Hat Parade on the Hill

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I’ve become like those obnoxious gossip columnists who pat themselves on the back every time they get something right. Forewarned is forearmed, right?

O.K., President Obama didn’t sport a topper and neither did Mrs. Obama, but nearly every one of the million people who gathered in Washington D.C. today for the Inauguration was wearing a hat.

Last year, I made a bold forecast of a millinery revival in 2009.

Back in August, I also predicted extremely cold weather this winter after Pluto moved into Capricorn. Well, most of the Northeast and the Midwest has been in a deep freeze, and guess what? Folks are wearing hats!

My nomination for the best hat on the Hill today goes to Aretha Franklin, who sang God Bless America. Hallelujah for hats, I say!

Here’s a photo of Aretha in her hat, courtesy of http://www.nola.com, and a nice one of Ted Kennedy, courtesy of AFP.

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Look Ma, No Hat!

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If you’re following the comments today, you’ll see that Aaron has pointed out that John F. Kennedy wore a hat to his Inauguration. Indeed, he did. But JFK took off his top hat shortly after his arrival on the White House steps.

He gave his famous Inaugural speech — “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country — without a hat, as the picture above from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. demonstrates.

I’ve tweaked my previous post so it reads that JFK delivered his speech bareheaded. Hats off to you, Aaron, for clearing up this issue!

Hold on to Your Hats!

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This isn’t the time to discuss the relative merits of FDR’s New Deal and fears of another Great Depression in this country. There will be plenty of time for that after the Inauguration. What strikes me about this caricature of Barack Obama as FDR on the cover of this week’s Time magazine is that he’s wearing a hat.

President John F. Kennedy sounded the death knell for hatmakers by not wearing one during his Inaugural address in 1961. What if Barack shows up wearing a topper on Jan. 20? Happy Hat Days could be here again. Hats off to a hat revival, I say!