I can’t believe there’s anyone who wouldn’t be insprired from Obama’s speech today. If you didn’t watch the inauguration by choice, it’s probably because you’ve got Obama tied up with suspicions of socialism or the Islam or uppitiness or something. But if you take away all that noise and just listen or read his words, I think you’d be impressed.

The overwhelming feeling is of … uh, hope. Sorry, I had to say it. And there’s also that feeling that we can be a great country again. His words also inspire you – or rather than inspire you, they allow you – to be the person you wish you could be. They make you want to work harder and give up some of your comforts to pitch in and get stuff done.

Hell, even if he marketed hope and change to win an election like Starbucks markets it to sell more coffee… you can’t take away from him that he’s new and smart and compelling, and that he might actually be qualified to do that job.

One of the best parts of the inauguration for me was the John Williams song. We sang that song – Simple Gifts – in elementary school, and I still sometimes sing it today.

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where you ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.


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