Yesterday a friend asked me about it and I said, “Why punish myself?” Then I realized that was rather combative, because after all she’s a big Obama fan, so I softened it by adding that I almost never watch inaugurations, and in fact haven’t really watched one since Kennedy. And that happens to be true. It’s partly my dislike of speeches.
And why should I punish myself by watching Obama’s second inauguration? No real reason to do so. And I also wonder why it is that we have to have an entire second big bash, just like the first one, when presidents are elected to a second term. Can’t we just say the oath still holds until the next president is sworn in?
I do like to notice the fashions, though. Michelle looked really nice (yeah, don’t jump down my throat; she did). And I’m very glad to see she ditched the belt she had on earlier in the day. Wonder if her husband told her she looked better without it? If so, it was one of the few times he showed remarkably good judgment:
Inaugurations are opportunities for coat fashion to be admired. As for that JFK inauguration I remember so well, it seems like another century. Hey, it was another century, but in some ways it seems like even longer ago than that. There was the muff Mrs. Kennedy carried (it was a very cold day), and the top hat Jack initially wore as a nod to tradition:
JFK did not like hats, and he took it off for his speech:
Note the morning coat. That’s what it’s called isn’t it? You don’t see many of those these days.