It’s only because some mainstream media gave Yo-Yo Ma a caring and forgiving shoulder to cry on, including CNN complaining of the inaugural’s “bitter cold,” that we remind folks that several thousand music makers (and many others) performed live without complaint during President Obama’s Inauguration.
Yo-Yo Ma and his fellow musicians planned in advance for the cold. They were sitting in a heated area with a digital recording of their music ready to go.
The title prima donna seems well earned?
The Manning High School Band from South Carolina played live for the inauguration.
Above: The Virginia Military Institute’s (VMI) band practices before the inauguration. Alexa Tarbona, the first female drum major of the Virginia Military Institute’s Regimental Band, leads the band onto the parade grounds. The band marched in the inaugural parade in the bitter cold on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 100 years after their first inaugural appearance for President William Howard Taft’s swearing-in parade. (Pat Jarrett/The News Leader, SC)
The Mountain Ridge High School band played live. And they have no cold experiece because they represent Glendale near Tucson, Arizona.
Even Barack Obama’s own High School band, from Punahou High School in Hawaii, played live. I’ll bet they were cold.
Every band of the Armed Services played live: The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps bands.
In fact, some 13,000 (maybe more) marchers, twirlers, drum majors, cheer leaders in mini-skirts, musicians and honor guards braved the cold. Plus police, escorts, and the massive audience. Some were in the cold for many hours.
Poor Yo-Yo Ma and his fellows. They we electrically heated and digitally mastered for the inauguration. They were in what CNN called “bitter cold.” So it was O.K. for Yo-Yo Ma to pull a fast one….
And Americans weren’t told until it was all over…..
Yo-Yo should re-read the “We the people” part; and the part about “All men are created equal…”
Violinist Itzahk Perlman, left, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform in the bitter cold during the inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)