liveblogging the inauguration, in the form of facebook status updates


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Is wondering: would there still be an annoying prayer invocation thingie at the inauguration if the president-elect was an atheist?

Wishes she was as simple-minded as everyone who believes BO will solve all our problems—life would be so easy! until the great disappointment…

‘s journalist mom sent her the press copy of the inauguration speech half an hour before she was supposed to go public with it—it has “EMBARGOED UNTIL DELIVERY” written all over it.

Is sad that no network would let her blue-streaky hair on live TV if she was in DC.

‘s Backwards Bush clock is exactly 11 hours off. Thank god, I don’t think I could have taken 11 more hours of Bush.

In case you were wondering, absolutely thinks the First Lady should get a salary, even though it would come out of her pocket.

‘s three cats are all staring at her, wanting food much more than some historic presidency or something.

Loved Aretha Franklin’s hat!!!

Is forced to listen to her sound engineer sweetheart make comments like “good thing they have in-ear monitors” and “ooh, nice Neumann mic!” while she would prefer to listen to Yo-Yo Ma in silence.

Knows that a skinny, young African-American guy running for president needed a look of serious gravitas, but is hoping that he can retire that upturned chin, ultra-serious look now.

Is really happy her Obama-obsessed mom is so happy today, and is sad to think of her at work surrounded by Orthodox right-wing colleagues who don’t share her joy.

“What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them—that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.” Let’s hope!!!

I’ll hold you to this promise, my friend: “We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.” (also, how many “winds” are there?)

Pretty words, and it will take a lot of courage to live up to them: “…Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill.  Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control – and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous.” Money generates freedom? Hrumph.

‘s mind is totally blown every time she thinks about: “why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.”

Did he say this? It was in the transcript, but I was on the phone for a minute and might have missed it: “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers.” YAYYY!!!

Loves poetry almost more than anything in this world, but didn’t like that poem so much—too lofty!

But the guy who followed the poet, Joseph Lowery, I’m in love with him! What was that about the “yellows being mellow”? He was insane and wonderful.

Immediately after the inauguration, my black cat swiped my white cat and pinned her to the floor. I’m just saying.

Despite all her bitching, totally cried today in happiness that the black dude won—and knows that that seeming contradiction is what makes her a real American.

9 Responses to “liveblogging the inauguration, in the form of facebook status updates”

  1. ruby

    He did say the non-believers thing! Alone on the couch, I cheered aloud. Everything else was tears of joy (and I did vote Green in November).

    I loved Aretha’s hat but I thought her version of America was only “eh.”

    Yeah, I thought the poem was mediocre but had its moments (she mentioned “patching a tire” and I texted friends to see if they also heard it as a bicycle reference. We are nerds.) Joseph Lowery however, was surprisingly informal, poetic and engaging. Not what I expected at an inauguration, loved it.

    Ok, I’m adding you as a facebook friend just for the updates.

  2. be(the)cause

    “Immediately after the inauguration, my black cat swiped my white cat and pinned her to the floor. I’m just saying.”

    most hilarious moment of my morning. thank you.

  3. brittany

    loved aretha’s hat, too, and the mellow yellow guy…


    that “non-believers” shit pissed me off!!! i’m not a non-believer, i’m an atheist and i believe in PLENTY! it makes me really mad that if i don’t believe what you believe, that means i simply don’t believe in ANYTHING. i mean, come on guys… it doesn’t count as giving props if you do it in an underhanded way…

  4. lagusta

    Leave it to Brittany’s ridiculous intellect to get to the heart of the matter–absolutely! I feel dumb for that not irking me. I guess it shows the extent to which even people like me (tough Obama critics) are looking so hard for reasons to love him, especially today.

    Yeah, if someone ever calls me a non-believer they are going to get a talking to, for sure.

  5. Ruby

    I actually thought that briefly after the non-believers thing (“well, that’s not really how I think of myself, I believe in lots and I know there is no god…”) but decided it was still astonishing he acknowledged the existence of atheists at all. I keep saying I never drank the kool-aid, but I guess I have to admit to a contact high.

    A few years back when I worked at a (non-partisan) political organization I used to subscribe to his podcast even though I did not yet live anywhere near Illinois. I remember he gave a speech on faith and it really pissed me off because even though it was eloquent I didn’t buy for a second that someone that intelligent actually thought there was a god. It smacked of something he had to do to get elected and it made me angry.

  6. lagusta

    Ugg! That definitely always annoys me about politicians—you know they can’t believe that stuff, but it’s absolutely mandatory that they talk about it. Ridiculous. Here’s to a proud atheist president in 2012!

  7. Veronica

    Ha, your updates are awesome.

    The flub up as Obama was being sworn in made me cringe, but then when Obama thanked Bush at the beginning of his speech and hardly anyone clapped it made things better.


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