Archive for the Inaugurations Category

“I Do Solemnly Swear: Photographs of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration” Opens at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Posted in Culture and History, Inaugurations, Mall (The), Museums, Presidents on April 30, 2009 by Kent

obama-inaugurationOpening yesterday and running through July 12th, the exhibition “I Do Solemnly Swear” features approximately 50 framed color and black-and-white photographs highlighting the week-long events surrounding the historic Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.

Included in the exhibition are photographs by both professional and amateur photographers who recorded events surrounding the peaceful American transfer of power. The photographs on view include selections from the National Museum of American History’s new acquisition of 2009 inaugural photographs by leading photojournalists, including David Hume Kennerly, Bob McNeely and Karen Ballard.

You can read the entire press release for more information, and if you haven’t been back to the National Museum of American History since it’s reopened, what better reason do you need.

This Date in History

Posted in Inaugurations, March, Presidents on March 4, 2009 by Kent

March 4, 1861: President James Buchanan and President-elect Abraham Lincoln left the Willard Hotel in a horse-drawn carriage bound for the Capitol and Lincoln’s first inauguration. There, before hundreds of citizens, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administered the presidential oath of office, swearing in Abraham Lincoln as the sixteenth president of the United States.lincolns-first-inaugural

Etta James Now Claims Humor Defense

Posted in Entertainment, Inaugurations, People on February 9, 2009 by Kent


Last week, 71-year-old singer Etta James was caught on tape stating that she can’t stand Beyoncé. In particular, Ms. James was furious that Beyoncé had sung “her song” At Last at the inaugural ball for President Obama. Now, after being publicly caught being ugly,  stating that she would “whip” Beyoncé for singing that song, Etta is using the humor defense. She claims it was all a joke. So what was it. Deuling Divas, hurt feelings, or just so much hot air?

Where’s the Parade?

Posted in Inaugurations on February 4, 2009 by Kent

I’m just going to take a shot in the dark here … but I’m guessing the Inaugural review stand used to come down much faster back when Pennsylvania Avenue was still open to traffic in front of the White House. What do you all think? Is it reasonable that this work is still going on?Reviewing stand

Tuxedos Everywhere

Posted in Inaugurations on January 23, 2009 by Kent

004I’ve found it interesting how many tuxedos have been roaming the city streets these days. Since Wednesday morning, I’ve seen several racks outside of menswear shops, this photo in front of the Mens Warehouse on Connecticut.

Exodus Continues

Posted in Inaugurations on January 21, 2009 by Kent

Judging from the amount of luggage on Metro this morning, Inauguration visitors are still leaving the city. Its also clear that most of these folks were either able to visit our city for a while, or really don’t know how to pack. To their credit, most seem to have learned to stand on the left of the escalators.

Timeless Beauty

Posted in Fashion, First Ladies, Inaugurations on January 21, 2009 by Kent

michelle-obama Yesterday, Michelle Obama wore a sparkling lemon grass sheath dress with matching coat by Cuban-born American designer Isabel Toledo for the Inauguration. I loved that she completed the ensemble with green gloves from J. Crew and Jimmy Choo green patent pumps. The choice of materials and colors seemed more sophisticated that most.

I thought her appearance was instantly classic. The lines were graceful and simple, accentuating her natural beauty. Generally, I’ve enjoyed that Mrs. Obama has tended to select simple lines in her clothes, opting to add sparkle with the fabric’s weave or print. I’m looking forward to watching Mrs. Obama over the next four years, and truly hope that her impact on American fashion lives up to its potential.

I’d be interested to hear what others think.