Front and Center | Bleader

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Front and Center

Posted By on 01.20.09 at 06:04 PM

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

So I'm watching the parade of Bushes, Clintons, and Obamas filing though the Capitol just before the inauguration.

As they make their way down the steps toward their seats near the podium, who do I see inching forward, his hand outstretched looking for a shake? Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.!

I'm watching him giving hugs and kisses to all the big shots--the guy's getting more camera time than Tom Brokaw. As far as I can tell, he's the only member of the Illinois congressional delegation anywhere near the podium--former congressman Rahm Emanuel doesn't count because he's up there as Obama's chief of staff.

I call Jackson's cell phone eager to find out how he managed to get such a good spot. But the old number's been routed to his congressional office, which is closed for the day.

I sit back to watch President Obama's speech, and who do I see over the president's shoulder? Roland Burris. As in the junior senator from Illinois. Like Jackson, he managed to finagle his way into a prime spot on the center stage for this historic occasion.

There were no Burris hugs on camera.

Only Governor Blagojevich was missing.

Tags: , , , , ,

Comments (15)

Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

More by Ben Joravsky

  • Listen to <em>The Ben&nbsp;Joravsky Show</em>

    Listen to The Ben Joravsky Show

    The Ben Joravsky Show is streamed Tuesdays through Fridays between 1 and 3 PM and airs live on the Chicago Reader and Sun-Times websites. It is also being released as a podcast each day after the live taping.
    • Oct 18, 2019
  • The show goes on

    The show goes on

    One era ends and another begins for our beloved First Tuesdays.
    • Oct 16, 2019
  • Size matters

    Size matters

    Chicago teachers have almost no relief for overcrowded classrooms.
    • Oct 9, 2019
  • More »

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Manic Mondays Frances Cocktail Lounge
November 20
Music
October 21

Tabbed Event Search

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories