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  • Twenty degrees or no twenty degrees, Aretha will WORK a sparkly hat.
  • Speaking of 20 degrees, short speeches are made of win. Short speeches that still say a helluva lot? Made of extreme win.
  • The First Daughters are made of cute.
  • So is stumbling over oaths. (What? It was! Michelle's smile said so!)
  • Forty-four is in the house!!! ETA: And he can pronounce "nuclear!"

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maiac
Jan. 20th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
(John Roberts screwed up prompting Obama on the oath. I wouldn't be surprised if he did it on purpose.)

I had to go to http://www.whitehouse.gov just for the pleasure of it.

I also had to do a quick word count on President Obama's Inaugural Address: he said "I" 3 times. He said "we" 62 times.
wiliqueen
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Honestly? The moment was too charming for me to care.

And there was a slight stumble before the "faithfully" scramble everyone's carrying on about. I'm about 90% sure it was on his own name.
off_coloratura
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
The justice said, "I, Barack Hussein Obama" and paused. Barack started to repeat and then the justice interrupted him to go on with the oath. RUDE. Who cares if it's not the right place to start repeating? WAIT TILL HE'S DONE. Jerk.
wiliqueen
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'll accept the clarification; I was multitasking.

Ah, well. It's done, everyone smiled. I'll give Roberts the same benefit of the doubt for nervous flubs. It's not every day you swear in a President, and not just any President either. (If there is such a thing.)
melyanna
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
There were two points – Obama tried to start speaking before Roberts was done at the beginning. Roberts was going for a longer phrase and Obama was starting to repeat the "I, Barack Hussein Obama" bit. Then later Roberts screwed up, and I think Obama had memorized the oath, because he was starting to say it correctly.
neonhummingbird
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yup, this is what I remember. Also, Obama left out the "will to the best of my ability" bit before "uphold and defend the Constitution," but he said the important part with conviction. Mostly Roberts' fault, but Obama had his own biff. :)
phantomminuet
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
The First Daughters really are adorable.
wiliqueen
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
The family has its work cut out for them keeping their lives balanced, but I'm unreasonably gleeful at the thought of preteen young'uns in the White House again. It's been too long, and it just seems like such a good omen.
therealjae
Jan. 21st, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
They are the most amazing-looking kids I've ever seen, too. I mean, I know their parents are both gorgeous, but damn.

-J
wiliqueen
Jan. 21st, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
A lot of it is that they're confident kids. Doesn't hurt that we see them on exciting occasions, either. But yeah, they really are just gorgeous.

Malia's going to hit dating age during the term, too. These are not people who go halfway with challenges.
neonhummingbird
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
I was deeply impressed by how much Aretha rocked that sparkly hat.

There is no force on earth greater than that of Malia and Sasha's cuteness. Sasha's a bouncer, and Malia was trying so very hard to be dignified:)

And the speech was incredibly awesome. (Speaking as someone who marched in the first Bush's inaugural parade, I hope they keep the luncheon equally short -- there are marchers out there freezing their butts off and waving at somewhat annoyed Secret Service snipers.)
wiliqueen
Jan. 20th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
there are marchers out there freezing their butts off and waving at somewhat annoyed Secret Service snipers.)

That is a hilarious image.

And yes! Sasha! With the bouncing! *squeee*

The family has their work cut out for them keeping those girls' lives balanced, but I can't help gleeeing at the sheer good-omen-ness of preteen young'uns in the White House again. It's been too long.
thefannishwaldo
Jan. 20th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Aretha coming out just after the girls confused some of my kids.

See, we were discussing that the girls would have female secret service officers and then the t.v. cuts to Aretha. The kids wanted to know if the hat would get in the way if she had to shoot someone.

Whoops.
wiliqueen
Jan. 20th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
I <3 your students. :-D
genevieve1352
Jan. 20th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Aretha is the only person on EARTH who could work that hat, and work it she did. (Pity she didn't work the song nearly as well.)
wiliqueen
Jan. 20th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
I wondered briefly about the wisdom of asking a woman her age to sing in that weather, legend or no legend. Then I concentrated on the hat. :-}
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wiliqueen
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
I don't complain about it often, because I know it's on its way to that. And, y'know, still a descriptivist and all. But I'm not convinced it's there yet, certainly not to a degree that it's appropriate for formal speech by any public official, let alone the President.

I think it's almost as much a relief that the argument will no longer be relevant (at least to the President) as that I won't have to have it grating on my ears anymore.
irish_horse
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
At my office, we gathered in the conference room to watch it happen. The round of applause after the oath was heartening. Totally agreed, by the way - Ms. Aretha made that hat work for her as it would have worked for no other! Also agreed that the girls are adorable, and their confidence and evident good natures are testimony to the love they've received from their parents.

I'm so proud of our nation for getting over itself and finally electing a man based on his ability and not penalizing him for his race. I'm SO glad Shrub is gone -the End of an Error, indeed.

(On a frothier note, Michelle looked lovely in her inauguration gown!)
wiliqueen
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Or penalizing him for his ability, for that matter!

I need to find pictures of Michelle's gown -- I heard several comments on the radio this morning, but haven't seen it yet.
irish_horse
Jan. 21st, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
You've probably seen the pictures by now, but it was a lovely white chiffon Grecian-inspired number, one shouldered with a fitted bodice and a short train. It had what looked like little fabric flowers on it, which were 3-D and really the only part of the dress I didn't like. She looked wonderful, though.
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