Inaugurals Past and Present, Vol. III

Can you tell yet that I’m excited about Barack Obama’s inauguration? Anyway, here’s an excerpt from The Weather Channel’s inaugural slideshow.

Weather’s greatest impact on inauguration day came in 1841 when William Henry Harrison decided to brave the elements and deliver the longest inauguration speech ever, an oration lasting an hour, 40 minutes.

It was a cloudy, cold and blustery day, and Harrison, who wore neither hat nor overcoat, rode a horse to and from the Capitol ceremony. He subsequently caught a cold that developed into pneumonia. A month later, Harrison died.

And here’s a photograph of President-Elect Obama speaking in Baltimore on Saturday, January 17, 2009. Let’s hope he wears that same coat and gloves when he gives his inaugural address!

And . . . while searching for the above photo, I found a photo that answers the question left in my mind after writing Vol. II in this series of posts: What has replaced fedoras? That’s easy — watch caps! Lots of watch caps.


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