A Very “Star Wars” Inauguration & Al Roker's Scoop

You witnessed Obama’s inaugural speech. You watched the parade. But did you see Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s tweets?

Here are three more riveting stories that slipped through the cracks on Inauguration Day: 

President Barack Obama can boast another new title: Jedi Knight.

That’s how Bishop T.D. Jakes, a senior pastor from Dallas, addressed Obama during a church service at St. John's Episcopal Church ahead of Obama’s swearing-in.

"I say to you as my son who is here today, my 14-year-old son -- he probably would not quote Scripture,” the Washington Post reported Jakes said while looking at Obama. 

“He probably would use Star Trek instead,” Jakes continued.  “And so I say, 'May the force be with you.' "

Of course, the good pastor probably did not realize that he had mixed-up his Star Trek and Star Wars galaxies.

Quite illogical, as Spock would say. 

Anyway, as it turned out the force really was with Obama on Inauguration Day.

How could it not be with Star Wars composer John Williams there on hand to provide the soundtrack?

Roker Claims First Obama Interview

Al Roker was determined to capture Barack Obama’s first post-inaugural interview as the president and first lady paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

“Come over here,” the NBC Today Show host shouted at Obama from behind a rope line.

Earlier, Roker had said on air that he fully expected Obama to ignore him as he passed.

“And then you will make fun of me for being blown off by the 44th president of the United States,” he had told newsman Brian Williams.

So when that moment arrived, MSNBC went into split-screen mode to fully capture Roker’s embarrassment.

“It’s warm,” President Obama told the weatherman as he passed.    

 The more things change…

The former-president made news himself today.  

It seems that folly has followed George W. Bush all the way back to Dallas, where he is set to hang his spurs at his new presidential library and museum.

A North Carolina man is now $35,000 richer thanks to a few Bush advisers who allowed his library's Web site address expire.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Tuesday that Web developer George Huger was searching through a list of expiring domain names two years ago when he noticed a treasure. The Web address www.GeorgeWBushLibrary.com was about to expire.

He bought the rights for $5. Huger said he recently sold them for $35,000 to Florida-based Yuma Solutions, which the Bush Library Foundation said is in charge of Web site care. Company owner Mark Mills didn't return the newspaper's calls.

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