Forget Aretha! Scalia’s hat draws attention at inauguration

January 21, 2013

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Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Antonin Scalia listen to the National Anthem during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol.

Hats off to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia!

Four years after Aretha Franklin’s headpiece stole the Inauguration Day show, Scalia got Twitter users talking with the hashtag #ScaliaWeirdHat.

Leading the charge: Senator Claire McCaskill.

What’s the story behind the headpiece?

It’s a gift from the St. Thomas More Society of Richmond, Va, according to University of Richmond Law professor Kevin Walsh. he wrote it was given to Scalia as a memento for his participation in one of their events. ”The hat is a custom-made replica of the hat depicted in Holbein’s famous portrait of St. Thomas More.”

But that explanation didn’t stop others from speculating more humorous answers. 


Tell us in the comments: What did Scalia’s hat remind you of?

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