Last week, when browsing at Borders with a friend who had voted for Obama pointed to a table laden with books by or about the president-elect. He asked a question that had also occurred to me: had I ever seen such attention given to an incoming Administration.
Even when I visited Washington, D.C. just before Bill Clinton’s first inaugural in 1993, I didn’t see as much memorabilia for the then-incoming president as I have seen this year in the Hollywood area. A nearby 7-11 advertises T-shirts with the mug of the president-elect and the date of his inaugural. Scan a newsstand and it seems more magazines today have cover stories about Obama than did about George W. Bush in 2001, Clinton in 1993, George H.W. in 1989 or even the Gipper in the last such transformational inaugural (at least we’re told this is such a swearing-in) in 1981.
I wonder if cities in “flyover” country are seeing such promotion of the Obama inaugural. Or maybe that establishments here are just playing to folks in the entertainment industry overly enthusiastic about this particular president-elect.