By Max Udargo | January 20, 2009
I really enjoyed watching Obama’s inauguration this morning. It was a great moment in American history, and I was moved and inspired. His speech was excellent. He said a lot of things I wanted to hear, and I was delighted that he included non-believers among his examples of the diverse creeds found in America. There was a shout-out to science, and an affirmation that our core principles must be respected and preserved even when they might make us vulnerable to those who would exploit freedom and openness to do us harm. It was all very uplifting and refreshing.
However, and I know this probably doesn’t speak well of me, the sweetest moment of all was watching George W. Bush climb on board that helicopter and watching the Obamas and the Bidens wave goodbye from the Capitol steps as the helicopter took off and flew into the distance. I waved with them. Goodbye, George, and good riddance.
It was that moment when I really felt it. It’s finally over. The nightmare is finally over. What a relief.