As long as I'm laid up in front of my teevee I might as well live blog this inauguration thing. I'm still using the iPhone so expect plain text and typos.
7:45 - Why are the talking heads so obsessed with speculation on where Obama will be going to church as president? The righteous Ronald Reagan and George W Bush didn't regularly attend church at all.
8:00 - The pre-inaugural coverage is as tortured and inane as the Super Bowl pre-game show. Actually more so since it's on every news channel.
8:05 - Speaking of church, Obama and Biden are in church now. Lots of religion injected into this secular event.
8:15 - is it at the inauguration the Obama finally reveals himself as the Muslim Terrorist Antichrist? A million wingnuts can't be wrong.
8:25 - I feel for the huge crowd standing in the cold. I remember that February morning two years ago freezing on the lawn of the Old State Capitol to hear Senator Obama annouce his run for the White House.
8:27 - CNN just interviewed two women who found a way to avoid the security checkpoints and told us all how they did it. Great.
8:37 - MSNBC is reporting the crowds are overwhelming in the checkpoints.
8:45 - This is a picky point but I've now heard two former Clinton administration officials refer to memories of the Clinton inaugural in 1992. Except, of course, that first Clinton inauguration was in January 1993.
8:50 - Obama now leaving the church and heading for the White House to have coffee with Bush. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, George.
8:56 - The Bush's are greeting the Obamas and enter the White House.
9:00 - I get a little tired of the self-congradulatory "peaceful transfer of power" stuff from the talking heads. Sure it's a good thing, but it's hardly unique to this country.
9:10 - CBS assures me that there are plenty of port-a-potties for the crowd.
9:37 - The dignitaries are filing in along with the celebs. Spike Lee looks cute in a fur-lined hat.
9:45 - George W. Bush just left the White House for the last time. Awesome. He and Obama are on their way to the Capitol.
9:59 - To my favorite troll who keeps posting racist and threatening comments which I immediately delete: I've been collecting your comments and will be forewarding them to the Secret Service. That may seem extreme but you seem genuinely dangeous. It might also be fun...for me. So keep the comments coming asshole.
10:05 - I wonder if those Supreme Court justices are wearing layers under those robes.
10:08 - Ray LaHood just entered.
10:11 - Oh boy! CNN has ordered up a satellite picture of the event and the crowd. Can't wait for that.
10:15 - The former presidents are entering. Bush the Elder is barly able to walk. Jimmy Carter is still spry. Hillary walked in with Bill rather than with the other cabinet members.
10:20 - On ABC they discussing what happens if Obama takes the Oath late, after noon EST, since Bush officially stops being president right at noon. OMG, no president for the intervening minutes.
10:25 - The Obama girls are in the house.
10:30. - Jena and not-Jenna are there.
10:31 - The crowd is chanting for Obama.
10:35 - Cheney is in a wheelchair after hurting himself moving the other day.
10:40 - Biden enters.
10:41 - Obama looks nervous as he prepares to come onto the scene.
10:44 - Obama is announced and enters. The crowd chants "Obama!".
10:46 - Here we go.
10:49 - Ugh, Rick Warren. But an OK opening prayer even though I'd prefer this to be a stickly a secular event.
10:54 - Aretha sings!
10:59 - Biden being sworn in and blinded by the sun.
11:00 - Bush is no longer president! But niether is Obama! We have NO president!
11:02 - CNN says Obama IS president even though be hasn't yet been sworn in. Better tell ABC.
11:04 - I'm nearly blind from typing on this small screen.
11:05 - Obama is taking the oath of office! He kind of flubs it.
11:08 - Thank God the Bush years are over.
11:09 - Obama giving inaugural address.
11:18 - He's doing well with the restoring America's dignity and trust in the world bit.
11:25 - This really is an above average inaugural address. Obama puts a lot into his oratory no matter what the venue and that has carried him far.
11:26 - He's done speaking now.
11:29 - And now poetry. I'd also like this to be a non-poetic event.
11:32 - A lot of people don't stick aourd for the poem.
11:34 - Another prayer. I liked the ending.
11:39 - The National Anthem. I thought that was sung at the beginning of events.
11:40 - Malia Obama had Joe Biden take her picture with her camera (or maybe he volunteered). Either way, getting the VP to do you favors is kinds cool.
11:47 - I've now lived through some or all of the terms of 11 presidents. That's 1/4th of them.
11:52 - Dick Cheney looks like Mr. Potter in that wheelchair.
11:54 - Bush waving as he gets on the helecopter to leave Washington. Bye George. That's 8 years the country will never get back.
11:57 - Obama (and the nation) waves as the helecopter takes off. Ha, Ha . The crowd is chanting "Na, na, na, na...hey, hey, goodbye."
12:01 - OK, I'm done for now. I need a nap.