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Obama Is Not King

The Obama Timeline author Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 12:28 PM
It is an "inauguration," not an "inaugural." The word inaugural is an adjective (as in, inaugural address), while the event itself is a noun. (Why do so many get this wrong? And the speaker stands behind a lectern, not a podium. He stands on a podium.)
Watching President Obama's inaugural, I was confused. It looked like a new king was being crowned. Thousands cheered, like subjects worshipping nobility. At a time when America faces unsustainable debt and terrible economic troubles, why such pomp?

Maybe it's because so many people tell themselves presidents can solve any problem, like fairy-tale kings -- or gods.

Before America's first inauguration, John Adams suggested George Washington be called "His Most Benign Highness." Fortunately, Congress insisted on the more modest title, "President."

At his inaugural, President Obama himself said, "The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the...