AMERICAN SONGBAG

The Associated Press
The Punahou Band and JROTC, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii, performs in President Barack Obama's inaugural parade in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, following the president's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

It was at 6:31 p.m. tonight, just before the inaugural parade ended, that the bagpipers passed the president's reviewing stand playing their oddly compelling medley of "America, the Beautiful" and "God Bless America." One wonders whether Irving Berlin ever considered what it would be like to hear his famous song in bagpipe.

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