4:49am I’m going to go grab a few hours of shut-eye before work. HAPPY INAUGURATION DAY everyone. The future begins now. 4:44am Watching people milling is not the most thrilling thing. 4:41am Bye Bye Bush!!! 4:40am I love the American national anthem. 4:36am Where is Sasha? Is she not there? 4:35am “As we leave the mountaintop…” 4:34am I love the notion of “a more perfect union”… that idea that the process of refinement is unending, and there are always improvements to be made. 4:33am I wonder if Joseph E Lowery ever thought he would see this day. It’s hard to imagine the length and the breadth of their struggle. Truly humbling. 4:30am My waffle was awesome. With cream, blueberries and raspberries on top (Red, White and Blue, of course) 4:29am Honestly, not super impressed with this performance of poetry, but I guess she’d be nervous. 4:27am Sorry, PRESIDENT Obama kicks arse. 4:25am Obama kicks arse. 4:23am “Those values upon which our success depend… these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.” 4:22am It is a moment that will define a generation. “It is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people on which this country lies” 4:21am HE TALKED ABOUT WATER. Very briefly, but it’s nice that the importance of clean water was mentioned. 4:20am Know that your people will judge you on what you have built, not what you have destroyed. 4:20am This just keeps getting better. I like what he’s saying about foreign policy. 4:16am I like what Obama is saying about the need for effective government. And the need for market controls. 4:14am Obama’s speech is fairly wonderful. As are my inauguration waffles. 4:10am He being the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. 4:09am I like that he is so open about the challenges he faces. He treats the audience as adults 4:08am Was there ever a more presidential-looking president? 4:07am Michelle looked so very proud 4:06am CONGRATULATIONS MR PRESIDENT 4:06am CUTE little mistake there- somebody was nervous! 4:03am From Talking Point Memo: “I think there are some moments for which the only fitting commentary is silence.” 4:00am Wow. Yo-Yo Ma et al are performing a piece written especially for the occasion by John Williams. 1) it is very moving. 2) how do their hands still move so quickly in the cold. 3:54am Awwwwwe, I sometimes forget how much I like Joe Biden. 3:53am My Country Tis of Thee!! It’s my favourite! I used to look up the lyrics in our hymn book at Salmon Creek Baptist Church every Sunday morning. 3:47am Time for waffles, methinks. 3:46am- MINUTES left of Bush’s presidency. MINUTES. He has been president my whole adult life. What will it be like? 3:45am I think they should have ME doing the commentary, I’d be far more interesting. 3:43am Tears!!! I knew I wouldn’t last long. I just can’t believe this is real! 3:40am I like Nancy Pelosi’s purple outfit. She looks like the cat that swallowed the cream (is that the phrase?) 3:39am Oh, he looks SO HANDSOME! I know that’s wrong to say about the incoming president, but he does. 3:38am I am just about done with Curtis Sittenfeld’s book American Wife, which was based on the life on Laura Bush. Kind of good timing. It’s not changed the way I think about Bush, but it does make for interesting thinking. 3:37am You know what Bush? I don’t think I’ll miss you at all 3:35am Booooooooooo CHENEY. YOU ARE A WAR CRIMINAL 3:34am I like Michelle Obama’s yellow outfit. I can’t imagine how cold it must be. 3:33am Cheney in a wheelchair… priceless 3:32am Good Morning. Happy Inauguration day!