Posted by: mutantpoodle | January 20, 2009

Inauguration at Last

obamaofficialportrait_smThe day that wouldn’t come is here.

8:07AM PST – Brian Williams takes a while, but realizes that Michelle Obama’s brother is not, in fact, Obama aide Reggie Love.

8:31AM PST – And the Obama family is out…

8:33 AM PST – Tom Brokaw beats me to the Dick Cheney – Dr. Strangelove reference.

8:37 AM PST – For the last time, George W. Bush enters the public arena as President.

8:42 AM PST – NBC is showing Obama, Pelosi, & Feinstein as they approach the podium.

8:44 AM PST – It’s nice to see that the trumpeters can wear gloves.

8:45AM PST – And here’s Obama, to the uncontrollable delight of the crowd.

8:50 AM PST – Rick Warren is up. A fairly innocuous invocation.

8:55AM PST – Aretha!

8:56 AM PST – Why are the folks at LA Live as bundled up as the folks in DC? Holy cow, Angelenos are soft.

8:59 AM PST – We have a new Vice President.

9:01 AM PST – George Bush gets a few extra minutes as President while Gabriel Montero, Yo Yo Ma, and Itzhak Perlman perform. Apparently, not every musician rates a credit…

9:07 AM PST – Now it’s official. Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States.

9:30 AM PST – More on the speech later. However, this line – we reject as false the choice between our security and our ideals – is such a refreshing change that it alone is almost enough.

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