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>Inaugural Festivities

January 13, 2009


Seven. The number of days left until we have a new direction for our country. Jackpot!!!

The inauguration is on Tuesday, but the festivities start Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial.

I wonder what this man would be thinking.

I think I know.

I wonder what this man will be saying.

Well I don’t know the words he will be using, but as Bishop Gene Robinson opens the inaugural festivities with a prayer, I know that a feeling of hope, of inclusion, and of promise will be heard by all. The festivities will be taped and broadcast for free on HBO Sunday evening (6 – 8 Central time). Of course, I’m not sure the 2 hour broadcast will include the prayer, but I assume it will. Free, for all Americans (that have cable or satellite).

Robinson had this to say in an email to Episcopal Cafe:

“I am writing to tell you that President-Elect Obama and the Inaugural Committee have invited me to give the invocation at the opening event of the Inaugural Week activities, “We are One,” to be held at the Lincoln Memorial, Sunday, January 18, at 2:00 pm. It will be an enormous honor to offer prayers for the country and the new president, standing on the holy ground where the “I have a dream speech” was delivered by Dr. King, surrounded by the inspiring and reconciling words of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. It is also an indication of the new president’s commitment to being the President of ALL the people. I am humbled and overjoyed at this invitation, and it will be my great honor to be there representing the Episcopal Church, the people of New Hampshire, and all of us in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.”

It’s nice to know that someone is “representing” me at the inaugural festivities. I haven’t heard anything like that from Rick Warren.

Beyonce, U2, John Legend,, Usher, Garth Brooks and a bevy of other performers will entertain.

>Obama and Lincoln

November 18, 2008

>It’s mid-November and Christmas will be here before you know it. The hallway is as finished as its gonna get and there is even a (pink) Christmas tree decorated in that room.

The tree? $5.00 at an estate sale in Bluff Park years ago.

The Barack Obama drawing? An original by Steve Shepard of Gautier, MS. Shepard is often seen at area art shows with his snappy partisan work.

The Abraham Lincoln portrait? A signed print by Walter Tittle (1883-1966). Tittle was known for his portraits of presidents. Any art historians out there?

Since Obama seems to be modeling his upcoming presidency after Abraham Lincoln, it’s only fitting that their portraits should hang close by each other. I also have a print with JFK and Lincoln’s portraits together that needs framing, that could go there.

Obama read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, Team of Rivals, about Lincoln and spoke about it during his campaign. Here, after a brief excerpt from Obama’s campaign, Goodwin talks with David Gregory about Obama and how this strategy can benefit him, based on Lincoln’s history.

More power to ya, Barack.

I haven’t read Goodwin’s book, but I did read The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln by C. A. Tripp which presents evidence of Lincoln’s homosexuality. Among other things, Lincoln shared a bed with an army captain while serving in the White House while Mrs. Lincoln was away. Sort of puts a new twist on that whole “Lincoln bedroom” thing, doesn’t it? The book’s in my library, if anyone wants to borrow.

And Lincoln wasn’t the only president that had thing for guys. More on that later.