Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Yes We Did!

Of course my worrying yesterday was for naught. All went well. Obama gave a beautiful speech after taking the inaugural oath.

My new concern is trying to tune out the fake outrage from the wingnuts. A few (and I hope they are a fringe) believe that Obama is not president because Chief Justice John Roberts tripped up the oath. Luckily the Twentieth Amendment clearly states "The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January... and the terms of their successors shall then begin." But the Constitution won't necessarily stop somebody from believing what they want to believe.

We can also expect plenty of jokes about Democratic Senator and former klansman Robert Byrd witnessing the inauguration of our first black president and then promptly collapsing. Except it was Sen. Edward Kennedy who collapsed not Byrd. Whatever.

I get the feeling that the next four years will be full of these small but necessary corrections. The biggest challenge for Obama, however, is living up to our expectations.

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