Matt F and Darren were astonished by Obama and his speech. First, Matt F says:
I got chills. That's our President now, and one everyone can be proud of.Then Darren adds:
This is "ask not" plus "the only thing we have to fear" times 10.Jesse was moved by a profound interaction between Obama and a soldier:
This is what I voted for.
Something about that moment - realizing the responsibilities and the duties that he has assumed; seeing that this human being whom we have become intimately familiar with over these past few years is now at once the President, the Commander-in-Chief, and yet still Barack Hussein Obama, professor, author, organizer, husband to Michelle and father to Malia and Sasha - something about that moment got me more than any speech, prayer, performance, or image of the day.Yet, several of the comments surrounded the theme of renewal, a fresh start for the nation. From A Faithful Reader:
A new beginning! All things are new again. For me hope returned to our people.Adds Tripp, regarding his one year old child:
My little one year old boy is growing up in an America more beautiful than the one I was born into.The inauguration of Obama represents American strength and ingenuity. From Charlottesville Fan:
When a nation sets it's eyes on change, it can be done.Importantly, we were all proud of inaugurating our first African-American President. According to JCWhite we have much to be proud of, but he says this well:
We have moved from "Yes we can" to "Yes we did" on to "Yes we will."
Today, I watched as Americans of all nationalities, cultures, religious backgrounds came together to show their support for this nations first African-American President. I shared their tears of joy, and their sense of pride as President Obama gave his first speech.Despite a bad day in D.C. and some quibbles with the inaugural event, Roland the HTG says:
That said, the spectacle was truly something. The impact this day had on so many ordinary, hard-working people should never be forgotten, and never be diminished. Despite my displeasure with certain aspects of the ceremony, the fact that it was being held for a black man truly is a wondrous thing.Last but certainly not least, Kent H, while also proud of the inauguration, finds beauty in our democratic process:
Today was a good day --inaugurations are. No one transfers so much power with so little tension. May we pray now that the days following this one will be good as well.