Inauguration 2009: The Orange Cat Conspiracy?

January 21, 2009 by
Filed under: Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint Magic 

I suspect I speak for many white liberals when I say I thoroughly enjoyed Reverend Joseph Lowery’s benediction yesterday. That is, except for one part:

“… help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right.”

No, I am not the least bit perturbed about his admonishment to white people. We as a group deserve it and I am more than happy to “take one for the team”. Rather, the fly in my proverbial ointment is this:

What about the orange?


As many of you are aware I posted the above photograph with one of my favorite memorable quotes from Gerald Ford (though to be frank, there really are not too many to choose from) yesterday. I was fascinated by my cat Bodhi’s interest in Barack Obama’s speech. Perhaps this little guy is more politically, historically* and socially aware than I thought?

Anyhoo, a couple readers found the above image amusing as well. Rowan writes:

historic moment aside, that is a superb “reflection” shot. it looks like Bodhi is floating near Obama’s shoulder, like some kind of orange feline guardian angel.

Al Oof adds:

yes, i’m into the cat on obama’s shoulder shot too.

Feeling loquacious I replied:

It is a little known fact that Bodhi (an orange tabby from Greenpoint, Brooklyn) is Mr. Obama’s speech writer. In this capacity he demanded to be on hand to make sure things went along smoothly. And they did.

Now that I have let one secret slip I might as well to let you in on another: orange cats in Greenpoint seem to have taken an inordinate interest in Barack Obama being inugurated as the 44th President of the United States.


Shortly after uploading my photograph of Bodhi I discovered this image from one of my Flickr buddies, Mihow.


When I logged onto Flickr today this item from Orange Genius was awaiting my viewing pleasure with the following  remark (dare?):

OK ladies, I see your orange tabbies and I raise you an orange tabby. This is the real orange Genius, catching up on the news after the inauguration.

Mere coincidence or a sign of things to come? In the name of scientific research I have erected a Flickr group dedicated to this phenomenon. Did your feline take an inordinate interest in Barack Obama’s inauguration? Do you have photographic documentation? If so, please add your kitty (cats of all colors, breeds and locations are welcome) to this pool.

Your urgent attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.

Miss Heather

*His particular interest in the end of Barack’s speech (when he invokes Tom Paine’s Common Sense) would certainly seem to indicate this.


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