Erik Larson

Jan 20, 2009

Inauguration Day 2009

President Barack Hussein Obama. Congratulations! My wife and I watched the inauguration with the unmistakeable sense of significance , that something significant was unfolding in front of us. Years from now, people will ask each other what they were doing on this inauguration day. It’s a distinctively American moment, full of meaning and purpose and emotion that wells up out of our unique and sometimes painful and even at times tragic past. But always, in this continuing American narrative, there is an ineradicable optimism, a deep well of hope for a better tomorrow. This our President Obama expressed in words today, and symbolized in his person and in the office that he now holds. Congratulations.