Inauguration

Jan 20, 2009, 4:34 pm by Lew

First post during the Obama administration! I ducked out with a few co-workers to catch the inaugural address. We watched it at oaxacan tamaleo near our lab. starting out the obama administration with a plate of enfrioladas and good coffee was the right thing to do. it was just us and the tamale folks there watching it (it was a bit early for tamales). they were super nice to let watch it with them and provide tasty food. we walked in on the tail end of rick warren's prayer. i like him. i like him in the same way i like mike huckabbe. i disagree with him strongly but like him as a person. i thought it was a nice and touching invocation. aretha franklin proved that she is the only diva, damn she can sing like no one else alive. i am looking forward to beyonce singing "at last" for the first dance at the inaugural ball. but beyonce, don't forget aretha stills runs the show. i face palmed when the chief justice flubbed the swearing in. obama's speech was right on i thought. i am not sure it will be famous for generations but i thought it was right on for the climate right now. i whooped (really i did) when he said "We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders..." and "For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers." non-believers appreciate the shout out mr. president. The poem was a flop. the final convocation rocked. if you didn't see it you need to. it was the most memorable part of the inauguration.
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11 Comments

Paul Stiverson Says:

Jan 20, 2009

I seriously want to see Aretha’s hat photoshopped onto everybody’s head. EVERYBODY.

John Says:

Jan 20, 2009

Am I the only one that wishes a gospel style singer would just sing the song? Aretha has an amazing voice but I don't get why you have to repeat every other word in a song. It kind of ruins it for me. I thought the whole inauguration was great. Obama's speech was very well done.

Mark Says:

Jan 20, 2009

From what I got to listen to between conference calls it sounded like a nice event. 140+ Million dollars nice? I don't know because I didn't get to see any of it. There were two things I heard that really twisted me throughout the day

The "boo"ing of former President Bush, by the crowd, as he left the Whitehouse. We get it, you didn't like him, but that's not how you treat a Former President.

And the one comment by the older gentlemen who issued the second prayer: "and white will embrace what is right" ....really?

Paul Stiverson Says:

Jan 20, 2009

Also, what was with that poem? An exerpt: “Someone, somewhere understands what I’m babbling about.”

faith Says:

Jan 21, 2009

whooped (really i did) when he said "We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders..."
so did i. (=

john, i heartily agree. i don't need an interpretive-dance version of the song. however, i must say the version of "let it be" on the "across the universe" soundtrack is amazing.

mark, to be fair, the guy also said "the red man can get ahead, man." (wtf?)

mark Says:

Jan 21, 2009

maybe he thinks native americans still have a scalp fetish, I don't know, but it was out of line.

lew Says:

Jan 21, 2009

singing with unnecessary flourishes is crap when done by an american idol contestant. i thought aretha added few flourishes and the little she did sounded good. flourishes show off a great voice and she has a great voice. did y'all listen to the second prayer? it was hilarious and badass. that is the way to start a presidency. i don't think he was implying white people get it wrong. i think he was just rhyming and calling for unity. listen to it. it is tongue-in-cheek and irreverent (except for the actual reverence).

mark Says:

Jan 21, 2009

I did listen to it. The only "race" that had an implied negativity was white, the others had an implied history exclusion. If he had used a negative motif for all of them, or an implied exclusion for all of them it wouldn't seem like he was singling out a race as the "bad" guys.

You have weeks or possibly even months to prepare a speech with a rhyme scheme. If you're presenting on a national stage you're going to put intense thought and deliberation into each meaning, word and line that comes out of your mouth. (Unless, ofcourse you're a lady named Alexander and you're writing a poem)

faith Says:

Jan 21, 2009

lew, you're certainly entitled to your opinion on aretha. i wasn't crazy about her version of the song, and your list of its/her merits isn't gonna change my mind. surely we can agree to disagree. and as for the prayer, i did listen, and i wasn't saying anything at all about his level of seriousness or what he was trying to say about race...i just think it sounded stupid & wasn't at all funny or clever. clearly it worked for you, though. thank goodness we live in america, where everybody's allowed to voice whatever opinion they want. (=

LEW Says:

Jan 22, 2009

i cannot agree to disagree. on most things yes, but not on aretha. she is the queen and i her loyal subject. this is not america this is arethica.

faith Says:

Jan 22, 2009

then i'm seceding!

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