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Opening Arguments

Fun day, FUN day, FUN DAY!

The portable TV next to my computer terminal is tuned to the Inaugural. Three quick thoughts:

1. The announcer sounds like one of those guys telling us about the daredevil races: "Be sure to come to the track this Sunday, SUNday, SUNDAY, for THRILLS, SPILLS and CHILLS." When the vice president-elect came down, I almost expected to hear: "Biden, BiDEN, BIDEN."

2. They chickened out on "Barack Hussein Obama" and went with Barack H. Obama.

3. No hats, again. Sorry, haberdashers.

UPDATE: Lovely music from the quartet, appropriately playing an Aaron Copland piece. (It's on Youube already, naturally. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/classicalmusic/2009/01/inaugural_premiere_resonates_w.html I should have listened more closely -- it's an original piece by John Williams, who used the same "Simple Gifts" tune that Copland did and gave it a very Coplandesque treatment.)

And he went for it in the oath: I, Barack Hussein Obama . . .


Bob G.
Tue, 01/20/2009 - 1:01pm

I know, Leo...I had to tune in JUST because of the "solemnity" of the ceremonies, and then heard this announcer with the WWF crescendo-riddled voice proclaiming the "next event"...
So, where's the womens tag teams at, anyway???

Too cold?
Fine by me.