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Inaugural musings

January 22, 2009 - Erin O'Neill
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 marked a milestone in this nation. Barack Hussein Obama took the oath of office, despite some fumblings, to become the 44th President of these United States. I, like many others, was glued to the TV for the day and most of the evening and I would like to offer my astute, albeit lame, observations:

- Aretha Franklin. Oh boy. I don't know what was worse, her rendition of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" (I think) or the Christmas package on her head.

- Michelle Obama could not have been comfortable in those shoes. She looked very elegant, yet soccer mom-ish, in the lemongrass dress by some designer that no one has heard of but when the first couple made their jaunt down Pennsylvania Ave., or Executive Drive or wherever they were, I couldn't help but feel sympathy pains for Mrs. Obama's tootsies. It was evident the day was wearing on her by the time the parade rolled around. She's definitely got the Miss America wave and fake smile down pat.

- Someone give that man a tissue! I couldn't help but notice the new first dude kept wiping his nose on his coat. Don't they pass out monogrammed hankies at these things?

- Speaking of the first dude...I loved how the Obama family communicated with the marching band from Barack's home state of Hawaii: "Hang Ten! Gnarrrrly"

- I have to credit my editor for reminding me of this but Sting, what were you thinking? The ex-Police frontman is definitely starting to show his age which is what, 112 now? You know, all that yoga and whatnot.

- $140 million? Yes I am aware a lot of the money for the zillion balls and galas was raised through private donations and stuff - yadayadayada - but come on man, we ARE in a recession, aren't we? Or did Washington not get the memo?

There was a lot to take in and I remind you that I am making light of (and poorly, I might add) a very momentous and joyous occasion. Have a favorite moment of your own? Want to tell me to take a flying leap? Talk about it here! I welcome your comments.


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