Manny P. here…
As President Obama was sworn in for his Second Term as Commander-In-Chief, Gary Lycan, the radio columnist of the Orange County Register, made me aware of an amusing historical connection with Hollywood. This had to do with a comparison made with the inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
On January 19th, 1953, a record 71.7% of televisions in the US – more than the First Term swearing-in of President Eisenhower the following day – tuned in for the birth of Little Ricky on I Love Lucy. To increase publicity of this episode, the original air-date was chosen to coincide with Lucille Ball’s real-life delivery of Desi Jr. by caesarean section. Happy 60th birthday to Little Ricky!
At last evening’s Inaugural Balls, the re-elected team of President Obama, Vice President Biden, and their wives were serenaded by Oscar winners: Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls); and Jamie Foxx (Ray). They sang Let’s Stay Together and I Can’t Stop Loving You. By the way, after the inauguration of President James Madison in 1809, the tradition of the Inaugural Ball was started.
JENNIFER HUDSON JAMIE FOXX
Winning an Academy Award and an election has consequences…
Until next time> “never forget”