I did not live blog the inauguration. Kind of wish I had. This one is great.
The fanfare for Obama’s entrance was drab. Didn’t go anywhere musically. The could have done better in choosing this.
John Williams’ arrangement of “Simple Gifts” was very nice. And this from a person who is not a big John Williams fan. I know that Yo Yo Ma was playing a special composite cello because the temperatures were too cold for his regular cello. I certainly hope Perlman was not playing his Stradivarius in that 27-degree weather.
Aretha had the best hat. I couldn’t believe Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, Laura Bush, and Lynne Cheney did not have on hats: it was COLD! They could catch their death of a cold.
Aretha’s voice has aged, but she’s still got it. She didn’t try to belt the high notes, which was different: I’d never heard her go into her head voice before. All you American Idol wanna-bes, take note: that is how you embellish while still keeping the melody recognizable! It’s called a combination of soul and taste.
Rick Warren’s pronunciation of the Obama girls’ names was cloying, fawning, and ridiculous. And Rick, Obama is a part of the Reformed tradition (United Church of Christ): would it have killed you to say “debts” instead of “trespasses”? (My dear Anglican readers, please know this is said with tongue firmly in cheek!)
Rev. Lowery’s was certainly more of a prayer contrasted with Warren’s sermon-in-disguise, but I took exception with this:
“We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right.”
So the Asians in our country are all uptight and the whites are all wrongdoers? Rev. Lowery needs to remember that, were it not for those Asians and whites, Mr. Obama would not be the President of the United States today. Do the math, Rev. Lowery. 17,535,458 Americans, slightly more than 48% of all those voting, cast their ballots for Obama. 49% of all male voters and 56% of all female voters, regardless of color, voted for Obama. The blog The Color Line points out that “the scope of Obama’s victory shows that he has significant, broad-based support from Americans of all racial backgrounds.” Furthermore, The Color Line notes that it was the Asian and Latino votes that actually put Obama over the top. Those “uptight” Asians and “wrongdoing” whites supported Obama over McCain.
Rev. Lowery, this day was supposed to be about bringing all of us together. Your words seemed to want to keep us divided. Perhaps you should recall what your friend, Dr. King, said about judging a person by the content of his character rather than by the color of his skin.