A Proud Day for Black Cats

By Yul

I’m trying not to gloat, but there wasn’t a cooler cat than Barack Obama ad libbing an oath of office so it would hold up in the Supreme Court, even though Chief Justice John Roberts did his best to throw Obama off.

And just like that, the country’s governance went from the ridiculous to the sublime. Unflappable, confident, focused, and without naming names, Obama gracefully tossed George Bush and Dick Cheney on the trash heap of history right before their eyes by vowing to clean up their messes and dismantle their web of denial, lies, and secrecy.

But what was with Elizabeth Alexander and that inaugural poem? Is it a cat thing, or was she losing everybody? Maya Angelou she is not. Bush and a lot of others probably wished they had earbuds and an iPod in their pockets during that recitation.

In the talking head department, Tom Brokaw cleverly got in one last dig by observing that Dick Cheney in a wheelchair had a “Dr. Strangelove” quality to it.

It seems a testament to Obama’s power to uplift that millions of people gathered in DC — with every living president and VP and most of Congress (with no love lost there) — yet no shoes were thrown.

Obama’s only been president a few hours, but you can already feel the change.

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4 Responses to A Proud Day for Black Cats

  1. Deb says:

    Yeah, I didn’t get the poem either. And could she speak any slower?
    Obama’s family is certainly a representation of the American people. I love it!
    God keep him safe.

  2. Adele says:

    Yul, Alice and I share your joy, and as a proud Black cat, you must have been impressed with Rev. Joseph Lowry’s benediction. I thought the inaugural poem was slow moving, although I liked the finish, and I hadn’t thought about the Dr. Strangelove connection until you pointed it out. I just kept hoping Cheney would be pushed out of the chair; Bush would go running down the stairs after him, and they’d both be trampled. I did love it when part of the crowd sang, “Nah, nah, nah, hey, hey good-bye” as the Bush helicopter went over the Mall. White Sox fans sing that whenever there’s a Sox home run.

    One of my friends was just outraged about Roberts’ muffing of the oath. She thought it was deliberate, too. Great minds . . .

  3. catsworking says:

    Thank you, Deb. I thought Maya Angelou could have done better, but I went back and read the poem she wrote for Clinton in 1993 and it wasn’t much better. However, Maya’s delivery is usually pretty compelling. (It’s a black cat talent. 😉 )

    Alexander probably got rattled by the ungodly size of the mob standing at her feet and felt like she had to speak v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y to reach the people standing beyond the Washington Monument.

  4. catsworking says:

    Yeah, Alice, you would certainly hope that the Chief Justice wouldn’t be so petty as to try to get a dig in by screwing up the oath. But they said he didn’t write it down, and it was only 35 words long, so you have to wonder. He’ll probably never hear the end of that back at court.

    I thought Obama did a good job of thinking on his feet and working all the wording in, even if some were out of order, so nobody could claim he wasn’t REALLY president because he didn’t say the full oath.

    If any of the Justices retire, it’s really nice to know they won’t be followed by any more Scalias or Thomases for a while.

    I read somewhere that the crowd started booing when Bush first came out onto the platform. You’re right, it would have been a hoot if Cheney had somehow gotten dumped from his chair. Kind of as a metaphor to “Don’t let the door hit in you in the ass.” Personally, I think the wheelchair thing was his way of staying low in case anything got thrown. You know he’s not the kind of guy to jump up and take a shoe for Bush, especially if Biden had already been sworn in. He’s the type who would have said, “Hey, it’s not MY job anymore!”

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