hey!”
Talk about a moment frozen in time. God, did it look cold. There was not even a heat lamp for Steven Spielberg.
Bright sunshine and bitter cold – could there be a better metaphor?
There were two million people in the mall. Where did they park?
We always knew Dick Cheney was Dr. Strangelove.
When Obama emerged from the Capitol and was introduced to the crowd I wondered, is there a president-elect theme?
Best network coverage: BBC America.
I love how Obama was administered the oath of office by a Chief Justice he voted to keep off the bench.
He actually became the president in the middle of the Yo-Yo Ma number. Classical music is always included in these programs to show the world we’re not just a bunch of yahoos.
Anybody know the point of that poem? I’m relatively sure it was the first time the words “boom box” were uttered at a presidential inauguration.
In a desperate attempt to promote Katie Couric, she appeared on the CBS NFL Halftime report on Sunday with the conceit being she was “friends” with anchor James Brown (pictured left). Oh yeah. James Brown and Katie Couric – BFF’s. I’m sure Katie writes frequently on Brown’s Facebook wall. He sends her fifteen Tweets daily.
Most networks were covering the inauguration but not all. TBS showed the next best thing, an episode of FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR. And E! paid tribute to this historic occasion by airing the “15 Most Shocking Political Scandals.”
Meanwhile, the BIOGRAPHY channel featured half hour profiles of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain, Sarah Palin, and William Shatner.
So many highlights but seeing Bush fly away was probably the best.
Where can I get a hat like Aretha Franklin’s?
The festivities were marred by Senators Kennedy and Byrd needing immediate medical assistance at the luncheon. Hopefully they both will be alright. There’s a reason people their age go to Florida rather than standing in 15 degrees (wind chill) weather.
Oh, and next inauguration luncheon – get a new caterer.
I will say this -- Katie Couric did seem in her element – hosting the parade coverage.
Meanwhile, over at NBC, hard hitting journalist Al Roker was on the street screaming like an idiot to get Obama’s attention. And then almost had an orgasm on the air because Obama said to him “it’s warm”. A delirious Al then shouted on camera “THIS IS EXCITING!” Even Jillian Barberie found that embarrassing.
When the actual parade began, with high school marching bands and tumbling acts the networks ended coverage. NBC went to the Martha Stewart Show. CBS bailed for Rachel Ray. And they wonder why people now go to CNN to get their news.
All in all this was a magnificent historic day. I will treasure the memories. And of course buy the commemorative plates.
More thoughts later as the festivities continue.