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Inaugural Participants, Man of the Year and Lists December 18, 2008

Posted by judylobo in Photography, Politics, Religion, Videos.
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coolobamaTime Magazine did not have to spend much time figuring out the Person of the Year, did they? Barack Obama was the obvious choice. It is far better than that goofy choice a few years back selecting ‘you’ – or the collective ‘we’ as People of the Year. Now that I have praised Obama let me say I was deeply disappointed upon learning that Rick Warren would be giving the Invocation at the Inauguration. It is said that the two share many similar views on politics but on social issues he is an affront to many Left Wing causes – such as Gay Rights and Choice. Boo hiss!

Along with the controversial Rick Warren, Obama has chosen Aretha Franklin to sing,  Elizabeth Alexander, an African-American poet at Yale University, and some of the world’s premier musicians, including Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma, to share the podium with him. Delivering the benediction will be  the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, dean of the civil rights movement and co-founder with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The inaugural program, which begins about 10 a.m. on the West Front of the Capitol, is an historic ritual that is both an intensely personal statement by the new president and a way for him to set the tone of his new administration.
The program opens with musical selections by the United States Marine Band, followed by the San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

“Dr. Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” will deliver the invocation. He will be followed by Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, who sang “Someday We’ll All Be Free” and “Respect” at a concert for Bill Clinton in 1993, but not at the inaugural ceremony.

Justice John Paul Stevens will then administer the oath of office to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

John Williams, the composer whose music was heard at Mr. Obama’s victory party on election night in Grant Park, will compose a new piece to be played for the incoming president.

His new piece will be played by Mr. Perlman on violin, Mr. Ma on cello, Gabriela Montero on piano and Anthony McGill on clarinet. (Usually at this juncture in previous inaugurations an operatic soloist performs.)

Chief Justice John G. Roberts will administer the oath of office will then be administered to President-elect Obama.

At that point, Mr. Obama will deliver his inaugural address.

He will be followed by Ms. Alexander, who will read a poem, and Dr. Lowery’s benediction.

The ceremony will close with the United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters” singing the National Anthem.

Now – for some End of the Year Lists

–  The 10 Worst Predictions for 2008

–  Top 10 Underreported News Stories

–  Top 10 Books of 2008

–  The Year in Media Errors and Corrections

–  The Six Best Sports Insider Blogs

–  Top 10 Most Annoying Pop Songs of 2008

–  The 15 dumbest names for Web 2.0 startups

–  10 Worst Employees of 2008

–  The 10 worst Ads of the season

–  The 10 Worst Members of Congress

–  Best and Worst Stocks of 2008

–  Here comes the kitchen sink:



1. jimmyboi2 - December 18, 2008

What’s interesting is that so many of the RR see Warren as not RR enough! And that pushes them further into their own moldy little corner of the world, and they should be pushed deeper until their heads are shaped like triangles.
What’s also interesting is why we feel the need for an invocation– there doesn’t need to be an invocation at all. If we MUST have one, have it privately said in a hotel room six miles away from the festivities, with no micrtophone or feed. Or, ask for a moment of silence instead of an invocation– fifteen seconds, give or take– so that everyone may bow their heads, shake their fists, cross themselves, shake, or rock. Period. End of story.

2. jimmyboi2 - December 18, 2008

SHOES ?!?! SHOES?!?! I would have thrown the book at that lying, murdering bas**rd !

3. Betty - December 19, 2008

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



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