I've gotten a ton of emails asking me what I thought of the swearing-in ceremony. No, I didn't. But I'll review it, anyway.
Warren's prayer was fine. Too bad it was by him. Obama's speech was magnificent, his delivery less so. He's not a great speaker. The John Williams arrangement of the Shaker hymn Simple Gifts (Elder Joseph Brackett, 1848) was fabulous, as was the performance. I can almost forgive Williams for his awful soundtrack music and that stupid NBC Nightly News theme.
Elizabeth Alexander's moving inaugural poem was terrific, but poetry isn't (and has never been) very popular. Even the great intellects at Beware of the Blog didn't dig it, so (naturally) they're ridiculing it in their usual distinguished fashion: The Inaugural Poem Remix. Not that Ms. Alexander isn't used to that level of response.
Dr. Joseph Lowery was masterful. Beyond masterful, maybe.
Obama's swearing-in ceremony was no let-down. And that's my review.