I'm at Ground Zero, the student coffee shop for the inaugural. The Unruh Institute and Annenberg are sponsoring an event, complete with a lavish breakfast. The place is packed with students, and media too. I was just interviewed by KTLA on the great expectations facing Obama and if it was a good thing.
Just watching all the dignitaries go by. The Obama girls are so cute. Michele looked pretty regal in that yellow dress. Bush cracked us up by slapping five with some lady. Cheney getting wheeled out was far too ironic. He looked like an angry old monster who might snarl and eat children. Just wheel ol' grandpa to the back of the podium. The crowds are incredible. We can hear the cheers of "O-Ba-Ma." The camera shots showing the waves of humanity out for the inauguration is unbelievable. We just got a shot of Obama walking through the interior and the place erupted in cheers. I can't wipe the smile off my face of seeing Obama take the stage.
Sen Feinstein gave nice opening remarks, and Pastor Rick Warren gave a moving benediction. Aretha is belting out "My Country tis of thee," too cool.
Biden was just sworn in, now the composition by USC alum John Williams being performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Yitzhak Pearlman. It's a nice, uplifting piece, and it's fun to watch Yo-Yo Ma and Yitzhak Pearlman go back-and-forth in dueling strings.
The place just erupted for Obama's swearing in. Nice job flubbing the swearing in, Judge Roberts. He seemed so ready to get through the swearing in that he was jumping past Roberts. Obama's address is wonderful. His words are heady and profound. Okay, I'm getting chills. His clarion call for action is what we need. "The world has changed and we must change with it."
Rev Lowery's benediction was great, "let yellow be mellow! Let red get ahead!" Too funny. The final "Star-spangled banner" was moving. Everyone stood in silence. It was also moving to see Obama and his wife mouthing the words. Of course, I screamed "O!"
My G-d, this is a dream. Let the new era begin. A nice piece by Richard Cohen on the challenges we face. I have hope that we can face them.