11:45 - Yes, I’m watching from a bar, indeed, a bar with no wifi so I will have to post this later. Intense Elizabeth asks on Facebook why on earth any DC locals wouldn’t be down on the mall.
A few reasons:
1. When I got up this morning, it was eleven fucking degrees down there.
2. They have closed the mall and are turning people away. Meanwhile, on the news they are showing people who took eight hour bus rides to be here. This is my moment as much as is theirs’, but I think the folks from the bus deserve to see it live if they want to more than I do.
3. Everyone down there who’s not a VIP is watching on jumbotrons anyway. I’m watching on a TV, too. In a nice warm bar where I can get a Guinness. As far as I can tell, the primary draw of being down there is getting to watch in a big crowd of enthusiastic people. Not my scene.
11:50 – Rick Warren is doing a decent job. He’s a big shmuck, but he is. I still don’t see this as much of a big deal. I mean, he’s a Hitler-admiring, abused-wife-chastening, homophobic dumbass, but it’s just a prayer, his wasn’t substantially different from what anyone else’s would have been, and I think it makes liberals look petty when they bitch about this essentially meaningless gesture of Obama’s.
11:51 At the same time, he really did say “Malia” and “Sasha” as if they were expensive cheeses that nobody can pronounce.
11:53 –OMG. I have intense love for Aretha Franklin’s hat. And her singing.
11:57 - Biden is taking his oath. Nice tie. When I became a notary public and had to be sworn in, I kinda hoped someone would make me promise to defend the
constitution. No such luck.
12:00 Barack Obama quietly became president in the middle of the musical performance. It doesn’t happen when he’s sworn in, it happens at noon.
12:03 – Nice music BTW. Jana-who-creates’ facebook status notes that the musicians look very happy to be there.
12:04 Chief Justice Roberts still called him "senator". Maybe he hadn't looked at his watch.
12:05 Obama blew the oath slightly. Watch the wacky conservative bloggers claim that he’s not REALLY the president.
12:06 –The whole bar spontaneously broke out in applause.
12:08 – It was gracious of Obama to thank Bush.
12:10 – The Calvinist that remains in me gets a little swoony when Obama starts to talk about hard work and sacrifice and how it will be required of us.
12:13 Yay “Work of remaking America”
12:14- This is a really good speech.
12:15- There’s another TV on across the bar on a channel that has a feed slightly behind this one. I can understand why they felt the need to put politicians on a delay. I hear Cheney likes to work blue.
12:19 I really like “because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation”
12:20 “We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist” I got chills, kids.
12:22 I’m sure there’s a good reason why some people are watching from behind chain-link fences, but it’s really not a pleasant image. TheCSO points out that they are about as nice as temporary fences get, which is not to say they are a good thing
12:23 Is this the first time atheists have gotten a shoutout in an inaugural speech? Wouldn’t surprise me.
12:28 I do not have a great record of understanding poetry, but this poem seems nice and straightforward. Nobody calls them “boomboxes” anymore, but that’s minor. Good poem.
12:30 There’s a lady who has to be eighty at an adjacent table watching rapt.
12:33 I think I’m pretty much tuning out everybody’s prayers today.
12:35 Malia Obama isn’t paying attention either, but she’s trying to hide it. Poor kid.
12:37 Ok, that prayer got interesting at the end.
12:40 Right in the middle of the star-spangled banner, they showed a woman just screaming with joy and the tears started. Yep, that’s me, crying in a bar, hand over heart.
12:41 Much love for Hillary’s electric blue coat
12:43 Someone on MSNBC just mentioned that Obama is known as “no drama Obama” yet nobody else seems to be able to hold their emotions in check around him. Ayup. I’ve cried with happiness over Obama twice. Unprecedented.
12:50 George W. Bush looks more relaxed than I’ve ever seen him and Cheney older and more pathetic. Godspeed.
1:00 Headed home to crash for a bit and eventually head out for tonight's festivities.