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( Jan. 20th, 2017 07:34 am)
I don't think I've ever watched an inaugural address live. What with school and work I mostly couldn't, then when I retired didn't want to. I think I tried with Jimmy Carter, but tuned in only in time to see him walking on his way from the speech to the White House. I wouldn't want DT to feel left out. So I won't watch today either. Might skip the news tonight for that matter.

Big controversies at inaugurations: Kennedy had a top hat, but broke long tradition by not wearing it. (Outgoing President Eisenhower wore his that day.) The good part of it was that it was largely the end of the top hat as a necessary part of formal wear for men. I remember my father setting out for a formal dinner one evening in the 1950s in a tux with tails and a top hat. The suit looked great on my dad; the hat looked silly.

Jimmy Carter was supposed to ride to the White House from the Capital building in a limo, but as mentioned above he walked with his wife. Kind of a last minute thing. The press didn't know it was going to happen, though I think they suspected he would. At his age DT will do well to stay out of the weather as much as possible, lest he follow the example of William Henry Harrison.
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