Notes from an inauguration

20Jan09

Now that the euphoria has settled down a little, a couple of other notes about the inauguration:

* * *

I had a friend of mine completely convinced for a while tonight that Obama had slipped some quotes from the movie The Outsiders into his inaugural address. At first, I said, it seemed like he was just quoting a little Robert Frost, a nice nod to the poet’s appearance at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, when he read a poem specially written for the occasion. But then, as it went on, it became clear that Obama was actually quoting Ralph Macchio’s monologue from the end of The Outsiders, when his character lies in a hospital bed, crippled, burned, and dying.

“He even said, ‘Stay gold, Ponyboy,” I said.

“Really?” she said. I totally missed that. It must have been when my web feed was cutting in and out.”

I was pretty proud of this until I learned that Obama actually did slip in a Peter Tosh lyric. I totally missed that.

* * *

When the reporters were providing commentary leading up to Obama’s speech, at one point, Katie Couric commented on his overcoat. I was really hoping someone else on commentary would follow up by saying, “We wouldn’t want him to pull a William Henry Harrison, after all.” And then the entire studio would bust up laughing. Then Katie Couric would ask who William Henry Harrison is.

* * *

The only part that marred the whole thing for me was the occasional shot of now-ex-president George W. Bush, who was sitting more or less behind Obama. Every time the camera landed on him, I lost my smile. You know what would have been great, though? If, shortly after taking the oath of office that officially made him president, Obama had turned to his podium and started to speak, then abruptly nailed Bush with a Shawn Michaels-style superkick, toppling him backward in his chair.

The crowd would have gone nuts. And since, as of about a minute before that, Obama was officially now the president, there wouldn’t have been a whole lot Bush could have done about it.

* * *

Actually, there was one other thing that marred the ceremony for me. I watched it from a break room at work, with a room full of people hanging on Obama’s every word, many with tears in their eyes as he gave one of the great speeches of our time. Then, just as Obama was winding up, a guy came into the room and started putting change into the Coke machine. Not only was it distracting, but it just went on forever.  He must have put at least twenty coins in the machine. He must have been paying entirely in nickels. It was insane.

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

[People begin taking their eyes off the TV long enough to give him annoyed glares]

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

[He gives a sheepish look] “Sorry, everyone.”

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

ka-chink

[He presses the button for a soda]

KA-CHUNK! BOOM!

I have no idea whatsoever what Obama said for about the last minute and a half of his speech.



6 Responses to “Notes from an inauguration”

  1. 1 Question Mark

    Actually, I’ve always been curious about what would happen in a president vs. president fight. Would the secret service men assigned to Bush suddenly open fire anyone who attacked him, even if it was indeed Obama? And obviously Obama’s body men would have to fire back.

  2. 2 hilly

    We should consult our Roman histories to see what the Praetorian Guard would have done.

    WWTPGD?

  3. 3 Eric

    I would imagine that the X-Presidents would step in to back up George Jr. His daddy’s a member after all.

  4. 4 Marty

    Cheney in the wheelchair reminded me of Mr. Potter. I was relieved that crazy drunken Uncle Joe Biden didn’t leave the peaceful transfer of power in a newspaper. That would not have been a wonderful life.

  5. hahahaha….the mention of the shawn michael’s superkick was so random but entirely appreciated. It would seem appropriate, if anything. Obama looks like he can actually pull that move off as well.

  6. 6 Scott

    Coincidentally, during the last minute and a half of his speech Obama said “ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    Sorry, everyone.

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink

    ka-chink”


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