Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Barack Obama is President of the United States of America.
In Sewanee, we watched the inauguration on the big screen with standing ovations and whooping delight. It feels great to be from this continent again. I didn't expect to be excited by the event, but I was. First, Obama became president quietly at noon, during a piece of nouveau string music with touches of the Shaker Hymn. He then spoke in a coherent way, addressing people of various religions, including nonbelievers on mostly equal footing. Thanks for the shoutout. Finally, as if to apologize for the abysmal invocation by the hula hooper who wrote the purpose driven life, a fantastic benediction was offered by Rev Joseph E. Lowery, who made me actually want to go to church. O happy day.

Good luck, Mr. President.

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