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It's Obama-palooza starring Bono, Beyonce, Springsteen, Usher...

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Not surprisingly the people putting on the show are pros.  Real pros.  They aren't like the guys who you hired to do your high school Christmas dance in the gym.

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They nabbed Don Mischer -- he's the guy who put on the opening ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the opening and closing ceremonies for the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Emmy Awards, and the halftime shows for many of the Super Bowls (but not the wardrobe malfunction one).

He also unknowingly dropped the f-bomb on CNN in 2004 when the balloons didn't come down on time at the Democratic National Convention.  But let's not bring that up.

"This is a great opportunity to capture an historic event in a very meaningful setting," Mischer said in a press release. "We will have the statue of Abraham Lincoln looking down on our stage and a crowd of hundreds of thousands of people lining the mall -- a tableau any director would relish."

Food

Speaking of relish, the food at the Inaugural will be a salute to Abraham Lincoln.  We speculated yesterday that this meant five-dollar foot-longs from Subway.  We were wrong.  That means they will be serving Lincoln-era food.

So does that mean squirrel-on-a-stick or ground beat porridge?  Nope.  Those invited to the ultra-exclusive Obama luncheon will have seafood stew, pheasant, duck, and sponge cake.  Click here to read up on the menu.

HBO

How can you tune in?

Well, as we told you last week HBO has the exclusive rights to the telecast.  They are distributing the signal, however, all over the place.  This means if you have cable or satellite TV, you can watch it.

If you get TV the old-fashioned way, you may be out of luck.

To read the official release, click here.

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