Powerful speech--charge--by Barack Obama on this the day of his Inauguration. Delivered with authority and an uncompromising honesty about where we are and why. He didn't pump sunshine.
(Sidenote: what was the chief justice doing, screwing up the oath of office? Are you kidding me?)
But for me, even following a historic Inaugural speech, the moment of the ceremony was Rev Joseph E Lowery's invocation, spoken through the gravel of many years--part poetry, part prophecy, part humor, part call to a higher way--felt to me like an imprimatur from the men and women of the civil rights generation and movement. What a fitting culmination to this historic event.
And now God, we pray, use as a minister of your common grace, this man and his administration to bring righteousness to this nation.