It is something I will always regret - not being at Obama's inauguration.
I watched it online, listened to it on NPR, came home this evening and watched the speech again. The man had only been president for a few minutes and he was already making it clear - heads are gonna roll. He very elegantly slapped Bush in the face, thanking him for his service and then continuing to to say, but we are not putting up with this BS anymore. My favorite line was that we have to "pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and get to work." It was a very serious speech. After so many years of fluff, of stuttering and stumbling, of the simplest sentence structures - we got an ear-full from a man who speaks to us with the understanding that we are intelligent people. He believes in us - and has high expectations of us. Finally we have a leader. Someone I am willing to follow. He has a big job ahead of him but he made it clear that we have responsibility in fixing the mess too.