I cried when Rick Warren gave the invocation at Obama's inauguration today. I wanted to be there. The classical music piece, "Air and Simple Gifts," composed by John Williams, was just beautiful and so very fitting.
I let my class out so they could go listen to the inauguration. I told them it was a historic event, and I thought they should see it.
Historians and critics claimed that Obama's speech was almost scolding in nature, as though he were a father talking to his children. I agree. Obama strikes a fatherly chord that I have not detected in any other President during my lifetime. It is wonderful. It is what we need. A true leader who cares for his people, who scolds us when we need it and who pats us on the back when we deserve it. (We haven't been patted yet because we don't deserve it!)
My favorite phrase was "...know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy." Build, Obama, Build!
I am proud to be an American. I am hopeful for our future. Today is a glorious day!