Sunday, January 20, 2013

2001: A presidential odyssy

"Flip through the 102-page official souvenir program from the 1901 inauguration of President McKinley and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, with a feature on the American Graphophone Co,. and ads for The Evening Star, The Washington Post, Georgetown University and the Barber Asphalt Paving Company ("Washington's Smooth Streets"). The program includes predictions about the 2001 inauguration: A president from the state of Ontario is inaugurated in an enormous Crystal Auditorium. The inaugural parade is 36 miles long, and features "aerialautos" and "a volley of electrical bombs." And the country has 336 Senators, and both a Supreme Court and Vice Supreme Court."

TY Abba!  Wow, the Union includes cities such as Manila, Rio, Montreal, Mexico City and Santiago de Chile.  Speaks to the expanding America of the day under Prez McKinley....

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