Inauguration

Rick Warren speaking…giving all props to God…history is your story…you are the compassionate and merciful one, loving to everyone you have made…we celebrate a hinge-point in history…first african-american…a land of unequaled possibility…give to our new president Barack Obama the wisdom…compassion…generosity…remember that we are Americans…when we forget you, forgive us…may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims…civility in our attitudes…work for a more just, a more healthy and prosperous nation…all nations and all people will stand accountable before you…lead us not into temptation…and the glory…amen…

he did a good job

aretha franklin! my country ’tis of thee…she’s got a great big bow on her bonnet…flag whipping in the wind…she’s got pipes…of thee i sing…let freedom ring…this is a celebration…this is a happy day for us…we aren’t republicans and democrats in this moment…shots of aretha are on even keel…obama from above, humbling him…goosebumps; damn she’s good…

bells ringing

robert bennett takes the stage

great honor to introduce john paul stephens…all please stand…people are laughing in the crowd…biden is a fast talker…that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…that i will well and faithfully discharge…so help me God…Biden kissing everyone…

Yo Yo! Itzhak Perlman…these guys are RIDICULOUS!!! Anthony McGill! This is beautiful…god damn perfect…enthusiastic…smiling…singing highs and sighing lows…a jew, a korean (is he japanese?), a black man, the new face of America is NOT white or middle class and it’s about time…these men are electric…YAY!!! wide applause…they did so well…

john g. roberts, JR

OBAMA is so damn sharp…he FORGOT THE WORDS!!! But we have a new president, finally. Celebrated with cannon fire, how appropriate for America. and now…

BARACK OBAMA!!! people screaming, hands waving, he is CELEBRITY, chanting OH-BA-MA…my fellow citizens…humbled…grateful for the trust…thank president Bush for his service to our nation…still waters of peace…raging storms…founding documents…we are in the midst of crisis…our nation is at war…greed and irresponsibility…failure to make hard choices…jobs shed…fail too many…the indicators and crisis…sapping of confidence…challenges are real…they will be met…we have chosen hope over fear…proclaim to the petty grievances…worn-out dogmas…we remain a young nation…set aside childish things…reaffirm our enduring spirit…all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness…greatness is never a given…not the path for the faint-hearted…risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things…endured the lash of the whip…we might live a better life…greater than our differences of birth or wealth…we remain the most prosperous and productive nation on earth…dust ourselves off…remaking America…build roads and bridges…restore science to its rightful place…we will harness the wind and sun…system cannot tolerate big plans…imagination is joined to common purpose…does it work…spend wisely…do our business in the light of day…a charter expanded by the blood of generations…America is a friend of each nation…we are ready to lead once more…finally, a leader…nor does it entitle us to do as we please…the tempering qualities of humility and restraint…forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan…WE WILL DEFEAT YOU…our patchwork heritage is a strength…we are drawn from every corner of the earth…the lines of tribes shall soon dissolve…we seek a new way forward…your people will judge you on what you build, not what you destroy…nor can we consume resources without regard to effect…it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people…firefighter’s courage…willingness to nurture a child…the instruments with which we meet them may be new…honesty and hard work…tolerance and curiosity…can stand before you to take a most sacred oath…let us mark this day with remembrance…the snow was stained with blood…the depth of winter…the city and the country, alarmed to a common danger…let us remember these words…THANK YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

the american people are in for a treat! people love him. here’s that woman again.

american poet: Elizabeth Alexander

big breath…

praise song for the day

each day we go about our business

walking past each other

catching each other’s eyes or not

about to speak or speaking

all about us is noise

all about us is noise

yadda yadda

her poetry is NOT MOVING

Lowry…DINOSAUR, and he growls like one…bless our feet…high office, low moment…you got the whole world in yer hands…our faith does not shrink although pressed by the flood of moral ills…mend our broken-ness…we thank you for the empowering of our servant…yes we can…we seek forgiveness…turn to each other and not on each other…hold on to the spirit of fellowship…our mosques…tanks will be beaten into tractors…none shall be afraid…brown can stick around…when the red man can get ahead, man…AMEN…AMEN…what a funny old dude!

What the fuck is a “Sea Chanter”? /stands

and that, my friends, is that. let’s get crunk

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