VIDEO: CNN's Video Podcast of the Inauguration [iTunes]
AUDIO: Barack Obama's Inaugural Address [mp3]
After a calm Obama took the oath and the near-hysteric crowds had dispersed, inaugural balls were forming all over the nation's capital. Big names like Kanye, Beyonce, and Sting all sung their praise, literally, to Obama and his wife Michelle as they glided on the dance floors until 2 a.m. this morning. A collection of the balls are below for us all to feel one step closer to the historical evening.
Buy one here, if you must.
Pictured: "Determined Chia Obama." Also available: "Happy Chia Obama!"
"I really hope you put America back together. No pressure though."
From Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids'
Letters to President Obama, published yesterday by McSweeney's & 826 National.
Photo via Flickr: More By Cheeses
Usually, when I report from unfamiliar cities, I pay close attention to characteristics that make particular locales special. For example, in Alabama, most men molest their siblings. In Los Angeles, when people move, they take their refrigerators with them. But while my amateur socio-anthropological musings can open eyes to fellow foreigners, they can also ring generic, obvious, and lazy to those already in the know.
...wheels squeakily off into the dustbin of history.
Thankfully for the rest of us, as of this afternoon, ol' Dick has lots and lots of time to reacquaint himself with the Lionel Barrymore oeuvre.
PRELUDE: 5 AMI showed up on the National Mall at four o’clock this morning, which made me one of the first putzes on the scene. The following five italicized paragraphs were written way before the sun appeared; and while this crap is mostly irrelevant at this juncture, I’m leaving them to show how superficially enlightened an exhausted man can become on the heels of history.
What we've lost:
...black will not be asked to get back, brown can stick
around, yellow will be mellow, the red man can get ahead, man, and
white will embrace what is right! Amen!"
Is it possible that Joseph Lowery's inauguration speech was better than the main event?EDIT: Apparently, I'm not the only person who thinks so!
As Barack Obama took the oath of office, some IT guy was hustling to launch the new White House website. The new site launched at 12:01pm, just after Obama gently corrected Chief Justice Roberts for screwing up the oath. Whitehouse.gov comes complete with that Obama lots of soft gradients, borders on two sides of rectangles, and a whole lotta blogs.
In which Barack Obama lays out his vision of the covenant between president and people, using the moment of his inauguration to profess his unshakeable fealty to this great nation...
(And no, I’m not sorry.)
Chris Faraone is on the ground in D.C. with the latest on the questionable floats, the massive crowds, and how you can be a part of history without making the eight-hour trek to the nation's capital.