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We will have a woman as Vice President at around 11 am H-Town time today.  History.  We finally did it.  It took way too long. 

This is how I started my take four years ago today, on January 20, 2017:

This will be the 13th president I’ve lived through.

I woke up this morning and hoping that it was the morning of November 9 and that the past ten weeks and three days were a bad dream. Nope!

I really don’t know what to expect over the next four years other than to say most of the stuff coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will not be good.

This will now be the 14th president I’ve lived through.

The last four years were not good.  400,000 are now dead because of COVID-19. Donald Trump was weak, cowardly and ran away from making the tough decisions during this pandemic. He surrendered.

We have taken for granted the peaceful transition of power.  This transition has been anything but peaceful.  25,000 soldiers are in DC today making sure the transition of power is not threatened.  The public is not invited.  Think about that.  The public is not invited.

Commentary has been to two Presidential Inaugurations.  I went to the one in 1977 when Jimmy Carter was inaugurated and in 1993 when Bill Clinton was inaugurated.  They are as fun and celebratory as you want them to be. 

Not this one.

This tweet is making the rounds this morning:

Don’t forget to dress warm today.

It is going to be minus 45.

Funny.

Silly is about the kindest word Commentary can use to describe Republican statewide elected officials in the Lone Star State these days.  Now they are preparing to take the federal government to court.  How silly.

Remember when I said this yesterday:

(Texas Gov. Greg) Abbott is not too happy that the feds are doing background checks on National Guard folks who are part of the security force during the inauguration, just in case there are some bad apples that want to disrupt the proceedings tomorrow. Abbott tweeted this:

This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard. No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard. @TexasGuard I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC.  I’ll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.

Phony indignation if you ask Commentary. I responded to Abbott’s tweet by retweeting that security is being handled by the folks under the Trump administration.  You know, the Trump overreach thing.

They found 12 members of the guard with problems called “security liabilities” and were sent home.

Of course, our silly governor will go on get silly about something else.  His act sure is stale, and predictable. It is not in his DNA to do something for all of the public good.

We lost Valentin Jalomo to COVID-19 yesterday.  For those who don’t know Valentin by name, you know him if you watch Astros games on the flat screen or visit The Yard on a regular basis.  He was the Latino fan with the huuuuge mustache, straw hat and Astros jersey.  He would stand in the left field concourse for all home games.  He was a celebrity as you would always see fans wanting to take pictures or selfies with him before the games. 

We lost Baseball Hall of Fame great Don Sutton yesterday.  He pitched for us for a couple of years in 1981 and 1982.  Sutton made 756 career starts at pitcher, third all-time behind Cy Young and Nolan Ryan.

Don’t worry folks. We get to watch #SpringerDinger when he visits The Yard with the Blue Jays the weekend of May 7-9.  We still don’t know if fans will be able to attend by then.

Thank you, #SpringerDinger for the exciting baseball for seven seasons. Three time All Star, 174 regular season dingers, 19 post season dingers, and World Series MVP. Too bad we could not sign you. You will be missed.

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