What I really don't know -- except that it looks too sappy when I type it out -- is what my mother would be saying about all this.
Mom was a moderate Republican, and deeply distrustful of both the mainstream media and cults of personality -- but I think that even she would have been moved and inspired by what's happening today, would have seen the hope and the promise and the sincere goodwill pouring out for the Obamas and this country. I missed her so much during the election campaign, and I miss her even more today. I wish she could have lived to see this, just so I could argue with her about it.
No matter what your political views, you have to see today as a triumph of the American system, of the promise that opportunity is available to everyone, even the son of an African goatherd.
For some weird reason I've had this in my head for the last 24 hours, so I'll post it here, and we can all sing along. Happy Inauguration Day, everybody, and God bless America.