Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

Well, it's official: Barack Obama is now our nation's 44th President. It's been quite a day: Full of festivities, fun, and most of all, hope. This really does represent a turning point in America's history: The beginning of a new era. Americans joined together in celebration today as we inaugurated a new President. We can only hope that he will serve us to the best of his abilities, and send us in a new, better direction.

One thing that really struck me about the inauguration, actually, was a performance conducted right before Obama's swearing-in: The performance of a new orchestral piece by John Williams called Air and Simple Gifts. It was performed by a star-studded quartet that included Itzhak Perlman on violin and Yo-Yo Ma on cello (in addition to a clarinetist and a pianist whose names escape me.) It was really quite magical. Watch:

In addition, if you haven't already, check out Mr. Obama's Inauguration Address. It's really a great speech.

1 comment:

Mike (you know who I am) said...

It's a great speech, however check out the daily show (1/20) They put Obama's speech next to some of Bush's speeches over the past 4 years and some of the words match up exactly.