So Aretha Franklin disappointed me when she didn’t sing “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” at President Barack Obama’s inauguration and Joe Biden didn’t have a faux pas while taking his oath. Obama provided further proof that he is indeed perfect when he managed to gracefully correct Chief Justice John Roberts who successfully botched up the words of the presidential oath. But the star of the inauguration ceremony was undoubtedly Rev. Joseph Lowery, who warmed the cockles of hearts around the world with these fantastic internal rhymes:

“We ask you to help us work for that day

when black will not be asked to give 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.”

In a perfect world, these words would show up as lyrics for Kanye West‘s next single.

Then again, when you have ads like the one below, there is still hope. And if not hope, at least there are giggles.


8 thoughts on “Rhyme Scheme

  1. Jude, what a fun, as they say in my neck of the woods. =D I love “when the red man can get ahead man”. 😀

    Coffee, it was actually pretty comme ci comme ca to me. For one thing, Obama’s speech didn’t make anyone I know cry (and that’s a first). Wait… you are talking about watching it on tv, right? Because if you were invited to the inauguration ceremony and after party, then, well… I feel a little dizzy. *swoons

  2. that’s awesome 😆

    and i agree about the rhymes being the highlight. that and bill clinton’s hair, as always. Okay Obama was alright too 😉 but yes thank you mad, i thought the trumpets sounded a bit off too.

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