I spent the morning at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, watching the inauguration on a very large screen in an auditorium on campus.

Watching the pre-inaugural activities, I was a little lost for words. Others, not so much. When asked for her feelings about the day, Cicely Tyson said:

“I couldn’t be more gloriously wonderful!”

Nice!

crowd1I’m just stunned by the numbers of people who are present in Washington. The scene from on top of the Capital Building looking east across the Mall is amazing. Flags waving, babies, small children, black, white, old, young. Wow!

One of CBS’s talking heads:

“The star of the show is the wide shot.”

I agree. The pictures of the crowd are so emblematic of the United States, of democracy, of the change in culture.

What stood out for me?swearing-in

The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

We know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.

We gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

I also liked Obama’s use of George Washington’s December 1776 quote:

“Let it be told to the future world … that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive… that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet it.”

An amazing day.

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