Friday, December 19, 2008

Inauguration Comic

Grace Nearing has it about right:
I really had been hoping for a secular invocation, which may seem like an oxymoron until you realize that invocation is itself a contradictory term, meaning both a prayer asking God’s help and an incantation used in conjuring up a spirit. (I’d be for the latter if the Founding Fathers could be conjured up and we could at last get closure on some nagging Constitutional questions.)
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[I]f I were managing the Inauguration, there’d be no poetry reading either. We the People do not read poems. We the People do enjoy stand-up comedy, however. Instead of hearing a poem (with or without references to poking, prodding, or pickling), I’d much rather hear Lewis Black do a routine about Alan Greenspan’s belated realization that his long-held model of free-market capitalism has a tiny flaw and now the entire universe is in the crapper!!!
Of course, if "we the people" were to get the inauguration we deserve, it would mean no Yo-Yo Ma, no Itzhak Perlman or Gabriela Montero or Anthony McGill, and no John Williams, either. Obama's swearing-in would be preceded by four hours of television sit-coms.

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