Well, that was a nice inauguration, don’t you think? The first family looked smashing, the speech was bold, nobody fell down the steps, Antonin Scalia wore a funny hat and am I forgetting any high points?
I watched it on my iPad, propped up against the lamp while I worked on the other screen. It took a while to find the right channel, so to speak, one that wouldn’t require me to download a new app or listen to a bunch of people blabbering about how many words have been in an assorted selection of inaugural addresses. Finally, thank you New York Times — their live feed was just a running camera, no commentary. It was great; why don’t more channels try this revolutionary strategy? Because then Wolf Blitzer might not be worth a jillion dollars a year, I guess.
Since this is a day with a ton of coverage, let’s go with an all-inauguration bloggage menu, and whatever I missed, you can throw into the comments.
Goofy internet memes, GIFs, etc., compiled by New York magazine. Most fairly dumb.
Not dumb, but fun: The Washington Post puts two funny Style reporters to work on the inevitable inaugural-ball roundup. The Running of the Balls was a game between the two of them, to hit as many balls as possible in a single night, with rules about when they could leave and how they could score. That’s one thing the WashPost has always had going for it — they think of new and different ways to cover the same old stories, and have a blast doing it.
Charles Pierce, down in the cheap seats.
T-Lo on Shelley O’s day outfit, and by the time you read this I’m sure they’ll have something to say about the red Jason Wu gown of Monday’s night commander-in-chief ball. So check back. Here’s a separate post on the coat. What coat? THE COAT.
(I’m watching the Obamas dance as I write this, and while I don’t want to pile on the losers, I’m looking at Jennifer Hudson sing “Let’s Stay Together” and trying to imagine what the Romneys would have danced to.)
The speech sort of stunned me — I wasn’t expecting it to be that powerful. James Fallows on some of the literary allusions. The line about Stonewall! Half the country has no idea what he was talking about, I’d bet. It’s time they learn.
What did I forget? What did you like?