Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Like most Americans I watched the inauguration with overwhelming pride. I even stood alone in my living room as Obama took the oath of office, though I immediately collapsed in a heap of second hand embarrassment with the whole fumbling over the words of the oath incident. But what really got to me was later that night at the Public Ball when Shakira performed. She looked way hot and sexy and sang that fun bright side of the road song but then, towards the end of the song, she brings out a harmonica! A harmonica! What?! Since when does Shakira play the harmonica in a ballgown and is that necessary and what? And then Stevie Wonder played and he played the harmonica but all I could see what the image of Shakira playing the harmonica, seared in my brain. You may be saying, “Sarah, what’s the big deal?” But if you didn’t see it then you don’t know. My roommate was confused and frightened by the harmonica as well, and equally as pissed that Shakira stole Stevie Wonder’s harmonica thunder. So there.