Full Caf Americano™
I mean, 8 million more Americans are out of work than when he started his first term, and Barry’s worried Kevin and Troy can’t get married in Tupelo, Mississippi?
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” Obama declared to the slightly subdued crowd around us.
This reminds RRG of that movie, Young Frankenstein. Where Gene Wilder’s Dr. Frankenstein asks Marty Feldman’s Igor about the brain he just put into Peter Boyle’s Frankenstein’s monster:
Dr. Frankenstein: Now that brain that you gave me. Was it Hans Delbruck’s?
Igor: [pause] Noooo.
Dr. Frankenstein: Ah! Very good. Would you mind telling me whose brain I DID put in?
Igor: Then you won’t be angry?
Dr. Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry.
Igor: Abby someone.
Dr. Frankenstein: [pause] Abby someone. Abby who?
Igor: Abby… Normal.
Dr. Frankenstein: [pause] Abby Normal?
Igor: I’m almost sure that was the name.
Dr. Frankenstein: [chuckles, pause] Are you saying that I put an abnormal brain into a SEVEN AND A HALF FOOT LONG, FIFTY-FOUR INCH WIDE GORILLA?
[Dr. Frankenstein grabs Igor and starts throttling him]
Dr. Frankenstein: IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE TELLING ME?
Okay, different is good. Diversity, tolerance, inclusion, level playing field, yada yada yada.
But you cannot “recalibrate” to your liking what the MAN already made in His image, without being ABBY NORMAL. Let’s face it guys and gals, you’re still going to standout at those PTA meetings. So good luck with that, Barack… you and Rahm…
Speaking of faking it, Inauguration Day had a surplus of sham performances.
Beyoncé did not sing the national anthem live at President Obama’s inauguration.
Millions of viewers around the world were stunned by the singer’s spectacular rendition of the anthem but The Times has learnt that she was lip-syncing to a pre-recorded backing track.
A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band Kristen DuBois said it was standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyoncé decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather than risk singing it live on the Capitol.
Yo Yo Ma pre-recorded his cello performance in 2008 because the cold weather and wind may have affected the acoustics of his instrument. Vocal performers, however, typically do perform live despite January’s icy conditions.
“We did pre-record it and it was Beyoncé’s decision at the last minute to go with the pre-recorded version,” said a spokeswoman for the band.
“We pre-recorded all music as a matter of course and have done since time immemorial,” she said. “This is our 54th inauguration… There is no question of there not being any music – it’s not because the performer cannot do it.”
As the late Etta James noted back in 2009, Beyoncé ain’t no Etta, honey.
Yo Yo Ma? Well, all we can say is Frank Zappa would be ashamed.