Barack Obama

Odd thoughts on inauguration night

Some scattered thoughts on Inauguration evening. After a few hours of giddiness (see previous blogs), I've re-discovered my inner cynic:

1) OK, I agree with Barack Obama that "neighborhood" begins with "neighbor." (If my sense of word construction is correct, this is not a coincidence.) Still, the word also begins with "neigh" and ends with "hood"; I don't know what to make of this.

2) For that matter, "neighborhood ball" ends with "ball." That may be accurate.

It's a great day

This was the best TV show I've seen in, approximately, forever. And it was simply real life -- Barack Obama becoming president.

The music -- from Aretha Franklin, a chamber quartet and a Navy chorus -- was magnificent. So was the irony.

Franklin sang "sweet land of liberty" and "let freedom ring," in front of a Capitol partly built by slaves. She was, newsmen pointed out, about 1,000 feet from the location of a pen where slaves were held.

We might gripe -- hey, TV critics do that -- about two things:

A time for joy -- on TV and in life

The star power splashing across our TV sets on Tuesday (Jan. 20) will be awesome.

There -- shortly before Barack Obama is sworn in at noon -- will be Aretha Franklin and Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma and more. And there -- in the "Neighborhood Ball," from 8-10 p.m., on ABC -- will be many of the great voices: Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and more.

This won't be one of your Miley moments; it's a day for blistering power. It will be a grand time to be planted in front of a TV set.