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Imagining the Inaugural  By GAIL COLLINS Published: January 16, 2009 Right now you may be asking yourself: How am I going to celebrate  Barack Obama’s inauguration?    Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Gail Collins Go to Columnist Page »   Related The Conversation: A Great Big Bipartisan Love Fest  (January 15, 2009)  Readers' Comments Readers shared their thoughts on this article. Read All Comments (157) » You may, of course, have something else on your mind entirely.  Like what the chances are that the next time you get on a plane, geese  could fly into both engines. Or what the heck geese are doing in New  York in the middle of winter when their relatives who worked hard  and played by the rules had all gone south months ago. Or you may just be wondering how that rescue in the Hudson River  would have gone if it had been led off by the Department of  Homeland Security rather than New York Waterway’s director of ferry  operations.
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I can’t help you, people. Today I am on inauguration duty.  While there is some debate about the best inaugural address in  history, it’s pretty clear that the worst was the one delivered by  William Henry Harrison, who went thwacking through a tangled  thicket of classical allusions for an hour and 45 minutes. (Harrison’s 
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