1. i would just like to suggest to aretha franklin (and all singers, for that matter) that she always, always breathe in the middle of the word "country" when singing "my country 'tis of thee".
2. what was mr. potter from "it's a wonderful life" doing there?
3. supreme court chief justice john roberts interpreted that oath of office nearly as well as he interprets the constitution (btw, it was roberts who screwed up, not obama.)
4. to anyone as unimpressed as i was with rev. rick warren's invocation, and as saddened by the omission of rev. gene robinson's prayer from the broadcast of the pre-inaugural ceremony, look at this page at the new whitehouse.gov (hat tip andrew sullivan.)