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Minnesotans add light-hearted self-promotion to inaugural festivities

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Minnesotans were part of the celebration in Washington as the country installed President Obama for a second term.

In a couple of cases, Minnesotans used self-promotion to add a little levity to a serious occasion. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar capped a television interview with a pair of CBS news analysts by alerting them that they'd soon be seeing the Fergus Falls High School marching band in the inaugural parade. "When they go by," the Senator admonished her hosts, "I expect you to say 'Wow, that is the best band in the country.'"

Another member of Minnesota's delegation found a wordless way to draw attention. Congressman Collin Peterson had what turned out to be a prime spot for grabbing camera time, positioned as he was in front of rapper Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce, who sang the national anthem at the ceremony. Peterson was almost certainly the only person in the crowd of 700,000 wearing a cap emblazoned with the words, Ponemah, Minn. The town of 724 is on the shore of Red Lake.

Of course, the day also included a major speech by President Obama. The spouses of Minnesota's Senators, both of whom are Democrats, told MinnPosts's Washington correspondent they're excited about what might be accomplished during the president's second term.

As for Obama's speech, analysts described it as more liberal and partisan than his first inaugural address. University of Minnesota political expert Larry Jacobs told USA Today the president's recognition of deep, unbridgeable partisan differences was a contrast to his post-partisan tone of four years ago.

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