I knew how watching the inauguration was going to affect me.
Honestly, I did.
Tissues were at the ready.
Yes, as expected, the tears rolled. I couldn't stop smiling.
My heart swelled with pride viewing the millions of people standing shoulder to shoulder at the National Mall, simply to be able to say they'd been there - Many commenting this is the first time in a very long time that they'd actually felt as though they were a part of something that included everyone, something wonderful, something big.
The one thing that really socked me into a blubbering ball, the one thing I will remember for the rest of my life as if I were still watching it happen live didn't even include President Obama.
It was simply Marine One (no longer designated as such) leaving the ground, leaving Washington for the last time - with George W. Bush aboard.
Congratulations President Obama. May God guide you and grant you the strength, wisdom and knowledge to lead us well.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009