My Fingers and Toes Are Much Warmer This Time

Get your inaugural live-blog on, kids.


Neither President Bush is there? I understand with Herbert Walker, but Shrub really has no excuse.

@SanFranLefty: As you like to say, he remains klassy with a k.

I know what Scalia’s hat is (a doctoral cap) but what is Alito (or whoever it is) wearing?

@rptrcub: Scott Pelley and Bob Schieffer couldn’t figure it out. I had to switch to CBS because NBC and CNN were inducing a stroke with all the tweets running across the bottom of the screen.

@SanFranLefty: I’m on NBC mainly because our local affiliate, WXIA, has the strongest signal at our house with practically no pixelation (we have broadcast TV only).

@SanFranLefty: C-SPAN for me…nothing but rousing marches to listen to.

@flippin eck: FLOTUS’s outfit by men’s designer Thom Brown.

Schumer has such a Noo Yawk accent.

Yeah, 43 said he couldn’t go because 41 was in the hospital last month. I think he has been on a bender since 2008.

@SanFranLefty: I saw that. They really pulled their punches about The Bangs.

@SanFranLefty: I thought Schumer tomed down the accent today.

@Tommmcatt Can’t Believe He Ate The Whole Thing: Indoor plumbing is too expensive, my dear ‘Catt. Times are tough. We’re even reduced to using a Roku box.

@Dodgerblue: For the love of the FSM … it’s a great invocation but good gravy.

@rptrcub: She invoked that little Jewish guy right at the end.

Ugh, what is that wretched synthesized accompaniment?? I feel like I’m in a megachurch.

@flippin eck: They had to do *something* since Rick Warren wasn’t there to give us that bit of Merika.

What is the godawful American Idol arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic?? Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ, my ears are bleeding and Julia Ward Howe is spinning in her grave.

@flippin eck: @rptrcub: Some hot men in that choir, but enough already.

@Dodgerblue: @rptrcub: At least she wasn’t a gay-hating pastor of a megachurch. Nice to have someone with actual moral authority.

No coup, Lamar? How about coo coo cachoo?

@Dodgerblue: How can they stage a coup when Barack is taking away their guns?

@Mistress Cynica: This morning’s AJC had a column by two dipshit Xtians who felt oppressed about being told that their homophobia wasn’t cool, and they railed on and on about how that other Xtianist wasn’t going to give the benediction.

Sweet dreams and flying machines….

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, renowned for taking gospel songs and squeezing all the soul out of them.

@SanFranLefty: There was a cute moment when Plugz Jr. came in lugging that thing and looked around for a place to set it down before realizing that he better just hold the dang thing.

Now, noted hip-hop rapper Boomer dinosaur James Taylor. What, “those people” listen to him too?

Oh noes! He’s 0 for 2 in not flubbing it! (Course it was Robert’s fault the first time.)

The 21-gun salute needs more BOOM.

@Dodgerblue: I adore Dr. Jill. Much like I adore Shelley Oh’s purple leather gloves.

Way to go Justice Roberts, you didn’t fuck it up this time.

“Fuck y’all. I’m back for more.”

So does he love the blue tie, or what?

“Not self-executing.” C’mon Prof. Obama, cut the lawyer crap.

I get it Barry. You want R&D and infrastructure and education.

Acknowledgment of climate change. Wow.

Reference to the Stonewall Riots. Keep going…

Did Justice Scalia’s head explode with the reference to gay marriage?
Holy. Fuck.

Alright, he’s hitting the MLK stride now.

@SanFranLefty: Second term. He doesn’t need to pretend any more.

@flippin eck: And on that note, I’m heading off to wine country for the day. I’ll miss seeing what Shelley wears for the parade but will be back for tonight’s ball gown.

@SanFranLefty: Blech, Kelly Clarkson. I think I’ll get out while the getting’s good too. After all, I’m supposedly “working” today. Have a nice time in wine country and I’ll see you back here later for more fashion assessments!

Hey look kids! Stop texting and listen to Beyonce!

@matador1015: I enjoyed it. She did kinda diva it but didn’t completely mutilate the national anthem like most divae do.

It ain’t over til Beyonce’ sings.

@Tommmcatt Can’t Believe He Ate The Whole Thing: I like it, which is more than I can say for most inaugural poems.

Re today’s musical performances: When did performers start just completely ignoring the time signature of the song, beats per measure, quarter notes, half notes, whole notes, etc.? Does anyone EVER just perform the song AS WRITTEN? I want my old music teacher to come back and smack them all upside the head with a metronome.

@Tommmcatt Can’t Believe He Ate The Whole Thing: It’s mostly just noise to me, but noise with a regular tempo is a lot easier to tolerate.

I completely forgot about this thing. Did it go ok?

Parade now occuring. Lots of intensely-focused Secret Service guys around the POTUS-mobile.

Could they for once, just once, get someone who knows how to, you know, sing, to sing the motherfucking songs? Is that too much to ask?

Bangs ‘n Drone Strikes. Welcome to the Second Term.

@Mistress Cynica: When did performers start just completely ignoring the time signature of the song, beats per measure, quarter notes, half notes, whole notes, etc.?

In jazz, you hang behind the beat. But I presume this ain’t jazz.

James Taylor can make anything sound like a dirge. When he songs “Up on the Roof”, he sounds like he’s on the ledge looking down.

TJ/ Holy shit! They were not kidding about this no sun makes you want to jump off the space needle if you can will yourself out of hibernation crap!

I hope this 5000K bulb helps without blinding my dumbass.

I see my GP on Friday — I better get a script for a SAD light and my insurance better cover it because this it NO FUCKING JOKE. If not, it’s going to look like I’m having a fucking rent party if I have to string lights all over the apartment.

I started with the D3 pretty early, but man, this is some depressing shit. And I think something is burning…

Oh. Neighbor burned popcorn.

AHHHHH! I just looked into the light!

@¡Andrew!: My brother. I’m ambivalent about this second term. And those bastids didn’t count my ballot even though I called to change my address and the damned thing came here. But, whatever.

A question for those with fashion sense. Let’s assume for the sake of discussion that FLOTUS has a big butt. Why does wearing a high-waisted dress make such a person look better? Or am I missing the point and there is some other reason, e.g. sending the message “I’m not like Hillary.”

BREAKING: Shelley is wearing a gorgeous red Jason Wu gown to the ball. So fabulous I didn’t even notice the bangs.

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