Welcome to pomp(ousness) and circumstance.
Does President Obama really need an inauguration? Isn’t his entire presidency, in fact his entire existence, a celebration of him celebrating himself?
Given that he will say the same exact things again in a week or so at his 2013 State of the Useless address, it is unnecessary to sit through day 1,461 of the Obama 2008 Inauguration.
Here are plenty of television alternatives to aristocratic leaders with funny ears.