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The ‘President’s Announcer,’ Back for His 16th Parade

Posted on 01/16/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsYou can forgive Charlie Brotman for not remembering much about the first inaugural parade he worked as an announcer. It was 64 years ago. Brotman was studying at the National Academy of Broadcasting in Washington, D.C., when President Truman’s aides came looking for free labor to help with the 1949 parade. Brotman, now 85, has been the official announcer for every inaugural parade but one since then. He didn’t man the microphone for President Dwight Eisenhower’s first parade in 1953, …