Hope, and hats, spring eternal in D.C.

So far, we haven't sighted Barack Obama wearing a brand-new Stetson during the inaugural festivities, but hope springs eternal.

On Saturday, Josh Shayne, a 25-year-old Boulder-based filmmaker (he moved back home with his parents after NYU film school, an act of desperation he documents in the web production Lowered Expectations), flew to Philadelphia, hoping to deliver a hat specially made by the Stetson company to the president-elect, and then convince Obama to wear it to his inauguration on behalf of the Hats Off for Cancer charity.

Given the ribbing Ken Salazar took after he wore a cowboy hat to Obama's announcement that he'd picked the Colorado senator as his Secretary of the Interior, Shayne's got a tough task ahead of him, even though this hat is far from a ten-gallon model. You can order your Presidential Pinnacle  (and see Shayne's hilarious film on presidential hats) here; follow Shayne's progress -- or lack thereof -- in D.C. at
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