The 9 Days of Inaug


Swearing-in Site Panoramic View

Swearing-in Site Panoramic View

So The Historic Event is almost upon us! In just 6 days, Barrack Hussein Obama will take the oath of office for the Presidency of these United States of American, upon the same Bible his idol, Abraham Lincoln did many decades ago.  What a  momentous and audacious occasion, so much so that I thought it appropriate to add a little levity in these final days.

I trust that Rev. Joseph Lowery will do the same during the swearing-in ceremony’s benediction, no doubt, with grand poetic flourish. But for those not familiar with Rev. Joe’s oratory, I thought I’d try my hand at a example of  his wicked-smart humor-wielding style.

Since last month, I’ve been thinking a rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas would work for such an exercise in Sankofa creativity. This morning I scavenged the internet to discern the significance of this age-old carol (see reference below) and find political facts to convey similar meaning in an 2008 Presidential Inaugural Ditty. Reading or singing it Johnny Carson Carnac-style (in descending order) speeds the process but misses the whole repetitive riff memorization thing.  At any rate, here goes:

Road-to-the-White-House Symbolism of The 9 Days of Inaug

On the 1st day of Inaug, Our Village gave to We, Obama Unity

Our Village refers to the global community

1 Obama Unity refers to not Red or Blue States but UNITED States

2 Twins, Yang & Yin refers to Obama Cabinet of Rivals Balancing Act (symbiotic deep experience & youthful energy)

3 3-Word Mantra refers to YES WE CAN! Obama Campaign Slogan

4 Landmark Speeches refers to Obama’s 2004 DNC, Race, 2008 DNC, 2008 Presidential Victory oratory masterpieces

5 Primaries refers to 5 states holding Democraticprimaries in May: IN, NC, WV, KY, & OR (source:

6 Bouts of Sparing refers to general election candidate match-ups – 4 debates and 2 forums (source:

7 Lands of Leaping refers to Obama’s 7-country tour spawned by McCain’s challenges to his international experience: Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Afghanistan (source:

8 Teen’s-a-crackin’ refers to August ‘08 speeches in which Sarah Palin 1st acknowledged Hillary Clinton’s 18M cracks in American’s highest glass ceiling (

9 State Conversions refers to 2004 vs. 2008 Red to Blue State General Election turnovers (source: &

In case you weren’t aware of all the religious references in the 12 Days of Christmas (I certainly wasn’t), they’re detailed below. (source:

Religious symbolism of The Twelve Days of Christmas (The 12 Days of Christmas)

1 True Love refers to God
2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed

I’d love to get your feedback, or better still, hear you sing it out to determine its auditory appeal. And if you’d like to add a few more days’ lyrics, I certainly won’t object!


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