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Inauguration Live Thread One

Best seats in the house...in front of the tv, watching in HD

10:45 am: The Clintons, Ted Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Dick Cheney (in a wheelchair) are arriving.

President Bush and soon to be President Barack Obama are walking into their car to cheers.

Update 11:01 am: Michelle Obama and Laura Bush just entered, Michelle looking happy. GW and Obama entered next. There are hundreds of thousands of people in the crowd watching, with the Washington Monument in the background. John Roberts is arriving.

Interesting tidbit: Roberts will be swearing in a new president who voted against his confirmation. More updates below:

Update 11:08 am: The former VP's enter: Dan and Marilyn Quayle (talk about a flash from the past), Al & Tipper, Walter and Eleanor Mondale.

All the Republicans are here too -- Newt Gingrich managed to look happy. The bands are starting up.

What stations are you watching? I'm on NBC right now because CNN and MSNBC aren't in HD here.

George H. Bush and Barbara Bush are wearing matching purple scarves. He's walking with a fairly big limp and a cane. Jimmy and Roselyn Carter, Bill and Hillary come in next. Hillary looks really pretty in a great looking blue coat. She looks happy. She says to G.H. Bush, "I'm so glad to see you."

Update 11:20 am: It's begun, there's an announcer now. First he announces, the Carters, then you see the Bush twins enter, then they announce Former President G.H. Bush and Barbara Bush.

Next up, entering to cheers when their names are announced: Former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton. The Bush daughters follow them, without announcement. It's 27 degrees.

Malia and Sasha Obama just entered and were announced, they look so cute. They are accompanied by Sheila Dwyer. Did Brian Williams just do a faux pas when he said they were accompanied by their grandmother? Maybe not, when it shows the seating area, their grandmother and Obama's sister are right behind them. Malia has something in her hand, I think it's her ever-present camera.

Laura Bush and Lynn Cheney come in now. Laura says, "Hey everybody, how are you all?"

Michelle Obama in a yellow sequin or brocade coat and Jill Biden in red now enter. Right behind them is a lady with a black hat that looks just like the wicked witch of the west from the Wizard of Oz, I have no idea who she was.

Update 11:32 am: GW and Cheney in the wheelchair enter. He gets a song played for him but not a lot of cheers. He's shaking a lot of hands.

Michelle looks radiant, she's got a red box, probably containing the Lincoln bible.

Interesting seating arrangements: Bill Clinton sitting next to the Bush twins.

Biden is announced. Obama is approaching the door. He looks very solemn. He must have a million thoughts going through his head. The crowds are going wild now.

Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein are right in front of Obama. As one announcer says, it looks like a lonely moment for him. But I just saw a small smile on his lips.

Update: 11:44 am: Barack H. Obama is announced and the crowd does go wild. It's a sea of flags out there. Everyone is shaking his hand. What a wonderful, glorious moment. He sits with his family.

Diane Feinstein begins her remarks. She says this is a peaceful transition of power. When have we ever had a violent inauguration? I don't care for her or her remarks. Why was she chosen?

Rick Warren is up for the invocation. Time for the mute button? He recites the first line of the shema? Later he goes to "hallowed is thy name" and the "kingdom and the glory."

Now, Aretha Franklin is up, singing "My Country 'Tis of Thee." What a beautiful voice. It's the first moment of chills -- historic, beautiful, patriotic.

Update: 11:57 am: Biden gets sworn in.

It's offical: Cheney is our ex-Vice-President.

Music time: Itzhak Perlman and YoYoMa. After this, the main event. And forever more, G.W. will be relegated to history and no longer in charge of our country.

Update: 12:04 pm: Bush's term expired 4 minutes ago. Here's Chief Justice John Roberts. "Everyone please stand." Obama gets up, takes the oath with Michelle next to him. Roberts flubs, puts the word "faithfully" in the wrong place. Obama figures it out quickly. Done. It's offical.

Welcome President Obama. A new thread is going up for the inaugural speech.

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    How much more (5.00 / 0) (#3)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:57:39 AM EST
    damage can Bush/Cheney do in the next couple hours?

    Do we know about any Bush pardons? (none / 0) (#6)
    by cpa1 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:04:01 AM EST
    Teddy looks great. (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by steviez314 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:01:00 AM EST
    I am SO happy he made it to this day...he looks like he'll even make it to the 2nd term's inauguration!

    I'm a bad, bad person. . . (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by LarryInNYC on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:06:58 AM EST
    Dick Cheney (in a wheelchair)

    but am I the only one who kind of wishes the wheel chair attendant gets a little too close to the end of the podium and then kind of slips?

    No your not (none / 0) (#13)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:10:10 AM EST
    it's difficult for even the most "Christlike" person to not have such fantasy's spontaneously pop into ones thoughts.

    Forgive me Father/Mother

    Parent

    Sasha and Malia are so cute (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:25:28 AM EST
    Sacha's coat is a pretty coral color

    They're dressed to the nines. (5.00 / 2) (#31)
    by oldpro on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:30:30 AM EST
    Michelle's dress is amazing (5.00 / 2) (#30)
    by samtaylor2 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:29:10 AM EST


    Wow, it is (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:31:20 AM EST
    much brighter than I expected.  Great choice.

    Parent
    GHW Bush is waring one of those (5.00 / 2) (#39)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:37:41 AM EST
    Fargo fur hats with the ear flaps. Love it.

    He walks alone (5.00 / 3) (#44)
    by joanneleon on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:41:22 AM EST
    But the whole world walks with him too.  I wish him all the best.  So many emotions.  Most of all, I wish for him to be safe and successful.  He's got the world on his shoulders.

    I know this wouldn't be right (5.00 / 1) (#46)
    by joanneleon on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:43:37 AM EST
    But I was wishing for a very loud and negative response to Bush and Cheney.

    There Was (none / 0) (#98)
    by daring grace on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:58:17 AM EST
    At least while I was watching on MSNBC (switching between that and CNN) there were loud, sustained boos when Bush showed up (still inside as he walked toward the platform) on the screens the crowds were seeing.

    Heck, even the partisan diehards at MSNBC pronounced the booing "Bad form."

    I didn't hear boos once he was emerging outside, though.

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    John Lewis was at the top of the steps (5.00 / 2) (#47)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:44:38 AM EST


    Somehow the "Obama" chant (5.00 / 1) (#49)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:45:11 AM EST
    doesn't really seem appropriate here.

    Rick Warren (5.00 / 3) (#53)
    by Dadler on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:48:29 AM EST
    Boo!!!

    a more tepid welcome... (5.00 / 1) (#57)
    by Dadler on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:49:06 AM EST
    ...he could not get.  And his prayer is so retrograde.

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    Are they going to bow their heads for his whole (none / 0) (#59)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:49:57 AM EST
    speech?

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    I'd be giving him the finger (5.00 / 1) (#61)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:50:48 AM EST
    I did. (5.00 / 1) (#96)
    by Thanin on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:34:10 AM EST
    Warren is a grandstanding blowhard (5.00 / 2) (#100)
    by andrys on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 12:27:47 PM EST
    What a self-righteous embarrassment.  The crowd was appropriately stony.

      But I did wonder why during Warren's Endless prayer on our behalf, Obama had his head down and his eyes shut -- but when the Benediction was being done, Obama's head was up and his eyes open.

      Could be anything, but it was curious.

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    Rick Warren- ugh (5.00 / 2) (#56)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:48:53 AM EST


    Warren's a jerk (5.00 / 2) (#74)
    by MyLeftMind on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:58:01 AM EST
    Rick Warren:  Everything we have is because of (his) god.  Everything we do is for (his) god.  Hallowed by thy name.  Blah blah blah.  
    Liberty and Justice for all (except for the queers).  Can't people like Warren just keep their magic sky beings and vengeful deities to themselves?

    Thank GOD Aretha Franklin was up next and wiped away his stupidity.  

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    The pastor of a megachurch... (5.00 / 2) (#62)
    by Dadler on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:51:52 AM EST
    ...has no business talking to anyone about caring too much about themselves.  Please.  Get over yourself, say amen and get on with it.  He's praying like it's his show.  Goodbye already.

    Aretha (5.00 / 2) (#66)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:54:18 AM EST
    OK, I'm crying now...see ya later!

    Me too (5.00 / 2) (#70)
    by Jjc2008 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:56:57 AM EST
    the Queen of Soul just is doing me in....what a powerful image to see the woman who insisted with her rendition of  R-E-S-P-E-C-T for a generation of young women, our anthem in many ways, getting to be honored this way.  LOVE ARETHA!!

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    The way she sang the word "sweet" (5.00 / 1) (#101)
    by andrys on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 12:31:13 PM EST
    was the highlight for me.  I also loved that while she had a problem reaching a key note at first, and then avoided it when it came up again, she went up WAY past it later and the crowd cheered.  

    Parent
    I wanna hear RESPECT (5.00 / 1) (#68)
    by Dadler on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:55:12 AM EST
    Rockin' on the steps.  

    I was thinking the (none / 0) (#73)
    by Jjc2008 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:57:22 AM EST
    same thing....

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    Yo-Yo Ma . . . (5.00 / 2) (#79)
    by shoulin4 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:01:10 AM EST
    Now I'm going to cry!

    YEHAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! (5.00 / 1) (#85)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:06:42 AM EST
    OH YEAH!!!!!!!!

    Bush is (5.00 / 1) (#86)
    by mudlark on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:06:54 AM EST
    gone gone GONE!!!!!!!!!!

    The moment (5.00 / 1) (#90)
    by MyLeftMind on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:16:42 AM EST
    How wonderful that at the moment Barack Obama became president (noon), we listened to accomplished musicians from a representative group: an Asian man, a black man, a Jewish man and a woman.  So different from our history of racial conflict, and so representative of our opportunities to work together in the future.  

    It's also very telling that Roberts/Obama stumbled during the oath of office, yet the crowd carried them.  He doesn't have to be perfect or hold up some image of a leader who won't make or admit mistakes.  Once again, this movement is more about us than about him.

    Absolutely, TV is the way to go (none / 0) (#1)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:50:04 AM EST
    I'ts COLD outside. W just left the WH for the last time as President.

    O Happy Day! (none / 0) (#10)
    by andrys on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:08:22 AM EST
    And here's a neat video of Bon Jovi, live, singing
     "A change is gonna come."

      It was for another occasion, on January 15, but is spot on for today as well.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_pfY5-eeu8

        Really good performance too.

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    thanks for that (5.00 / 0) (#24)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:24:41 AM EST
    He also did a great version of it at the Change concert Saturday.

    Parent
    As Cheney gets older (none / 0) (#2)
    by cpa1 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:52:15 AM EST
    he looks more and more like Beavis.  I wonder if anyone else noticed that or did I see it someplace else.

    Ahhh. (none / 0) (#5)
    by Dalton Hoffine on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:02:26 AM EST
    Nothing quite like being inside next to a fridge, a microwave, and a big HD TV. The throngs in Washington have got NOTHING on me--I'm not even dressing in layers today. Why anyone would want to be anywhere other than their comfortable, cozy living room right now is beyond me. It's WAY too cold outside.

    I have decided that I shall celebrate the dawning of a new era with a nice box of Pizza Hut hot wings with bleu cheese and a two-liter Mountain Dew. I may (or may not) choose to include a dozen chocolate sprinkled Krispy Kreme donuts at a later hour. This will largely depend on whether or not I feel like getting out of my pajamas to go down to the ol' 'Kreme.

    I expect executive orders and some serious legislative work in the next few days. Senate is convening at 3PM to do some confirmation voting and I'll be glued to that, and I'm going to be excited to hopefully see SCHIP pass the House and the stimulus package pass both chambers. Chop chop chop. Keep at the fast pace, guys. The country needs it.

    I didn't go to sleep last night (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by andrys on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:10:26 AM EST
    Being able to watch all this in such detail, on a high def TV as you say, is awesome to me.  They can cover just about anything or many things at once.  They don't miss much!

     

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    Enjoy it now. . . (2.00 / 1) (#11)
    by LarryInNYC on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:08:37 AM EST
    a nice box of Pizza Hut hot wings with bleu cheese and a two-liter Mountain Dew. I may (or may not) choose to include a dozen chocolate sprinkled Krispy Kreme donuts at a later hour.

    I hear as part of Obama's new "responsibility" theme, junk food is out.  You'll be watching the next inauguration with a tofu and quinoa salad.

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    Tofu is very healthy (none / 0) (#15)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:11:38 AM EST
    it's to bad Monsanto is getting into the soy business.

    Parent
    Works for me. (none / 0) (#18)
    by Dalton Hoffine on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:21:33 AM EST
    I love tofu, quinoa, and salads in general. :P

    Mmm, I may go get some raspberry tea and eggplant sticks right now, actually.

    Parent

    Were thinking a gallon (none / 0) (#7)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:05:58 AM EST
    of chocolate ice cream, followed by super jumbo fries and a shopping bag full of super quadruple whoppers before we are required to have Health Care Insurance.

    Parent
    Would those quadruple Whoppers (none / 0) (#21)
    by Dalton Hoffine on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:22:17 AM EST
    Be classified as a pre-existing condition?

    Parent
    Holding up Hillary's confirmation (none / 0) (#9)
    by samtaylor2 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:07:57 AM EST
    How is this not viewed as bad for his country.  Obama needs her on day 1 (more importantly the world needs a secretary of state on day 1).

    For heaven's sake. . . (none / 0) (#12)
    by LarryInNYC on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:09:40 AM EST
    until he's President there is no nomination.  They're scheduled to vote today at 3pm.

    Election.  Over.  Get used to it.

    Parent

    No, read the news (none / 0) (#97)
    by Cream City on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:39:15 AM EST
    for heaven's sake -- Conryn has put a hold on HRC's confirmation that is being called a delay for at least a day.  And then we'll see what else is ahead with the CDS that grips this country, but let us hope that it no longer grips our next government.  However, Jill Biden's lie (since Joe's spokesperson denies it) yesterday does not bode well.

    HRC oughta just say fine, I'll stay in the Senate.  This all is smelling like too much of a setup for yet another takedown to diminish her legacy -- and that of the only two-term Dem president since FDR.

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    Don't worry Congress works 24 hours (none / 0) (#17)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:17:21 AM EST
    a week that's why our country has been run into a Ditch.

    Parent
    So what time is the actual (none / 0) (#16)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:13:52 AM EST
    swearing in. So I don't have to subject myself to the bread and circus, pomp and circumstance.

    Noon EST (none / 0) (#19)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:21:44 AM EST
    ABC says they are running a tad late, so it might be a little after that.

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    Faairly Accurate (none / 0) (#20)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:21:53 AM EST
    "Mr. Obama deserves credit for a lot of things, but perhaps most amazingly his ability to see "hope" in a public so demoralized by their own bad choices that the USA scene has devolved to a non-stop Olympics of everyday life, where absolutely everybody is debilitated, deluded, challenged, or needs a leg up, or an extra buck, or a pallet on the floor, or a gastric bypass, or a week in detox, or a head-start, or a fourth strike, or a $150-billion bailout."

    ABC has the least cluttered screen (none / 0) (#22)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:22:28 AM EST
    CNN was unwatchable

    Mute button is advisable though (none / 0) (#23)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:23:44 AM EST
    during the pre-game stuff

    Parent
    Wish I had a mute button (none / 0) (#37)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:35:27 AM EST
    for only Diane Sawyer. George and Charlie are fine

    Parent
    CNN is tolerable (none / 0) (#38)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:37:28 AM EST
    I think I just saw Mary Cheney (none / 0) (#25)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:24:49 AM EST
    with her not-wife Heather Poe.

    I saw Al Gore (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:26:02 AM EST
    sigh. (he didn't sigh - I'm sighing!)

    Parent
    heh (none / 0) (#29)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:28:20 AM EST
    Me too.

    Parent
    Channel surfing thru (none / 0) (#28)
    by Jjc2008 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:27:40 AM EST
    the early stuff.  Now have switched over to Public television.  Apparently I have a masochistic urge to hear the pundits....but Matthews last remark did me in.  Actually made me laugh that the butthead can STILL NOT LET GO of HIS CDS.  He mentioned when Bill and Hillary came out how no one was smiling.  He really is a sick, sick man.
    Now back to just watching........

    with no idiot commentators.

    I didn't hear Brian Williams (none / 0) (#32)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:30:36 AM EST
    but I am pretty sure that they are with their grandmother.

    yes, they are. (none / 0) (#34)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:32:23 AM EST
    And Craig Robinson, Michelle's brother, is on the orange Princeton scarf behind them

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    John Boehner didn't apply his bronzer evenly (none / 0) (#35)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:32:41 AM EST


    ha! and he has a wife! (none / 0) (#36)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:34:05 AM EST
    Al Gore has his back turned to W (none / 0) (#40)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:38:06 AM EST


    Hmm (none / 0) (#45)
    by joanneleon on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:42:58 AM EST
    I won't write what I'm thinking.

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    Barack has no overcoat on (none / 0) (#41)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:39:27 AM EST
    Now I am amazed.

    Bad idea. We've already lost one President (5.00 / 1) (#54)
    by tigercourse on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:48:46 AM EST
    that way.

    Parent
    Supposedly he gets a space heater (none / 0) (#58)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:49:13 AM EST
    Or maybe just a close fitting one (none / 0) (#42)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:41:01 AM EST
    Nice.

    Parent
    Hah! (none / 0) (#43)
    by shoulin4 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:41:12 AM EST
    The "Honorable" George W. Bush indeed.

    Only honorable. . . (none / 0) (#76)
    by LarryInNYC on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:59:07 AM EST
    for a few more minutes.

    Parent
    Ugh (none / 0) (#50)
    by joanneleon on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:46:06 AM EST
    DiFi doesn't deserve this honor.

    These remarks seem inapposite for her. (none / 0) (#52)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:47:59 AM EST
    War profiteer Diane Feinstein (none / 0) (#51)
    by Dadler on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:47:07 AM EST
    What a disgrace she is allowed to speak at this event.  She is a wretch of the highest order.  

    OK, mute for Mr. Saddleback (none / 0) (#55)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:48:52 AM EST
    To answer Jeralyn's question, DiFi gets to speak because she's chair of the joint inaugural committee.

    You shouldn't have muted. . . (5.00 / 0) (#81)
    by LarryInNYC on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:02:51 AM EST
    he gave something close to an apology in his opening.  Not an apology (topical or personal references would have been inappropriate, I think), but something close.

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    I heard that (none / 0) (#94)
    by indy in sc on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:32:06 AM EST
    and wondered whether he really meant to apply that apology to himself or just threw it in there for appeasement's sake.  If he was really seeking forgiveness as he said, that would be great.

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    Unequaled possibility (none / 0) (#60)
    by Dadler on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:50:29 AM EST
    Pakistan had a female president two decades ago.  We're still waving the big foam finger.  Sigh.

    Everyone ready to (none / 0) (#63)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:52:00 AM EST
    ditch all the noxious, narcolepsy-inducing distractions of our time to put our shoulders to the wheel to haul this nation into a plausible future?

    Never (none / 0) (#69)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:55:25 AM EST
    mind.

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    Rick Warren please shut up (none / 0) (#64)
    by byteb on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:53:02 AM EST


    Sound back on for Aretha (none / 0) (#65)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:53:47 AM EST


    May we NEVER see or hear... (none / 0) (#67)
    by Dadler on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:54:46 AM EST
    ...Rick Warren again.  

    Hear, hear! (none / 0) (#91)
    by snstara on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:26:14 AM EST
    (or here, here! ;) )

    That had to be the weakest 'sermon' ever.  More proof that a wiser, abler, more tolerant voice was in order on this day...

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    'Retha!!!! (none / 0) (#71)
    by shoulin4 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:57:00 AM EST
    Yay!!

    A Daily Kos diarist (none / 0) (#72)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:57:03 AM EST
    has the text of the inaugural address.

    Not bad, but still... (none / 0) (#83)
    by Dadler on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:04:51 AM EST
    ....I just wish, with something like,l say, Iran, he had the balls to remind the American people, on a day they need to be reminded of such things, that the freedom loving USofA overthrew the democratically elected government in Iran in 1953.  And that we need to be aware of, and understand, the implications of our wretched actions in the past, and those that need to end in the present.  

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    Damn it woulda been nice... (none / 0) (#75)
    by Dadler on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:59:02 AM EST
    ...to see Hillary take that VP oath.

    SOS is a MUCH better position for her tho' (none / 0) (#102)
    by andrys on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 12:34:35 PM EST
    There's no question she will be dealing with the global leaders in a big way.  Now, with the VP, he has to hope he will, as he said, to the New Yorker, be the last one in the room before Obama makes his decisions (a condition he tried to extract from Obama), but Obama's response was cagy.

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    The appointed hour having arrived (none / 0) (#77)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:59:49 AM EST
    the transition takes place, and Bush's term has expired.

    Hallelujah (5.00 / 1) (#80)
    by ruffian on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:01:41 AM EST
    I'm glad it is accompanied by this musical interlude

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    Good Riddance (none / 0) (#78)
    by CST on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:00:19 AM EST
    To bad rubbish.

    Or as I like to refer to him "the evil behind the idiot"

    I'll be starting a new thread for the inaugural (none / 0) (#82)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:03:47 AM EST
    speech when it begins.

    Roberts flubbed the oath (none / 0) (#84)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:06:09 AM EST
    Oh well.

    Fortunately. . . (5.00 / 2) (#87)
    by LarryInNYC on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:07:18 AM EST
    Obama knew the words.

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    Is that what happened? (none / 0) (#103)
    by sj on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 12:39:31 PM EST
    Not knowing myself the exact oath of office it looked as though Obama had done the flubbing.  But it also looked as though Obama was having a Moment (in reflection? in emotion? or just being overwhelmed at the moment and its implication) and that Justice Roberts stepped all over it.  

    It was hard to tell on the old TVs at work.  It was a far, far cry from HD.

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    Roberts flubbed it (none / 0) (#105)
    by andrys on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 01:32:05 PM EST
    Transcript from ABC News blog

     Some felt Obama probably should have memorized it.  First, Roberts rushed him, not letting him finish his own name!

      I then wondered if Roberts was trying to throw him.  He read it in a rather manic way.

      Then Roberts got the words mixed up, and Obama halted exactly where Roberts missed a word and Obama realized it.

     

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    Yeah, I was thinking along the same lines when I (none / 0) (#106)
    by Angel on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 01:39:37 PM EST
    saw it happen.  Robot was rushing Obama.  I think he genuinely wanted Obama to flub it so people would talk about how he can't do anything without a teleprompter.  Well, tables got turned and Robot is getting the shame and the bad press.  Instead of making Obama look stupid it makes him look better because he knew the works and knew that Robot had flubbed them.  Sanctimonious rightwing creep.

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    Screw those cannons (none / 0) (#88)
    by Dadler on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:07:29 AM EST
    Woulda been a nice gesture to silence them this one time.  

    Say goodbye to the (none / 0) (#89)
    by SOS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:10:48 AM EST
     "consumer society." We're done with that. No more fast money and no more credit.

    'Hey hey hey/Goodbye!' (none / 0) (#92)
    by snstara on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:27:47 AM EST
    Did anyone else here this sung at Bush, or was it strictly piped in over MSNBC?!

    I heard it too. (none / 0) (#95)
    by indy in sc on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:33:18 AM EST
    They didn't acknowledge it on NBC, but it was unmistakeable.

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    Can't say it's undeserved... (none / 0) (#99)
    by snstara on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 12:18:06 PM EST
    though I am sure Bush will believe, to the last, that what he did was both right and righteous.  

    By the way, sorry to have posted twice!  

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    'Hey hey hey/Goodbye!' (none / 0) (#93)
    by snstara on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 11:28:08 AM EST
    Did anyone else here this sung at Bush, or was it strictly piped in over MSNBC?!

    beautiful recap (none / 0) (#104)
    by Jlvngstn on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 12:56:57 PM EST
    thank you for doing this.  I feel like I watched it....