Can we find a link between the inauguration and “SJI”? Yes we can!
Ahem. Anyway, you will recall that in many versions of the tune, the singer requests that before burial he be dressed in, among other sartorial requests, a Stetson hat. If you don’t recall that, here’s an earlier post, also noting the pivotal role of a Stetson in “Stagolee.”
Stetson is still around of course, even if that style of hat is no longer quite so widely worn — supposedly the hat-wearing habits of male professionals nose-dived after JFK’s hat-free inaugural speech. Whether or not that’s true, Stetson is keying of Obama-mania with its new collection: The Presidential Hat. More to the point, the company is apparently behind this site: www.hatforobama.com.
The Denver-based company says it will dispatch a writer/director named Josh Shayne to Washington for the inauguration on Tuesday, where he will “attempt to hand-deliver this Stetson hat to Obama with the hope that he will wear it,” according to the press release.
Good luck with that.