Well, the inauguration is tomorrow. I would like to watch it because it is a historical moment. Millions and millions of people will be hanging on to every word he says. His voice is calm and soothing. He is promising things we desperately need and talking about a better tomorrow, a better next month, a better next year. I feel I should be getting up and shouting and pumping my fists and saying Yes We Can!
Let’s rally! Let’s do it! And we all charge ahead with the rush of excitement of having a new love, a new hope.
But really, don’t those speech-y inaugural-y things just drone on and on and on? I start to gray out when I watch anything political. I think about what I need to get at the grocery store or I need to arrange for a carpool tomorrow or what day the movies have to be returned. Maybe I could mute it and have the close captioning on and vacuum and still get the feeling I was there. (Hey there would still be loud, crowd-like noise…)
As I tried to educate myself about this day I have found a few fun facts that I thought I could share. Of course, I cannot just let fun facts lie there and be…fun. I have to add comments. I’m sure you will recognize historic fact and what is, uh, running commentary. If you don’t, so be it. I could rewrite history and make it so much more interesting (but I think there is jail time involved in that…)
In 1789 George Washington took the oath and then added, “So Help Me God.” Other presidents have followed his example. So have most of the mothers around the world, just before doing something that involves a reprimand to a child for doing something incredibly stupid.
In 1961, John F. Kennedy was the last president to wear the traditional stovepipe hat to the inauguration. I cannot see JFK wearing that hat, can you? If Marilyn saw him in that, she would have just laughed at him instead of singing the birthday song to him in that creepy psycho killer way of hers.
Dolly Madison, the first lady to James Madison, hosted the inauguration party for which 400 tickets were sold at $4 apiece. The snack cakes were 49 cents. Red Zingers sold out in minutes…
Fourteen inauguration balls capped the day’s activities for the Clintons in 1997. They set a record with all those balls. The Clintons liked to… dance.
In 2001, the George W. Bush inauguration was interrupted by two naked protesters. I don’t remember that. I must have been vacuuming. Or already had grayed out…
I have high hopes for the political arena this year. Now if I could only get that positive thing going about the weather. But with the shoveled drifts at my house reaching four feet and Sadie literally disappearing in the yard to do her doggie thing, I do reminisce about 75 degree days, sandals and feeling the warmth of the sun on my face. Someone please tell me- soon Susan, soon…
Have a great day!