‘For a measure of how the United States has changed in two generations, think about this…’
Most of the eminences who spoke or performed at President’s inauguration would probably not have been able to land an advertising job at the fictional agency portrayed on the television series “Mad Men.” Not Mr. Obama, since he’s black and his middle name is Hussein. Not Senator Charles E. Schumer, who’s Jewish. Not Myrlie Evers-Williams, who gave the invocation, or , who sang, because they’re both black and female. Speaking of female, not Kelly Clarkson, the singer—nor Justice of the Supreme Court, who, as a Hispanic, would have been doubly problematic. Speaking of Hispanic, not the Rev. Luis Leon—nor the inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, who is both Cuban-blooded and gay. Reactions to the inauguration have dwelled on Mr. Obama’s ringing defense of modern liberalism. But the theater of the day was at least as telling as the speeches.