I enjoyed the afternoon but was a little disappointed with Obama's speech. I thought he said all the right things. I liked it. But I don't think, unlike his race speech, that this was a speech for the ages. Oh well.
[update: John Dickerson at Slate.com agrees with me.]
I wonder when right-wing conspiracy theorists will question Obama's legitimacy (since I guess the supposed no-birth-certificate thing is played out) because, thanks to the Chief Justice's blunder, Obama never actually did say the oath of office with the correct words in order: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." But it was pretty clear from watching that Obama knew the words and was giving Roberts time to correct himself.
[update: Here's the Times story on the matter]
But don't worry; Obama is still President!
My favorite moments?
Obama tacking on "non-believers" after the list of religions that together make up America.
Obama saying, "We will restore science to its rightful place." It's nice to move on from the Scopes Trial of 1926. It's a shame that in 2009 we still have to.
But really, I loved Joseph Lowery ending it all on a lighter note with a retro 1960's cadence:
"We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right." Amen.
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