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The Inaug

There were a lot of parts of the inauguration that I liked. Like the Obama girls walking down the hallway, and also Michelle, and also Barry himself (although I wish he had smiled a bit.) And Barry messing up the oath a little (he was nervous! I found it adorable.) And Cheney looking like either dude from Dr. Strangelove, Jeffrey Lebowski, or some dude from It's a Wonderful Life (I've never seen it). Oh and George Sr's hat. And Barry's speech, especially the shout out to all the "non-believers" out there (I woo'ed at my desk.)

But hands down, here was the high point for me:

"We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around. When yella will be mella, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen."

From Reverend Joseph Lowery's Inaugural Benediction, January 2009

Amen!

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pravda
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
I would add when Malia was taking pictures of Barack during his speech. But also, he didn't mess up the oath, Roberts did.
mordicai
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
S'the way I hear it!
onatopofthings
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
S'the way it happened!
littlewashu
Jan. 21st, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Aha! I had an echo going on (everyone in my office was listening to a feed just SLIGHTLY out of sync of every other one) so I didn't get that. Well then good for Barry!
pravda
Jan. 21st, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Right, the judge wanted to do it from memory. So when he kept messing up, it threw Obama off. Apparently he apologized about it later. But! I did like the look on Michelle's face as it was going on.
rhino777
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
AH AH AH AH AH!
roninspoon
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Barry was all "Whatchoo talkin bout Willis?" and Roberts was like, "Oh snap. I'm not very good at this, I got the words wrong."
ranai
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
I was googling the words to the Benediction last night and found all these people complaining about it! Half of those people found it racist and offensive and the other half were all mad that he'd dare call it a prayer. BAH.
yittleone
Jan. 22nd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
That was my favorite snippet as well! I has stopped recording during the poem, then had to hit record again for the Reverend. He made me giggle aloud.

Also, Obama redid his oath just to make sure it was all legal-like. So were we without a president for a day?
king_kai
Jan. 22nd, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
nah, because technically, he became President at noon on Tuesday, oath or no oath.

from the 20th amendment: "The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January...and the terms of their successors shall then begin."
yittleone
Jan. 22nd, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Oh good, 'cause I was worried.
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