Inauguration RecapPosted: January 20, 2009
OK, so I get that today was a big day. It’s very impressive to watch the simplicity in which we transition the person who, arguably, holds the most important job in the world.
At 11:59 a.m., one man is in power. At noon, another is in power. (give or take a few minutes, of course). And while that is going on, there are moving trucks, painters, workers and a whole lot of other people doing things we’ll never see.
I’m amazed at the simplicity — the seemlessness of it all.
I’m also amazed, quite frankly, at how some (er, most) people were so into this. Don’t get me wrong. I’m as patriotic as the next guy, but I haven’t put all my eggs in the Obama basket — not yet. It’s not that I don’t like him. And I certainly don’t envy him and the job he has in front of him, but, let’s face it, it’s an unbelievable task.
That said, getting back to today, what an unbelievable sight — millions of people on the mall to witness history. And millions more in front of TVs or computers to do the same.
Which, to me, leads to the most important job in this whole process being the person who is in charge of the ceremony. And that, quite frankly, is who this post is geared to.
Where do I start?
OK, how about the invocation. Up comes someone named Dr. Rick Warren. Doctor. Not Reverend. I’m sorry, but this guy wanted to be the show — not part of the show. And, I’m sorry again, but if it’s a religious thing, I want a reverend on hand, not a doctor.
Given the importance of this day in the history of our country — if not the world, heck, why wasn’t the Pope available? What do you think he was doing in Rome? Watching it on TV just like the rest of us!
Then came Aretha….sweet, Jesus, Aretha. I mean, seriously, who picked her? Couldn’t we have dusted off Whitney Houston for this? Alicia Keys maybe. But, Aretha? We want change, not the same old guard who could have sung at Truman’s inauguration.
And, besides, who told her it was OK to wear that hat?
The chief justice tries without notes?! Ugh. Are you kidding? Two million people and you can’t read off a piece of paper. OK, Barack stepped on your first line, but you have to recover better than that. Can’t get flustered in the moment. He ruined Barack’s moment. Ah, but that’s OK, Obama will get to sit the next judge, so that’ll be OK!
The poem? Not so much.
John Williams wrote a piece that was performed by a who’s who of musicians. I love John Williams. And this piece was fabulous. Finally, planning man gets it right!
Then, the one good thing that happened — Reverend Joseph Lowery. Ah, a reverend for the benediction. What a concept!
And, talk about saving the best for last. Planning man made up for everything with this guy. Are you kidding? He. Was. Fabulous. And, quite honestly, he’s the highlight of my day.
What was the higlight of your inauguration day?