Inauguration: "We Are One" Concert

Update: Here's Bettye Lavette and Jon Bon Jovi and singing Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come." It's great. The replay just started. Bruce Springsteen and the choir on The Rising is amazing, the visual is as good as music. I think I'm hooked for the whole thing. Updates to come, if you're by a tv, turn it on. HBO is free if you have cable or satellite.

More faves: James Taylor, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles singing "Shower the People." Joe Biden was a downer after that. Mellencamp really rocked out in the second half of Little Pink Houses. They all look so cold out there. [More...]

Sheryl Crow and will.i.am didn't do it for me, either did Garth Brooks and his version of American Pie. I also could have done without G-d Bless America by Josh Grogan. Renee Fleming was terrible. Usher and Stevie Wonder were really good.

Bono really put his heart into his portion,particularly the second song, wiith his kind words for America and an expression of hope for both Israel and the Palestinians.

Obama's speaking now. He's followed by 89 year old Pete Seger -- and Bruce Springsteen -- on This Land is Your Land -- if that doesn't move you, I don't know what will. Beyonce closes it out with a spirited version of America the Beautiful and all the performers come out. The whole thing replays at 11:30pm ET. Don't miss it, it's a great show. It's moving, it's unifying, it's hopeful and patriotic. Thanks to HBO and each and every performer. We needed this.


The inauguration festivities for Barack Obama kicked off today with a "We Are One" concert on the National Mall. I tuned in as the credits were rolling so I haven't seen it yet. HBO will replay the two hour event at 7pm and 9:30 pm ET.

A photo slideshow is here. If you saw it, what were the highlights?

Time Life is already hawking an inauguration dvd calling it the "Change is Now " official inauguration collection. Not sold in stores, only $29.95. It includes several hours of Obama's campaign speeches. Is that a joke? Why would we want to listen to those again?

I'm looking forward to the actual inauguration on Tuesday. The pre-inaugural festivities, not so much. How about you?

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    I feel the same way. I'm ready for Tuesday (5.00 / 6) (#2)
    by Teresa on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 04:32:35 PM EST
    and I think the marketing of our new President is way overboard. It may be because every single close friend I have joined me as unemployed this week.

    I'm ready for jobs and health care to be as important as speeches and celebrations. This giddiness under the circumstances is way too much for me.

    sh!t (5.00 / 3) (#17)
    by Fabian on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:42:42 PM EST
    Sorry to hear that.  

    Sometimes I just want to ask the world "WHY?".

    Why didn't they listen when the economists were saying the housing bubble was going to pop?  Over retailed?  Losing too many manufacturing jobs?  Building too many energy hog sprawlburbs?

    I never wanted to say "We told you so.".  I'd much rather the Powers That Be listened and changed course so I'd never, ever have to say that.



    Lots of my friends were employed (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by inclusiveheart on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 06:43:10 PM EST
    because of this celebration.

    I have to say that this was a great production and production people are people too.

    I didn't go to the Mall, but the reports from my friends who have is that it was really great.

    I was just saying to a friend who stopped by that healthcare was key and frankly after all the mind-melding of the Bush Administration that focused on "the individual" - this concert isn't a bad thing for healthcare ultimately - it is full on propoganda in its own way - but it is incredibly positive propaganda and may help us get to positive things in our public initiatives - like the common good - and specifically universal single-payer healthcare.

    At least all the artists aren't singing those Bush era "Us v. Them" songs.


    I am too busy shoveling out from (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by befuddledvoter on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 04:49:57 PM EST
    another storm.  I have a real life. I cannot watch all this stuff.  I don't like that many programs are on HBO.  Not everyone HAS HBO, ya know.  Hopefully, I will get to watch on Tuesday, assuming that is not HBO also.

    i thiink hbo made it free (5.00 / 3) (#6)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:03:29 PM EST
    to anyone with cable or satellite. All the inaugural events.

    That's Different (5.00 / 0) (#20)
    by daring grace on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:48:16 PM EST
    I was especially going to watch (when I probably wouldn't have otherwise) to see Pete Seeger. At 89, he doesn't have much voice left (but then, I saw him about 20 years ago and he didn't have much left then either!). But he is, for me, such a symbol of peaceful defiance against oppression and productive changemaking (witness the Hudson River).

    I've been cursing out HBO all afternoon. Now I'll have to go find it...


    Pete Seeger was great (5.00 / 0) (#31)
    by inclusiveheart on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 06:49:02 PM EST
    as were those who accompanied him.

    They did a cool call and response act.

    Definitely worth finding the channel :)


    Not on Comcast (5.00 / 1) (#93)
    by Amiss on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 11:17:16 PM EST
    at least in the Tallahassee market, I checked, since I had decided that we could do without HBO this year in these times. I was really disappointed that it was not available.

    Too bad they didn't (4.00 / 3) (#18)
    by Fabian on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:46:54 PM EST
    throw in a month's subscription too!

    I don't really care if I see it or not.  The whole primary & general election over exposed Obama.  I've seen so much noise and hype that more noise and hype is like another stinking commercial trying to sell me yet another thing that I don't need.

    Give me what I need.  Show me the change.

    No more talk.


    Show Me? (5.00 / 0) (#23)
    by squeaky on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:53:00 PM EST
    That reminds me of the four son's central to the Passover story.

    If be the change is the message and your response is show me, you are not going to get very far out of your rut.

    The fourth son is apathetic. He's not thinking and he doesn't much care. So we tell him the same answer we gave to the Evil Son -- because apathy can be very easily turned into hate and rejection. That's why Judaism says apathy is an aspect of evil. And that's why this son is listed last. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

    can you give the griping a rest (5.00 / 9) (#24)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 06:18:08 PM EST
    It's a historic event and day. If you're not interested, scroll on by. No need to ruin it for the rest of us, you've made your displeasure known.

    Too bad because it was so good (5.00 / 2) (#30)
    by inclusiveheart on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 06:47:18 PM EST
    that I am actually watching it again on the second round.

    Well produced, the acts were all great, the speeches are really beautiful and the musical choices fantastic.  You are missing out.

    And just for anyone who is interested HBO is definitely free to all today - I cancelled them because of belt tightening last month - but it is on at my house right now - no problem.


    It was up to each cable system. Mine isn't (none / 0) (#35)
    by Teresa on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:04:06 PM EST
    showing it on digital or otherwise. I would call and complain but Charter Cable has no humans working there as far as I can tell.

    That is not okay. (5.00 / 1) (#39)
    by inclusiveheart on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:19:53 PM EST
    I am seeing YouTube links already and if you can you should check out Sheryl Crow, Will.I.Am and Herbie Hancock doing "One Love".

    Personally, I was loving the idea of Bob Marley - where ever he is now - seeing one of his signature songs being performed for a US Presidential Inauguration celebration.

    The Stevie Wonder gig was also pretty fab I tink :)


    Celebration (5.00 / 2) (#98)
    by Natal on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 11:35:08 PM EST
    is uplifting for the soul. Negativity is so destructive to one's evolution. Enjoy!

    But not Big Love? (none / 0) (#41)
    by BarnBabe on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:31:02 PM EST
    Which starts again tonight?

    I listened on NPR (5.00 / 0) (#10)
    by akaEloise on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:21:58 PM EST
    It was very good; I did well up a bit when Pete Seeger sang (he's at the very end of the show, after Obama speaks).  I'm recording the HBO free version later too.  

    Simply Awesome (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by keramik on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:38:07 PM EST
    Can anyone imagine Pete Seeger on an official or semi-official governmental program until now?  Talk about change!
    I was almost overwhelmed with the all of the  "propaganda" on what i consider  American Values.

    If your eyes didn't moisten with Garth Brooks, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Stevie Wonder, Cheryl Crowe, U2, all the rest and ------ Pete Seeger and his signature song "This land is  My Land, This land is your land..." ---- then you are emotionally dead.  

    The high point was hearing celebrities say that it is up to US -- you and me -- to hold Obama responsible, and accountable.

    Thanks to HBO for making it free !

    Well, actually, President Clinton (5.00 / 2) (#50)
    by Peter G on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:44:51 PM EST
    awarded Pete Seeger a National Medal of  Arts (as well as Lincoln Center Honors in 1994.

    Bono nailed it (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Sinyet on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:38:23 PM EST
    Bono spoke truth to power by mentioning the hope of the Palestinians as much as that of the Israelis.

    Bono did that well (none / 0) (#42)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:32:56 PM EST
    I liked the train ride (5.00 / 4) (#16)
    by andgarden on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:41:19 PM EST
    I'm hoping for better days for Amtrak.

    Okay so here is another thing (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by inclusiveheart on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:15:31 PM EST
    about this concert that might help appreciate it in context of the difficultly rating.

    It would probably be fair to say that it could be rated at a difficulty rating or a 9 or a 10 for the musicians and singers and here is why...

    Singing just one song is hard - usually performers and the guys at the sound board use the first three songs at a concert to get it all together.  That is reason number one which is why so often at the Academy Awards we see performers not quite as great as they have been in other shows we've seen.  Pulling off a great "one hit wonder" is much tougher than most people understand.  

    Then there is the cold.  It is hard to sing well in cold, dry weather hovering near freezing tempuratures.  Instruments don't always respond well to extreme cold or heat either...  

    And finally, many of these artists are performing with other people that they don't perform with on a regular basis.

    I think they've delivered a basically flawless set of performances and that is quite something especially when you understand the level of difficulty here.

    Yep. Ditto that. (5.00 / 0) (#51)
    by shoephone on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:45:37 PM EST
    Try playing an acoustic guitar in 25 degree weather. Yiiiiikes.....

    Do they have gloves? (none / 0) (#65)
    by samtaylor2 on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 09:02:51 PM EST
    Yes most had fingerless gloves (none / 0) (#78)
    by inclusiveheart on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 09:25:43 PM EST
    but the thing is that the instruments respond differently and sound different in those temps - all that expanding and contracting that can happen in cold or heat can change a lot...

    Stupid music question (none / 0) (#83)
    by samtaylor2 on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 09:46:45 PM EST
    Will musicians leave the instrument in the cold for a while (assuming they are playing in the cold) before they play it, to get the contractions out of it./ Will they climatize their instruments???

    Bad idea to leave instruments out in the cold. (5.00 / 1) (#95)
    by shoephone on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 11:23:51 PM EST
    I guess it's sort of a no-win situation, so players just have to make the best of it! Anyone who sounds halfway decent in cold weather gets my r.e.s.p.e.c.t.

    Garth Brooks Brought it (5.00 / 5) (#40)
    by samtaylor2 on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:24:08 PM EST
    That was a great set.  


    People need to relax here at TL.  This is a great show.  Millions of people worked to get Obama elected and are having a good time at this show, and throughout this extended weekend.  It is important to have good times that people can share to think back on when things get crazy (which they will).  

    It is a great show (5.00 / 4) (#45)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:39:39 PM EST
    and the commenters who are complaining are few and certainly do not speak for TalkLeft.

    gee jeralyn, i thought only YOU (1.00 / 1) (#126)
    by cpinva on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:21:33 AM EST
    spoke for talkleft, everyone else spoke for themselves.

    myself, i've pretty much had with the deifying of pres.-elect. "jesus christ" obama. but then, i'd had it with that a year ago, when he was merely candidate "jesus christ" obama.

    he's not lincoln, kennedy and FDR, rolled into one. geez, the guy barely has exhibited any actual substance to speak of. yet, here are all of you sheeple, acting like he's the second coming. you're no better than the other brainless twits who, to this day, still comprise the 10% or so of "true believers" in bush.

    for reasons not now clear to me (oh, i remember, i gave you credit for a brain!), i expected better of you. silly me!

    i certainly recognize the historic nature of this occasion (probably far more than you do.), i also recognize the very real likelihood of failure, due, in large part, to wildly inflated expectations.

    come talk to me in 6 months, when the new pres. has actually accomplished something concretely positive, then you can chastise me for not having "faith".


    You're Listening to Too Much MSM (5.00 / 4) (#131)
    by daring grace on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:36:51 AM EST
    or maybe to that small (but, yes, vocal) group of Obama supporters who idealize him the way you describe.

    I've NEVER seen JM do that--not even anything close to that. What's more I rarely see that kind of dewy-eyed canonizing of Obama around TL--and the few times I have it's almost always been greeted with snorts and brought back to earth.

    Historic moment, absolutely.

    But more than that: a welcome end to the agonies of the last eight years. Whatever Obama/Biden are---and I agree with you Obama is neither a deity or a reincarnation of any former iconic prez--they are also not any kind of retread of Bush/Cheney. THAT'S what many of us are feeling especially euphoric about at this historic moment.


    The show was great, and in front of (5.00 / 0) (#155)
    by KeysDan on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 02:54:05 PM EST
    the Lincoln Memorial made it only more so. For some, it may seem a little over the top, but the country really needs some patriotic cheerleading at this point to help reinvigorate the old and educate the young.

    Calling ppl 'brainless twits' and 'sheeple' (5.00 / 1) (#135)
    by byteb on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:46:49 AM EST
    or referring Obama as "jesus Christ' Obama is uncalled for.  

    Cpinva.... (5.00 / 1) (#144)
    by vml68 on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 11:49:21 AM EST
    While I agree with your (thoughts)whole post, I do think that bashing Jeralyn on her blog is not cool. It is kinda like insulting your host in their own home...not very classy.

    Hmmm (none / 0) (#128)
    by squeaky on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:28:26 AM EST
    Sounds like a stereotypical bean counter response. Life is too short.

    The only problem with shows like this (none / 0) (#49)
    by samtaylor2 on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:43:18 PM EST
    Is it makes me really jealous as I do have a single ounce of musical ability- and it just reminds me of this short coming :).  

    The Only Ability You Need (none / 0) (#127)
    by squeaky on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:26:31 AM EST
    To play music is to be able to sit down for a half hour every day for two or three years, after five years you will certainly be singing a different tune.

    no, we aren't "One". (5.00 / 3) (#43)
    by cpinva on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:34:24 PM EST
    if that were indeed the case, then we wouldn't be celebrating the departure of one G.W. Bush, as much, if not more, than we are celebrating the (peaceful) inauguration of a new president.

    so please, don't delude yourselves into thinking this is some new dawning, it isn't. the dark powers that supported the bush regime are still out there, holding fast to the reins of actual power.

    obama is naught but a mere figurehead, until we surgically remove the cancers that own him.

    I liked it.... (5.00 / 2) (#91)
    by sneezy on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 10:35:17 PM EST
    and the Obama girls were so cute taking pictures of the celebs.  Like they aren't the biggest celeb kids in the country at the moment.

    I haven't been totally happy with Obama to date, but honestly, things can only be looking up with Bush leaving office.  Thank all that is good in the universe that we are less than two days away from the end of the Bush era.  And I'm not at all offended by a big ole party to celebrate that.

    You just have to love Pete Seeger and his funky little stocking cap singing with the Boss.  It was pretty darn sweet.

    "Obamabot" (5.00 / 1) (#94)
    by byteb on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 11:18:20 PM EST
    says it all: ODS

    that comment was deleted (5.00 / 2) (#101)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 11:44:59 PM EST
    No personal insults and name-calling.

    For those of you who just want to complain about Obama, go find a right-wing blog. Criticism is one thing, repetitively spewing insults at him or his supporters is not welcome.

    There will be plenty of policy decisions to disagree with him about in the coming months/years. He's not even President yet, this is not the time or the post. The post is about the concert and inaugural events.


    I have seen (none / 0) (#119)
    by lentinel on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 09:06:01 AM EST
    that term used by BTD.

    I used it to refer to people who are so enamored of Obama that they insult those who are not. I never insult those who post in favor of Obama. I sometimes express an opposing point of view.

    I think this concert festival is appalling considering the ongoing war.

    I think the inaugural would have had more meaning if the ceremony were between the Chief Justice and Obama. Televising the event would be enough.

    I will feel like celebrating when the war ends.

    You are entitled to feel anything you want.
    I just don't care for your attributing my comments to some ulterior, less than honest motive.


    lentinel, thanks for getting my back (none / 0) (#147)
    by allimom99 on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 12:38:19 PM EST
    yesterday. As you can see, my difference of opinion got my hand slapped, never mind that I was the one told to 'get over it, etc" I don't recall insulting anyone myself, but tried to make nice with someone I disagreed with. Very confusing.

    allimom (5.00 / 1) (#96)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 11:30:13 PM EST
    you are insulting other commenters. Please stop or you will be banned from the site.

    allimom (5.00 / 1) (#99)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 11:35:12 PM EST
    this thread is about the concert today. It's not about health care. And you have 12 comments in this thread alone. I'm cleaining it up now. Please don't chatter and don't insult people here.

    Sorry - I was responding to a poster who (none / 0) (#113)
    by allimom99 on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 07:18:34 AM EST
    insulted ME.

    I loved it all... (5.00 / 2) (#100)
    by santarita on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 11:38:52 PM EST
    the musicians and the audience for enduring that frigid weather.  

    I loved the readings and the fact that there were readings.  I loved the Jamie Foxx imitation of Obama's election night speech.  I loved the fact that the organizers were trying to appeal to as many segments of the country as possible.  It was an attempt at walking the walk...

    I thought all of the singers did well given the cold and the acoustics.  I'm an opera fan so I loved Renee' Fleming's rendition of one of my favorite songs. I don't think I'd ever heard Garth Brooks (at least intentionally) but I thought that he got the crowd into it.

    And I can't remember who sang the Blues Brothers' song but it was fun.  

    Most of all, I loved the fact that for the first time in 8 years we have a president who is going to be appealing to the best parts of our natures as opposed to the darkest part.

    HBO has responded (5.00 / 1) (#114)
    by TimNCGuy on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 07:31:50 AM EST
    putting the blame for not broadcasting Bishop Robinson on the event organizers.  Robinson was PLANNED by the organizers as part of the "pre" show.  There was a 10 minute break after Robinson's prayer before the HBO broadcast began.

    Since Obama's arrival was broadcast at the beginning of the broadcast, that means that Obama was not even seated for the event when Robinson gave his prayer.

    Robinson was the "olive branch" Obama was handing out the the LGBT community because of all the protest over Rev Warren.  And then they specifically schedule him to appear BEFORE the broadcast began.

    The audio problems at the live event may have been accidental.  The audio problems may have only been at SOME of the HUGE speakers on the mall.  But, it is curious how those audio problems began just as Robinson started to speak and cleared up just after his prayer ended.

    Even if the plan was to not have Robinson be part of the "official" concert event, Robinson's prayer could still have been shown on the news channels such as MSNBC and CNN as they showed wall-to-wall coverage of everything leading up to the concert.

    Third time (none / 0) (#118)
    by Peter G on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 09:00:57 AM EST
    you make this claim about the sound going out, in contradiction to the reports linked by Squeaky, and still no source provided, Tim.

    here is a link for you (none / 0) (#140)
    by TimNCGuy on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 11:20:48 AM EST

    I have read these same accounts on many OTHER blogs as well.


    Enjoy the festivities folks... (5.00 / 1) (#124)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 09:53:50 AM EST
    because I fear this is as good as its gonna get in regards to an Obama administration...so make it extra good and party up...it's all down hill from here, we've got one helluva mess.

    O.Our.God! (5.00 / 1) (#133)
    by cpinva on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:40:48 AM EST
    obama is the second coming! it must be! kdog and i finally agreed on something!

    it's a miracle! :)


    See, we ARE one! (5.00 / 2) (#138)
    by ruffian on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 11:02:12 AM EST
    LOL..... (5.00 / 1) (#142)
    by vml68 on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 11:34:49 AM EST
    Whether you agree with Kdog or not, you've got to give the guy credit for never being mean or condescending, which is more than I can say for some other posters.

    I love Kdog. I think he'd give any one of us (5.00 / 3) (#143)
    by Teresa on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 11:38:30 AM EST
    the shirt off his back. He's a sweetie.

    He is a sweetie..... (5.00 / 1) (#145)
    by vml68 on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 11:55:47 AM EST
    them's fighting words Teresa. Most guys I know want to be thought of as cool and hip, not 'sweeties'.....  :-)!

    Ladies... (5.00 / 2) (#146)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 12:02:02 PM EST
    call me sweetie anytime:)

    Agree 100% (5.00 / 2) (#148)
    by ruffian on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 01:00:07 PM EST
    I'd knit him a sweater if I could

    Cut it out now... (none / 0) (#152)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 01:48:15 PM EST
    my co-workers will wonder why I'm blushing:)

    Likewise on the kind words...one day we need to have a Talkeft Convention and put these inauguration parties to shame, show 'em how its really done:)


    Concert (5.00 / 1) (#154)
    by klshane on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 02:46:45 PM EST
    It was all fine and dandy having a concert "for the people" but because of commercialism, I will not be able to watch it because I don't subscribe to HBO. Something is wrong with this picture...

    Once more (none / 0) (#156)
    by CoralGables on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 03:42:25 PM EST
    there is nothing keeping you from watching the whole concert for free from where you are sitting. It's available in it's entirety on the web.

    HBO Inaugural Concert

    right click on the video and zoom and you can fill the whole screen.


    It's made deliberately 'Not Available' (none / 0) (#157)
    by Alien Abductee on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 04:30:07 PM EST
    to those of us residing outside the country. Have to make do with youtube clips via German TV. You have to admit there's something mighty ironic about this corporation taking down Pete Seeger and his

    There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
    Sign was painted, it said private property;
    But on the back side it didn't say nothing;
    That side was made for you and me.

    Guess you gotta go to Europe to find that back side that doesn't say nothing.


    Also This (5.00 / 1) (#158)
    by squeaky on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 04:43:36 PM EST
    Via Hilzoy and Americablog: Irony is dead, the Inauguration edition. "HBO has taken down the video of 'This Land Is Your Land' from yesterday, citing copyright infringement."

    war & piece


    It's going to be years of this kind of thing. (3.75 / 4) (#4)
    by tigercourse on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 04:55:14 PM EST
    Obama and his team get showmanship. They understand the value of pagentry quite well. They are going to try to stretch out this inauguration into his next term. I was tired of it before it began so this is going to be a long haul for me.

    it just started today (5.00 / 4) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:07:49 PM EST
    Don't blame Obama for the media coverage. It's not his doing. He really has not been a media seeker. The media is just obsessed. Bad economic times, they need to sell ads, so it's wall to wall coverage.

    If you don't care for Obama, at least be fair and admit it's not the inauguration that's bothering you.

    For tens of millions of people this is a historic event.


    All politicians are media seekers. It's (5.00 / 5) (#9)
    by tigercourse on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:20:39 PM EST
    part of the job.

    Indeed (5.00 / 6) (#13)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:36:06 PM EST
    I thought you were complimenting Obama and his team's political acumen.

    This rollout has been brilliant.


    It started yesterday. An all day train ride. (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Teresa on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:33:36 PM EST
    Surely you didn't miss David Gergen and his hat? Live on CNN (and all the rest) from the time I woke up until I went to bed.

    I enjoyed seeing so many happy people standing in the cold. I will never agree that Obama isn't a media seeker though. Never ever. That's okay with me ,though, if he uses his media/speaking skills to sell the programs we need.


    I did miss it (none / 0) (#25)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 06:19:09 PM EST
    This is the first time I've had the tv on since Thursday night. I watched movies last night.

    Here's one (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by Teresa on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 06:59:43 PM EST
    It was pretty neat. The train went through (none / 0) (#26)
    by Teresa on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 06:24:08 PM EST
    rural areas where just a few people lived and they were out in the cold waving. It was on all day. If I see a slide show, I'll link it for you.

    Axelrod owns two media companies... (none / 0) (#52)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:46:02 PM EST
    So, it would follow that, for better or worse, Obama became a "media darling" and a "media seeker" when he hired a media professional to run his campaign.

    David Axelrod's political consulting services are operated through his firm AKP&D Message & Media. He also operates a second business from the same office, ASK Public Strategies, which creates strategy and advertising campaigns for corporate clients...

    ASK's operations, client roster, and revenue remain confidential...The firm has helped set up front organizations that were listed as sponsors of public-issue ads, a practice referred to as "astroturfing." [Wikipedia]

    That being said, it's quite a show - no arguments here.


    We are one mess. (3.75 / 4) (#54)
    by lentinel on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 08:11:25 PM EST
    A few days ago, Friday, our new leader said that he always thought [Bush] was a "good guy.""I mean, I think personally he is a good man who loves his family and loves his country,"

    Obama also said he thought Bush made "the best decisions that he could at times under some very difficult circumstances."

    This is last Friday that Obama came up with this crap.

    I don't think Bush is a good guy.
    I think he's a bad guy.
    He made terrible decisions.
    Not wrong decisions. Terrible decisions.
    I couldn't care less if he loves his family, and I don't believe he could have led us to meaningless wars, killing kids, if he loved his country.

    Today Obama said he wanted to fulfill the dreams of "our" founding fathers. I think this is delusional crazy talk. If he were serious he'd take off the flag pin and kick Rick Warren of the set of what should be a sacred moment. Sacred in the sense that it is meaningful.

    I was watching a re-broadcast of the program, "The Prisoner" produced by Patrick McGoohan. The scenes of the little village, with its' little marching bands and martial music, going around in circles put me in mind of the idiocy I feel is unfolding before us. I couldn't believe Obama's train ride. It looks as if he's in a kiddie park.

    I know I'm supposed to get into the spirit of something or other.
    I'm supposed to be celebrating. But I'm aware that every day an American soldier is being killed for nothing. I'm aware that American soldiers are being made to kill innocent people on a daily basis - with no end in sight.

    I'm aware that people have lost their homes - and the government isn't going to do anything to help them get them back. They are spending our hard-earned tax money bailing out the rich and letting the poor go about having lost everything.

    I don't feel like celebrating.
    I don't see how Obama can party right now.
    I just don't.

    We Get It (5.00 / 3) (#125)
    by daring grace on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:13:07 AM EST
    You don't like Obama.
    You don't support Obama.
    You seem to disagree (and/or feel appalled at) everything he says and does.

    Like it or not--and many times I don't--Obama ran as a uniter, not a divider. And unlike Bush who also said he was aiming for that it looks like Obama really means it. Hence he reaches out to the Repubs and the conservative Christians, etc. Just to be a nice guy? Well, maybe. But there is strategy in this too: to get his agenda passed soonest with the least amount of BS, the likes of which we've suffered through so much the last couple of decades.

    Maybe it's totally wrongheaded and he'll fall flat on his face with it. Or...maybe not. If you look at the totality of the Obama administration--and all the skilled policy and political people he has around him you might see that there's a great chance for some real work to get done, stuff we've been starving for the last 8 years.

    By the way, this is also just what he ran on and part of what got him so resoundingly elected. Many, many Americans, judging by his vote totals and poll numbers seem to want what he's offering.


    you conveniently forget, (5.00 / 0) (#129)
    by cpinva on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:31:13 AM EST
    Like it or not--and many times I don't--Obama ran as a uniter, not a divider.

    so did bush. look where that got us.

    i'd much prefer (but hey, that's apparently just me, and i can live with it.), that the democratic president ran as someone who would prefer to unite, but if necessary, with majorities in both houses, was more than willing to run roughshod over obstructionist republicans, to get things done that need to be done.

    obama is not, as we have already borne witness to, that democrat.


    I Didn't Forget (5.00 / 1) (#132)
    by daring grace on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:39:51 AM EST
    You didn't read what I wrote:

    And unlike Bush who also said he was aiming for that it looks like Obama really means it.


    Shorter version of lentinel: (5.00 / 1) (#134)
    by byteb on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:42:01 AM EST
    (to save time)

    Everything Obama does or says is very wrong.  


    Agree. With the current climate, (2.33 / 6) (#58)
    by allimom99 on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 08:34:46 PM EST
    better symbolism might have been had by toning it down A LOT. At $150 million, it just seems so insensitive.

    As mentioned (5.00 / 6) (#59)
    by Alien Abductee on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 08:44:07 PM EST
    above, that figure is incorrect. The Obama inauguration will cost $45 million, as compared to Bush's $42.3 million. Perhaps you think he should just forego his inauguration ceremony altogether?

    See Media Matters on the right-wing smears being thrown around on this, and how RW media outlets are trying to mislead people and gin up outrage over the costs, which are not out of line with previous presidential inauguration festivities.


    OK (5.00 / 1) (#61)
    by lentinel on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 08:55:43 PM EST
    But if he had had a simple ceremony, and was willing to forgo all of the balls and the rest - it would have been a change.

    So he's not doing anything that Bush didn't do.
    Not much of a recommendation.


    Clinton spent $33 million in 1993 (5.00 / 4) (#68)
    by Alien Abductee on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 09:08:22 PM EST
    Wonder how much that is in 2009 adjusted dollars? Probably not much different is my guess.

    Just admit it - you begrudge him being inaugurated at all. You should just say so. I respect honesty.


    Not at all. In fact, I very much hope he is (none / 0) (#71)
    by allimom99 on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 09:14:39 PM EST
    successful. All of our future depends on it. I'm in CA and voted Green, because their platform most closely matches my outlook and hopes for the future. Voted for Clinton the first time, but not the 2nd. Don't assume you know who I am.

    If you'll notice, (none / 0) (#73)
    by Alien Abductee on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 09:18:56 PM EST
    that comment was not directed to you.

    Sorry if not - it did look that way. My bad. (none / 0) (#74)
    by allimom99 on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 09:21:09 PM EST
    Guess we'll have to disagree here, but I usually agree w/your posts.

    OK (none / 0) (#76)
    by Alien Abductee on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 09:23:17 PM EST
    No prob.

    Thanks AA (5.00 / 3) (#69)
    by Politalkix on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 09:08:36 PM EST
    Pres. Clintons's inauguration cost $33 million; his inauguration was also held during a very bad economic climate. I hope that puts the costs for Pres-Elect Obama's inaugural ceremony in perspective.

    Some will always kvetch (5.00 / 4) (#75)
    by Alien Abductee on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 09:22:24 PM EST
    and keep on kvetching no matter what.

    But at least we can try to keep the facts straight.


    I'm aware of all that - I can read, but my point (3.40 / 5) (#60)
    by allimom99 on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 08:53:18 PM EST
    had NOTHING to do with taxpayer money. We're all being asked to sacrificed (like we haven't already - husband laid off, my hours cut). Don't see a whole lot worth celebrating, but thanks for assuming I have no brain because I'm not seeing unicorns.

    Heh (3.60 / 5) (#64)
    by Alien Abductee on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 08:59:01 PM EST
    That Obama. Having an inauguration at all seems just so insensitive...

    I find these extravaganzas obscene in a time of (3.66 / 6) (#29)
    by suzieg on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 06:46:13 PM EST
    war. How can I, in true conscience, have any thing good to say about events to celebrate Obama tributes to his ego when I criticized Bush for his over the top inauguration festivities.

    Not only are we at war, but the country is bankrupt! I find the whole thing an affront to all the millions of americans who are suffering economically and to the families of our soldiers! How about using this $151 million to buy them armored vehicles! I find Obama's continued quest for adoration/adulation by using over the top spectacles, troubling....

    Apparently (5.00 / 3) (#34)
    by daring grace on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:00:38 PM EST
    Many, many people disagree with your interpretation of these events.

    Myself, I don't see them as any more or less aggrandizing of Obama per se than are any other presidential inaugural events in other years.

    What I see in the people participating is a feeling of uniting in an incredibly welcome and relieving transition from what we've been going through to the potential for a much better time--and solutions for all the problems we are facing.

    I guess if you don't believe Obama is up to the task then you'll see this as empty spectacle. For many people---especially those of us who are stressed and frightened at the thought of what our futures hold--it feels more like an expression of American strength and a celebration of what we will do as a country to build a better life tomorrow.

    I'll admit I'm only half on board with all the events. I'm waiting for the inauguration itself mostly. But the enthusiasm and excitement I see in people who are engaged doesn't seem only centered on Obama the spectacle. Not at all.


    It seems that the majority of Americans (5.00 / 4) (#97)
    by Politalkix on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 11:31:23 PM EST
    agree with Daring Grace. Despite the bad economy and the wars that we are involved with, the majority of people in our country are in a mood to celebrate the inauguration [link], despite its costs. A lot of people see the inauguration as the coming together of America, a celebration of democracy and the dawn of a new era of optimism.

    You obviously don't live in DC (2.60 / 5) (#36)
    by jbindc on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:09:26 PM EST
    This inauguration is ALL about Obama the Man - not the office he is about to take. And, BTD is right - they have done a good job of marketing it - to the tune of over $150 million (most of that your tax dollars)

    Obama's inauguration will cost (5.00 / 7) (#56)
    by Alien Abductee on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 08:26:07 PM EST
    $45 million, compared to Bush's $42.3 million (and is being paid for by private funds, by the way, not taxpayers). The massive costs for security are being counted in the $150-160 million figure some people are throwing around. Large costs for security are needed at any inauguration festivities and are in fact expected to total $75 million in this case, according to the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland and their federal requests to cover inauguration costs.

    Right-wing sources like Fox & Friends and their allies on the blogs are trying to gin up resentment by implying the cost of Obama's inauguration is massively out-of-line. They're lying, as usual. Big surprise.


    Actually, no (5.00 / 1) (#121)
    by jbindc on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 09:21:44 AM EST


    Bush's second - the number you quote $42.3 million - did not include security, so yes, (especially for a second inaugural) it was an obscene amount of money. The $45 million you throw around for this inauguration also does not include security, which will be picked up by taxpayers for the 4 day weekend, as opposed to the one day inaugural celebrations of the past.



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    President-elect Barack Obama speaks during AP - President-elect Barack Obama speaks during 'We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln ...

    As the recession continues to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy and inauguration celebrations ramp up, a lot of people are asking: "How much will this shindig cost?"

    The short answer? Likely more than $150 million -- and yep, that could be the most expensive ever. (George W. Bush was given a hard time for the $42.3 million cost of his inauguration celebrations ... but that number, as Media Matters points out, did not include any security.)

    And the long answer includes few balloons and a lot of beefed-up security. For the first time, President Bush has declared an emergency in Washington, D.C. to supplement the $15 million Congress has already allotted for security measures. It's no surprise that security costs are sky-high -- Barack Obama received Secret Service protection very early in his presidential run and record crowds (likely anywhere from 1.5 to 3 million people) are expected for the events. In fact, the Secret Service will be in charge of security not just for inauguration day, but for four days, starting Saturday with Obama's train ride from Philadelphia. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the AP:

    "It will be the most security, as far as I'm aware, that any inauguration's had."

    Considering the economic mess we are in, it certainly is fair to question the amount being spent.


    the majority of the money fundraised came from (none / 0) (#110)
    by suzieg on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 06:10:38 AM EST
    Wall Street firms and banks which got bailout money -therefore it's taxpayers' money!

    Really? (5.00 / 1) (#115)
    by Steve M on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 07:32:55 AM EST
    I seem to remember a controversy the last few weeks because the Treasury Department refuses to disclose which financial institutions got bailout money.  Is it possible that you and Hank Paulson are the only two people to know?!?

    Changey wangey (2.00 / 1) (#11)
    by lentinel on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:24:42 PM EST
    Change is now!
    Change we can believe in.
    Be the change.
    Change the channel.

    After the PBS Civil Rights special (2.00 / 0) (#22)
    by Fabian on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:50:14 PM EST
    the TV went off.

    's funny.  The Bush administration kept saying right up until the end "History will be the judge.".  Wonder what the PBS documentaries will look like....


    B. Springsteen & P. Seeger (none / 0) (#1)
    by Peter G on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 04:30:15 PM EST
    doing "This Land Is Your Land"!  Where's the YouTube of it?

    there's a rehearsal video up (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:02:44 PM EST
    on you tube.

    This is the best I have seen (none / 0) (#102)
    by CoralGables on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 11:45:46 PM EST
    looks like the live one to me

    Pete Seeger


    THANK YOU!!! (5.00 / 0) (#136)
    by daring grace on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:47:42 AM EST
    My cable company was NOT running HBO for those of us who don't subscribe so this was a special treat.

    Watching Pete up there brought tears to my eyes. I think because he represents to me the bridging of the older generation of dissent whose numbers are (with time) so diminished and almost gone from us.

    Made me think of all that he's been part of including the right wing attack in Peekskill.


    Daring (5.00 / 1) (#139)
    by CoralGables on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 11:18:30 AM EST
    Just for you (if you have nothing better to do), the concert is supposed to be replayed on HBO in 45 minutes....or you can watch it online anytime here

    Inaugural Concert


    HBO has removed it (none / 0) (#149)
    by Cream City on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 01:00:18 PM EST
    and many others from YouTube.

    Corporate American wins, controlling even the public memory of the inauguration concert. . . .


    Here's another, up for a while (none / 0) (#150)
    by Cream City on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 01:02:57 PM EST
    if you see this in time.

    it is all (none / 0) (#151)
    by CoralGables on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 01:16:37 PM EST
    available for free from start to finish on HBO.com though. I watched and listened during Laundry Monday Morning.

    HBO serves a narrow public (none / 0) (#153)
    by Cream City on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 02:24:25 PM EST
    unfortunately, a real problem with the decision to exclusively sell the sacred public place, the Lincoln Memorial, only for those who can afford the increasingly expensive cable packages with HBO.  It would have been preferable to put it on PBS, but that would not have raised much money for all this.

    Fortunately, we do have HBO (I don't watch much tv, but the spouse does) -- but since Woodstock, I haven't been one to wade through hours of music for parts that are really worth seeing and preserving.  So I'm hoping to catch more of the bits and bytes on YouTube, until HBO takes 'em down.  I still enjoy excerpts on YouTube from the Clinton inauguration -- apparently pre-exclusive rights era?

    But yeh, anything to bop through laundry mornings.


    With Digby on This (none / 0) (#8)
    by squeaky on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:15:51 PM EST

    I just saw Obama hug Bishop Robinson at the Lincoln Memorial and it did my heart good. Unfortunately it was right after he hugged Bono so none of the gasbags (that I heard) mentioned it.

    I so wish they'd asked Robinson to give the invocation at the inauguration and had Rick Warren do today's event with a bunch of celebrities. He fits into that category far better than Father Robinson.


    That would be nice. At least we will know ahead of time what the lowpoint of the Inauguration will be..

    too bad (5.00 / 2) (#90)
    by TimNCGuy on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 10:32:35 PM EST
    not a single media outlet, including HBO, bothered to show Bishop Robinson's prayer today.  In fact, even those who attended in person didn't get to hear Robinson as the speakers were turned OFF right before his prayer and back ON right after.

    What is your source (none / 0) (#92)
    by Peter G on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 10:54:54 PM EST
    for this assertion, Tim?  Particularly that the sound went out just for his prayer?  Could be true, but what's your basis for believing this?  Were you there, or did you read it somewhere, or hear it from someone, or what?

    MOre (5.00 / 1) (#104)
    by squeaky on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 01:12:26 AM EST
    Kenny Yum of the Canada's National Post was liveblogging the event and reported that many there couldn't even hear Robinson (mic problems?) and were shouting "We can't hear you."

    Pam Spaulding


    More (5.00 / 1) (#107)
    by squeaky on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 01:43:42 AM EST

    Reverend V. Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop from New Hampshire who advised Mr. Obama on gay rights issues, gave the invocation. But his words were lost to hundreds of thousands gathered along the Reflecting Pool and those tuning in on HBO. A malfunction in at least one massive speaker tower on the south side of the memorial left tightly-packed crowds on pins and needles chanting thunderously, "We can't hear. We can't hear."

    That's hilarious. They don't even let the (5.00 / 1) (#109)
    by tigercourse on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 02:06:22 AM EST
    token get airtime.

    C&L (none / 0) (#103)
    by squeaky on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 12:48:49 AM EST
    Reported that HBO blacked out Robinson's invocation. Also they did not introduce the gay men's choir.

    Although President-elect Obama did include gays in his mention of the various groups who supported him, HBO not only blacked out Bishop Gene Robinson's invocation at today's inauguration concert, they didn't introduce the Washington DC Gay Men's Chorus when they performed, nor did they identify them onscreen. I wonder who was behind that.

    But they report that people AT the event got to hear Bishop Robinson.

    After days of controversy and outrage from the religious right, openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson opened Barack Obama's inauguration concert on the National Mall today with a request that the nation pray for "understanding that our president is a human being and not a messiah."

    But only the people AT the concert heard that, because HBO did not televise Robinson's message. Who engineered this blackout of Robinson? I suspect we'll hear lots about this in days to come.

    UPDATE: The 7PM rebroadcast of the show was identical, no Gene Robinson.

    UPDATE II: The full text of Robinson's prayer is here. If you'd like to express your unhappiness to HBO, you can do that here.



    I doubt (none / 0) (#105)
    by CoralGables on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 01:14:50 AM EST
    HBO bought the rights to a concert with any intention of showing religion. That might explain why it wasn't shown. Bishop Robinson spoke to the crowd on the Mall before HBO went on the air.

    As for me, the less religion the better. I prefer my concerts to be enjoyable and not screwed up with preaching.


    Well (none / 0) (#106)
    by squeaky on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 01:23:47 AM EST
    It will be nice if Warren is also given the same treatment on tuesday. That I could celebrate.

    I would agree (5.00 / 1) (#108)
    by CoralGables on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 01:50:21 AM EST
    but that will be on free television, and with all the hubbub folks made concerning Warren it will likely result in all the stations covering him.

    We still have a knack for raising a stink about people that should be ignored.


    precisely because ofthe hubbub (5.00 / 1) (#111)
    by TimNCGuy on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 06:40:19 AM EST
    around Warren....  Bishop Robinson was invited as a result of the reaction to Warren.  Then he isn't even shown ANYWHERE.  I could understand, maybe, him not being on HBO, maybe.  But, both MSNBC and CNN were doing wall to wall coverage of the events ALL DAY.  And neither of them showed Bishop Robinson.  But, I saw them broadcast Joe Biden.  CNN even said they were going to show Robinson after a break, then they didn't do it.

    And, as far as the sound problem at the event.  They way I read it, the sound went out just as Robinson began to speak.  Then it came back on as soon as he was finished.  Mysterious, don't you think?


    Again, Tim, you fail (none / 0) (#117)
    by Peter G on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 08:58:44 AM EST
    to provide any information about what and where you "read" that the sound went out when Robinson began to deliver his invocation, and no reason to question the Crooks & Liars report to the contrary, as liked by Squeaky.

    Here Is THe YouTube (none / 0) (#137)
    by squeaky on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:51:41 AM EST
    Sounds like mics and speakers were working.



    THAT would be change I can believe in (none / 0) (#57)
    by allimom99 on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 08:29:44 PM EST
    Does anyone remember... (none / 0) (#21)
    by EL seattle on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:49:47 PM EST
    ... Hands Across the World? (Or Hands across America...)

    That's the same vibe I'm getting from a lot of the media coverage of this.  Yes, it's historic and great and worthy.  But... some of it sure feels pretty ticky-tacky to me.

    Yes, I did that! (none / 0) (#28)
    by sallywally on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 06:45:47 PM EST
    I still have my t-shirt from Hands Across America but it's been quite a while since it came anywhere near fitting me!

    Well, I remember Hand Across America, (none / 0) (#32)
    by inclusiveheart on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 06:57:34 PM EST
    Up With People and Reagan replacing the Beach Boys with Wayne Newton at Fourth of July (because he felt the Beach Boys were not American enough or some such weirdness) and this show had could not hold a candle to the "cheese factor" in any of those shows.  I'll also say that this show was way more authentic than anything that the Bloodworth-Thomasons ever did - and better produced.

    I was in DC for a 4th of July (none / 0) (#44)
    by BarnBabe on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:39:08 PM EST
    Beach Boy Concert. It was terrific. I was sitting right under the Washington Memorial and guess what, that was the fireworks target. It was glorious. Then no more BB's in DC. O believe it was 1981. Saw them many times in San Diego after that.

    I think it was James Watt... (none / 0) (#46)
    by EL seattle on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:40:46 PM EST
    ... who pulled that 4th of July stunt.   Link

    I don't think there's any shame in cutting Reagan a little bit of slack on something where you can shovel pounds and pounds of well-deserved ridicule on James Watt.  Wudda maroon.

    Also, I didn't mean to imply that this concert was ticky tacky or cheesy.  But some of the media coverage of the event(s) - and a lot of the commercial schtick - is pretty cringe-inducing, I think.


    James Watt worked for Reagan. (5.00 / 1) (#80)
    by inclusiveheart on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 09:36:10 PM EST
    He served at the pleasure of that president until he got so many people so pissed off the pleasure of the president could no longer protect him.

    But you can google Newton and Reagan and find plenty of stories about their direct and personal relationship.  Watt was just the proud announcer of the news - he wasn't going off Reagan's ranch or anything.


    Kind of like (none / 0) (#37)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:14:18 PM EST
    "Hands Up" that they used to sing at all the Club Meds every night? The TL kid and I were just talking about that the other night.  He remembered it and he was 4 at the time. It was uplifting. ("Hands up, baby, baby hands up, give me your heart, gimme gimme your heart.")

    When I was volunteering at the Senior home (none / 0) (#47)
    by BarnBabe on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:41:03 PM EST
    We use to play and sing that with the residents and it was a great exercising tool for them. I always liked that catchy tune also.

    I've been enjoying the music (none / 0) (#48)
    by shoephone on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 07:42:15 PM EST
    (especially Stevie Wonder, who I still love the most.) But honestly, I could have done without the Hollywood stars. Every single one of them. They got in the way, at least for me. But, being a musician, when talkers go on too long I often shout out, "shut up and sing!"

    I Agree (none / 0) (#53)
    by squeaky on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 08:00:38 PM EST
    Joe Biden was a downer after that.
    I mean what are these guys thinking with their WOD. Open your eyes Joe Biden. It is not just the entertainment it is America.

    Digby (none / 0) (#55)
    by squeaky on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 08:18:56 PM EST
    JFK Inaguration

    Worth a look if only to get you in the mood.

    I pledge allegiance to the shag (none / 0) (#86)
    by Dadler on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 09:57:18 PM EST
    of these reunited states American
    and to the hi-lo, the pick and roll
    one nation stumbles on
    wit lib, er, tea
    and just tease
    4 all.

    after i realized that NO ONE (none / 0) (#112)
    by TimNCGuy on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 07:00:07 AM EST
    anywhere in the media, not HBO, not CNN, not MSNBC etc was showing the prayer by Bishop Robinson on Sunday it got me thinking.

    Listen to all of the platitudes that are being tossed around by politicians, pundits, celebrities, reporters etc when they are talking about the hopes and dreams for the future coming true, about we're the ones, etc, etc .  And almost to the one you could add the phrase "unless you're gay" to the end of each phrase that comes out of their mouths and the phrase still makes perfect sense.

    It makes me sad

    I found it awkward (none / 0) (#116)
    by Jlvngstn on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 08:33:42 AM EST
    at best and did not think the music was all that entertaining.  

    Glad they did it though and more importantly ONE more day.  It is going to take quite some time to get through our problems but teh beluga whale on our shoulders is finally off and we will have a working, non-insane leader again......

    Garth Brooks (none / 0) (#120)
    by Lil on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 09:11:33 AM EST
    anybody know where footage of his performance is available?

    Garth (none / 0) (#123)
    by CoralGables on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 09:42:59 AM EST
    kicks in at about the 1:55 mark on this one with American Pie, Shout, and We Shall be Free.



    Thank you so much (none / 0) (#130)
    by Lil on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 10:36:30 AM EST
    Oh that was terrific! Thanks so much. (none / 0) (#141)
    by Teresa on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 11:26:22 AM EST
    i'm an idiot (none / 0) (#122)
    by ruffian on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 09:28:38 AM EST
    Forgot this was on. I would have enjoyed a lot of it, especially Bono, Springsteen and Seeger.

    That'll teach me to make sure I check in with TL every day.

    I'll probably remember the inauguration itself. already got permission to work from home so I can watch that.