Sunday, January 18, 2009

"We Are One"

I'm really trying to concentrate on work but all these wonderful actors keep distracting me on the Obama Inaugural Gala celebration. I guess it's streaming live here and free HBO today anyway. At first I was able to resist but then they went and threw Denzel Washington, Laura Linney and Marisa Tomei at me and I succumbed.

27 comments:

Arkaan said...

"This video is only available in the US and it's territories. We apologize to the rest of the world."

Heh.

Katey said...

And see, I turned it on to find Will.i.am, and I have no trouble turning it off.

Runs Like A Gay said...

Heh indeed.

Please be succumbed and enjoy on behalf of your overseas fans.

It must be a great atmosphere over there right now.

Shawn said...

It's been wonderful so far.

My favorite part was Josh Groban and Heather Headley singing "My Country Tis Of Thee" with the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington. Very touching.

Katey said...

I lied. I'm completely sucked in. Garth Brooks singing with a choir kids makes me feel like a kid in the early 90s all over again.

Jesus Alonso said...

count me out, I think Obama is a bluff... of course he will do better than dubya, but could anyone do worse?

Mikadzuki said...

I don't know, it kind of lost me when Tom Hanks came on board to pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln and the orchestra began competing to drown his speech in schmaltzy music, supposedly to try to make everyone believe they were watching The West Wing instead.

Sorry, but shouldn't we just save the fireworks until the guy has actually accomplished something?

JA said...

Dude, I hate Bono and Bono made me cry. Then Bruce Springsteen made me cry again. I had to change the channel when Beyonce walked out, lest the third B of the apocalypse occur.

JA said...

And for the record (and in response to you the pre-me negativity), I was a Hillary supporter so I'm not exactly changing my screen-name to ObamaFreekNumber1 any day now, but isn't anybody else just a smidge caught up in the historical nature of his election as well as just this enormous sense of relief that the biggest presidential failure possibly of all our country's history is outta there? Cuz I sure as hell am feeling it.

the boyfriend said...

Yes, JA, I'm with you. Also a Hillary guy who just cried through the whole concert. Such an amazing sense of relief that this 8-year nightmare is finally over.

Mikadzuki said...

OK, I see now that my comment comes across more negative than it was intended. I'd TOTALLY take Obama over McCain any day of the week, I just wish there wasn't so much unconditional hyperbole surrounding him at all times. Messianic rhetoric does NOT equal accomplishment. Neither does a $120 million inauguration gala taking place in the middle of a financial crisis.

Anonymous said...

did anyone see will.i.am and john legend debate america ferrera on larry king live during the primary season!?

she wiped the floor with the both of them!

gabrieloak said...

I couldn't watch the whole telecast today but will watch later. Are there any Asian American celebrities who were on? I didn't see any. Still invisible in the media.

A Gramme]a\\r Nazi said...

I think you meant "...threw Denzel..." instead of "...through Denzel..."

I'm completely confused otherwise.

NATHANIEL R said...

grammar nazi -- i type too fast and i write like speaking (hey the words sound a like) and such errors befall me. I HAVE CORRECTED!

gabriel -- i didn't see any asian celebrities there but at least with Obama we're moving into an era of inclusiveness.

everyone -- i agree with all of the negative nancys out there that Obama is no messiah or panacea and I do very much worry about the media and the public's need to make him into Christ 2: The Return.

BUT

regardless... he's going to be a million times the president that we've had for the past 8 years and maybe better than several before that too.

cross your fingers.

Anonymous said...

better than Bill!??!

what didn't you like about the 90s?

the peace or the prosperity?

NATHANIEL R said...

sorry but don't put words/meanings in my mouth.

I love me some Bill Clinton. But yes, it's possible that Obama will be a better president than him.

maybe he'll have more successful with healthcare. maybe he won't be as easily trapped or distracted by things that have nothing to do with the country itself.

there are ways to be a better president than Bill Clinton.

Anonymous said...

was that a verbal slap at Hillary!?!?!

she did her best to get universal health care, but the repubs destroyed that

the boyfriend said...

I've just been deputized by Nathaniel (apparently he's busy with awards and lists and such?) Look people, we're both big Hillary supporters. But how can you not be thrilled that an incredibly intelligent, competent person is being sworn in as president?
Also, (I hate Palin for making me ashamed of typing that word) Mikadzuki - Tom Hanks wasn't talking over the orchestra - Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" was written with narration - it's like a non-sung oratorio.
So, people, let's just rejoice in our liberation from evil stupidity. Surely we can agree on that, non?

Anonymous said...

yes thank you!

Hillary would have been better though, imho

Anonymous said...

I think we should all appreciate Nat for not turning The Film Experience into the Politics Experience!

like someone else..

*cough jeff wells cough*

the boyfriend said...

But (wow, I'm chatty tonight) Hillary as SOS - pretty awesome, I think she can do some really amazing stuff in that position. She's got an incredibly positively high profile overseas (I believe, am I wrong?) so I think she's in a good position to make some really good changes.

Anonymous said...

yes Hillary as SOS is quite possibly the best choice Obama has made so far!

everyone in the world LOVES and RESPECTS Hillary!!!

Arkaan said...

It's high, but not overwhelming.

Katey said...

Gabriel, Kal Penn was a presenter, so count one Asian celebrity at least.

Jesus Alonso said...

amen, Nat, well said.

gabrieloak said...

Katey, I didn't catch Zak Penn, thanks for letting me know. Too bad John Cho wasn't with him.