Such a week this is!
There is an undeniable excitement growing in the nation's capital as millions of people descend on it from all over the country -- even the world -- just to be a part of history as Barack Obama is sworn in.
This will be a day when strangers stop in front of televisions in malls to
watch the inauguration together. This will be a day when conversation stops
in the restaurant at noon and the waiters are asked to turn the television sound up; when we gather around sets in the office to hear the words and see the images for ourselves; when we listen to NPR in traffic, slowing down and turning up the volume to be able to soak in the words, the importance, the nuances of the event.
The swearing-in of the first African-American president is part of it, and is huge. But there is more to it, so much more. It's one of those times -- this open window between past and future -- when all things seem possible.
What most inspires you today? Do you remember feeling like this before?
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