Give Up the Hat-

Aretha Franklin during the presidential inauguration.

People are still going on about that hat Aretha Franklin wore to the presidential inauguration.  A Facebook page created in honor of the gray, crystal-trimmed head covering has 90,000 friends and now the Smithsonian Institution has asked for it. But the Queen of Soul hasn't made up her mind whether she will hand it over. The nerve....

“I am considering it. It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history. I would like to smile every time I look back at it and remember what a great moment it was in American and African-American history. Ten Cheers for President Obama,” Franklin said in a statement.

Let's hope she changes her mind. That hat's not made to be on a shelf somewhere. It deserves to be shared with the rest of the world. It would be the queenly thing to do, don't you think?