Thanks to Christianity Today for this video of Gene's invocation at the "We Are One" Concert yesterday on the steps of the Lincoln Monument.
Apparently, HBO is denying responsibility for it and a buzz about this topic has already started on NPR. It's being reported that those near the podium could hear it fine, but those with places further away didn't hear it until about half-way through.
Based on the comments on several of the blogs, there's lots of unhappiness about this - and rightly so. Predictably, lots of fingers are being pointed. HBO says that Team-Obama decided that the prayer was 'pre-show'. Hmmmm . . . .
You know, I'm thinking that +Gene's prayer will get more attention because it wasn't widely heard than if it had been. Woops! There goes that theory, right?
Hopefully, we'll get an 'official' explanation. An apology would be great, but I'm not holding my breath.
Until then, enjoy this.
And, catch up on ALL the dish at Episcopal Cafe.
Check out this story at The Huffington Post.
Here's the money quote from the Presidential Inauguration Team:
"We had always intended and planned for Rt. Rev. Robinson's invocation to be included in the televised portion of yesterday's program. We regret the error in executing this plan - but are gratified that hundreds of thousands of people who gathered on the mall heard his eloquent prayer for our nation that was a fitting start to our event." -- PIC communications director Josh Earnest.
Welcome to Washington, kids. Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy ride. The good news is that the boys and girls on Team Obama have a much better idea of who they are working with. The LGBT community also knows how to say "Yes We Can."