The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, gave the Benediction at President Obama's swearing-in yesterday. A cute little 87-year-old grandpa, with funky facial hair, and vocal chords that have been lost to history.
The Scribe Family felt a tad like they were in church. In a Hard Rock, Southern Baptist kinda way.
That is until this sprang from the grizzled old man's gravelly gullet, toward the end of the prayer:
Lord, in the memory of all the saints
who from their labors rest,
and in the joy of a new beginning,
we ask you to help us work for that day
when black will not be asked to get in back...
when brown can stick around...
when yellow will be mellow...
when the red man can get ahead, man...
and when white will embrace what is right.
That all those who do justice and love mercy say, "Amen."
And the crowd did. Do you think Dubya was looking for Divine Intervention in the snap above? And Laura, who usually is so gracious & sweet, looks downright perturbed.