Bold Even in the Details
I was so happy with yesterday’s inauguration, in large ways and small. I do feel that we begin fresh again, perhaps as we have never done before.
And then I saw (on TV) the hundreds of thousands of flags waving on the Mall, and Obama himself, and the line-up of former presidents and defeated contenders gathered to witness the “peaceful transfer of power” and I felt a confidence in us that I haven’t felt in a while.
I was also thrilled by one little detail. At the moment of word bumbling in the oath: Obama didn’t get flustered! He didn’t let a small problem lead to a bigger one. He was graceful and the awkward moment passed.
Hooray for a leader who can smoothly handle an awkward moment in front of a high percentage of the people in the planet — and who also thinks straight and means well. This is the best combo I can imagine.