In 3 days, Barack Hussein Obama will serve up his much anticipated inaugural speech and set up camp at his new White House crib.
An historic day, for sure. The first Black President in our country’s young history will be sworn into office, a huge important milestone, and yet, for all the hoopla, it just doesn’t seem that exciting.
Yeah, I know, I didn’t vote for the guy, but, the day-in, day-out media saturation of this man for the past four years has made it feel as though he’s been at this since I was unloading in my Pampers.
These past couple days especially, from all the talk of which “celebrities” will be where (in a city which they have avoided like the plague since Clinton and his Blue Dress), to today’s “symbolic” train ride, and all the goofy baubles one can purchase, it’s all seemed to be, well, a bit hokey to me.
Here’s just a few examples of merchandise that can be purchased thanks to the inspiration of Obama Corp:
We have Obama bobble heads, Obama Metro Cards, Obama tee-shirts of every kind, Obama calenders, pins of Barack and Michelle, Obama condoms, Obama commemorative plates, Obama One Dollar coins (which sell for $19.99), a Barack-in-the-box, Obama Hot Sauce, Obama soap-on-a-rope (?), Obama trading cards, an Obama/Biden thong (eww), Obama Andy Warhol “Pop” sneakers, a Marvel Comic book “Spiderman Meets Obama” issue, Obama stamps, “Obama Momma” trading cards, an “Obama Wins” $200 pocket book, Obama aprons, Ben & Jerry’s “Yes Pe-Can” ice cream, Obama “Bling”, and “First Obama Dog” trading cards, just to name a few things.
We also have a gaggle of “celebrities” who will be performing including:
Beyonce, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, U2, Garth Brooks, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Usher, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Will.i.am, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Denzel Washington, and many more I don’t care to write about.
Many “celebrities” have also donated large amounts of money for the festivities, some up to $50,000 each, including:
George Soros, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg, Kate Spielberg, Jeffery Katzenberger, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Ron Howard, Samuel Jackson, Sharon Stone, Robert Zemeckis, and many more I don’t care to write about.
(You can see a list of all the people who contributed at least $200 and up at the Inaugural Committee Donors page.)
I’ve always viewed the inauguration of the President of the United States as an especially solemn, truly unique American tradition.
Perhaps that’s why I get the feeling that this one is more like a big, expensive, cheesy telethon.
What a shame.
(Edited after first posting)