Yes you can (watch history happen)!
Remember back on November 4th, when there was that historic election in which Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States? Well, that decision is finally paying its dividends today, as he gets sworn in at 11:30 am EST on Capitol Hill (where America happens, and which Tony and I saw the inchoate beginnings of the inauguration stage and hoo ha, all the way back in November). Everyone knows that Tuesday is a slack day, so even if you aren't out in Washington, D.C., (and who could blame you when a single night in a hotel in the area is setting people back my month's rent (and that's just for the cheap seats)!), you can still watch the festivities online; I'll be tuning in to CNN's coverage. I suppose that every day, history happens, it's just that some parts of history will be better remembered than others, and I promise you this will be one of them. I mean, come on! He's gonna get sworn in using the same bible the Abraham Lincoln used... No one's ever done that before! That's what all this hubub is about, right?
And if you are in D.C., let Obamania reign supreme! Head over to Asia Nine, won't you, and have the Lame Duck sushi roll in honor of Dubya. Apparently George W has never been so sweet... or spicy! Personally, all the way out here in Nashville, I think I'm gonna celebrate with an Inauguration Partini (recipe below)... has American politics ever tasted so sweet?
1 part Grey Goose Le Citron flavored vodka
Sweet taste of liberty! Hope it doesn't taste like pennies...
½ part Mandarin Napoleon
½ part honey
¾ part hot water
½ part lemon
½ part orange juice
Pinch of star anise powder
1 star anise
In a cocktail shaker, place the honey and hot water; stir to dissolve. Add Le Citron, Mandarin Napoleon, lemon juice, orange juice and star anise powder. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Garnish with star anise and relish with pride.