Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Tis the night before Christmas, and the biggest news is that some paparazzo took pictures of Obama strutting around without a shirt. But of greater concern to Obamathon Man is the latest archival project from the Library of Congress, who are seeking

"Audio and video recordings of sermons and orations that comment on the significance of the inauguration of 2009. It is expected that such sermons and orations will be delivered at churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship, as well as before humanist congregations and other secular gatherings."

While I can appreciate the preservationist urge many of us feel, it seems a bit unfair of the LoC to limit their search just to sermons. If they really are looking for all types of orations, why don't they also look to the libraries, universities, parks, and other places where noteworthy observations are being made. Hell, why not look to the comedy clubs or the concert venues? While I respect the services offered by churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and humanist congregations (however that works), I think that significant orations about the inauguration (inauguorations!) are happening everywhere, and it would be unfair to limit the search for them. High minded things can be said in low places.

So Merry Christmas to all, and make sure you stuff the LoC's stockings with anything you view to be a significant inauguoration, no matter who gave it or where it was given.

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