My sense of hometown pride really kicked in during the inauguration this week when two products of my beloved (yet rusty and snowbound) home state of Michigan's own Motor City made outstanding contributions to the inaugural events.
First shout out goes to Cadillac Motor Car Division for the new 2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine, officially referred to as "Cadillac One" but already aptly nicknamed "The Beast". Built on a truck chassis and reportedly diesel powered, this one off vehicle is fully armored, can fight off chemical gas attacks and has world class satellite communications. And not bad looking considering it's really a tank with a Cadillac grille:
But alas, this wonder of modern bombproof black lacquered technology has been upstaged by a hat. A real Detroit hat, from an honest to God Millinery Shop. Custom made for her by Luke Song of Mr. Song Millinery Shop downtown. Did you know there still are Millinery Shops? And worn by none other than the Queen Of Soul, our own Aretha Franklin. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Hat Heard Round the World.
Kudos to Aretha for making Inauguration Day into "Say Something Hat Day" as well. Motown wheels, Motown Sounds, Motown Style- now that's how to launch a Presidency.