How in heck could President Barack Obama completely flub the oath of office? Listening on the radio, coming into Seattle this morning, it was heartbreaking to hear the Commander-in-Chief botch the most important act he'll ever do in his lifetime.
Almost drove the Stang into a median while Chief Justice John Roberts and the new President ad-libbed through the ceremony.
It will be curious to see how much of a free pass Obama receives from the national media over this. If it was George W. Bush who committed the blunder, talking heads and political experts would be falling over themselves chattering about how "that idiot from Texas" wasn't smart enough to take office and couldn't even recite a simple thirty-five word paragraph.
Jeers for Warren: It was pretty classless how Pastor Rick Warren
was treated by some of the more unruly members of the crowd gathered on
the Capitol Mall. Booing someone in the middle of a prayer, and a very
nondescript and moderate prayer at that, kind of shows a lack of
Obama's choice of Warren to give the invocation today has been the
subject of controversy by some of the more militant folks on the fringe
of the gay rights movement.
Jeers for Alexander: I mean seriously. We couldn't find a better poet laureate than Elizabeth Alexander?
America had Robert Frost in 1961. Maya Angelou in 1993. Miller Williams in 1997. And now Elizabeth Alexander in 2009.
Certainly one of these things is not like the other.
The reading of the poem, "Praise Song For The Day" did accomplish its main task by drawing attention away from Obama's rather dull and stilted Inaugural Address.
Democrats and Republicans, rich and poor, black and white, Jews and
gentiles can come together and agree that the lines Alexander delivered
today would make a Vogon, in Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the
"Someone is trying to make music somewhere with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum"
"A farmer considers the changing sky; A teacher says, 'Take out your pencils. Begin.'"
"In today's sharp sparkle, this winter air, anything can be made, any sentence begun."