The Inaugural ceremony of President Barack Obama on January 20 had the world talking — about the official oath of office, the President’s Inaugural address, the record breaking attendance, the adorable First Family, Aretha Franklin’s gospel-infused rendition of the anthem “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” and “the hat.”
The Smithsonian Institution has now asked Franklin if she will donate the now iconic Inaugural hat to the museum to become a part of an exhibit of President Obama’s Inauguration, joining other items scheduled for display including First Lady Michelle Obama’s Inaugural night gown.
Commenting on the Smithsonian’s request, Franklin says, “I am considering it. It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history. I would like to smile every time I look back at it and remember what a great moment it was in American and African-American history. Ten cheers for President Obama.”