It’s hard to say which is the weightier duty -- selecting a theme for the presidential inauguration or for the Rose Parade.
Both rites of the new year have announced their operating principle for 2013. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) did the honors Thursday, as chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC for you insiders). The Tournament of Roses people named their 2013 parade just days after the 2012 march down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.
The key to naming such grand events seems to be as broad, patriotic and hopeful as possible. It turns out, there’s not much to distinguish between some Rose Parade and inaugural themes.
One difference: The Tournament of Roses tradition goes back about a century, while the inaugural commission's website indicates that there were themes for only the most recent inaugurals -- in 2005, for President George W. Bush and in 2009 for incoming President Obama, as well as the just-selected 2013 theme.
A Politics Now puzzler: Can you match the theme with the correct event? (Answers at bottom of this post.)
1) "Fabric of America"
2) "A New Birth of Freedom"
3) "A Vision of America"
4) "Victory, Unity and Peace"
5) "Faith in America’s Future"
6) "Symbols of Freedom"
A) 1964 Rose Parade
B) 2009 Obama inaugural
C) 2005 Bush inaugural
D) 1946 Rose Parade
E) 2013 Obama inaugural
F) 2001 Rose Parade
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Answers to quiz: 1-F, 2-B, 3-C, 4-D, 5-E, 6-A