Remember the hope and joy of the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, the historic first Hawiian to become president of the mainland United States? People were so excited—especially black people, who seemed to see something special about the Harvard law school graduate's move to national politics. (White conservatives were, in turn, very suspicious about African-Americans managing to travel to D.C. for the 2009 ceremony, while other blacks trapped in flooded New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina only managed to lose their homes, drown or get shot down by white cops.)
Anyway, things will be a lot smoother this year, in Washington. For one thing, hardly anybody wants to go to next week's second-term inaugural. One historic thing was quite enough, thanks! Like all parts of life that once held meaning, next week's less-historic Obama event is best enjoyed via a smart-phone app.
"This inauguration is a celebration of the American people," said Steve Kerrigan, president and CEO of the PIC. "That's why we've designed our app to make sure folks across this country don't miss a moment of history. Whether you're in Washington, D.C., or any other part of the nation, there are plenty of ways to be involved in the inauguration through this app."
Make sure to download this thing right away, so you can tell your children "where you were" when Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term as president: sitting on your ass playing with a phone.