Sen. Chuck Schumer “Admires” Beyonce at Inauguration
Washington — For years, detractors of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer have joked that the most dangerous place in Washington is between New York’s senior senator and a camera.
So perhaps it’s no surprise that Schumer, D-N.Y., is the subject of much teasing today for his role in overseeing Monday’s 57th Presidential Inauguration at the Capitol.
As chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Schumer gave the opening speech, served as the MC of the event, and stayed close by the side of the First Family.
Schumer’s high visibility prompted the Huffington Post comedy section to declare:“Chuck Schumer Photobombs The Oath of Office.” HuffPo published a photo of the president taking the oath, with a smiling Schumer appearing between Sasha and Malia Obama.
“Clearly, inauguration day belonged to Chuck Schumer,” the Huffington Post reported.
The Atlantic Wire took the photobomb analysis deeper, exploring “the evolution of the Chuck Schumer photobomb meme.” It published a series of photos from Reuters to illustrate that you can see Schumer “smiling behind Malia Obama, realize he’d been caught, and then try to hide behind Malia again.”
Meanwhile, the New York Daily News called Schumer “America’s most unlikely Kelly Clarkson fan” for his reaction after her performance from the inaugural platform. When Clarkson finished, Schumer simply said, “Wow,” before continuing with the program.
In his chairman’s role, Schumer put a New York stamp on the event, from the selection of the entertainment to the food.
But the good-natured teasing stopped when an angry chef complained that Schumer should have served Long Island duck at the inaugural luncheon following the swearing-in ceremony. The luncheon featured South Dakota bison.
“We were going to have Long Island duck,’’ Schumer told The New York Times.“The duck was very good, but the preparation wasn’t great. We settled on South Dakota bison. When New York gets good bison, we’ll have that.’’
On a serious note, four wounded soldiers from Fort Drum near Watertown were among those invited to the Capitol for President Obama’s second inauguration. Specialist Jacob Owens spoke with National Public Radio about the president’s speech. Owens is recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington.