Plenty more of substance to be said about the inauguration ceremony, no doubt, but here’s the initial ricochet off the old mellon:
Yo-Yo Ma is one of the happiest men anywhere, in the history of the world, ever. American slaves didn’t just pick cotton, they also picked lettuce. Who knew? A good portion of President Obama’s speech consisted of making promises to the world in a winning and sympathetic expression of manifest destiny and the Pax Americana. We should indeed pray for the day when tanks are pounded into tractors, not to mention when the Red Man can get ahead, man. But for now, pick up the (half)White Man’s Burden.