Thursday, January 20, 2005

Happy Coronation!  

11:14 PM (permalink)
Babs reports:
Well it was quite a day! Of course we needed LOTS of beauty rest after a night of pre-emptive celebrating, so we were off to a late start this morning. We nudged Dubya to wake him up for the big inauguration festivities and got him in the car to deliver him back to Dick. However, he was acting so irrational and unsensible that we kicked him out of the car on our way to the day spa for our manicures, etc. We're pretty sure he made it in time for the swearing-in. Sorry Laura! After our manicures we discovered to our dismay that the traffic was so bad we'd have to take public transportation if we wanted to see any of the parade. Since we were slumming with the masses, we sang some songs for the long-haired dissidents who had gathered to protest the war or some such thing. One can never give up on converting those poor souls! They seemed quite pleased with our songs and at one cafe we received a standing ovation! Finally we got to the parade, where we wept with the sight of the giant US flag float.

photo Randi Cecchini

The eagle float inspired us to sing a round of "Let the Eagle Soar". Of course that was also done earlier. Other inspiring floats included the one with the Indians and General Custer. Also, we felt a special kinship with the pom-pom girls who had to dance out there in the cold with very little clothing. They were accompanied by great military bands, as well as the well-publicized vast numbers of security personnel. It's all about freedom (to invade other countries)!

With the heavy security and so forth, the inauguration festivities were slightly reminiscent of the big RNC party in New York, but with a major exception according to Lula. "Here you see the real money, furs and diamonds, not like in it was in New York." I guess most of us are afraid to wear our best jewels unless we know there's maximum security!
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