Of course I’m chuffed that Obama was reelected, but I have to say that the ceremony itself was tepid. Obama’s speech was lame and full of platitudes and borrowed words (granted, Inaugural speeches are not usually stemwinders), but he also invoked God more times than I liked. Kelly Clarkson’s rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was unexciting (though others liked it), Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem was godsawful (I’m convinced that I could have written a better one), and then there was a benediction by Episcopal Priest Luis León. Way, way, too much God in an inauguration for the president of a secular country. The only part I liked was Beyonce’s singing of the National Anthem, which was awesome given the leaden nature of the song.
Don’t get me wrong: I agreed with most of Obama’s sentiments (except the repeated allusions to God), and admire his emphasis on multiculturalism, but I found the whole thing. . . boring. Let’s hope his presidency is more exciting.
Now here‘s an Inaugural address (1961). I’ve embedded it only because Lincoln’s two fantastic addresses aren’t on YouTube!