The Obama Age

I'm not really sure what to say about today. As journalists, we scribes are often charged with creating the "first draft" of history. Trouble is, when something truly historic happens, I'm afraid of getting it all wrong. But here are some tentative thoughts: Aretha Franklin had a cool hat. Rick Warren makes me squirm. Joseph Lowery is awesome. And, to be clear, Roberts muffed the Oath, not the President-Elect.

And then, the speech. I don't think we've ever seen, in the history of recorded sound and video, a presidential orator like Barack Obama. He was inspiring, but still managed to temper hope with the recognition that the USA has some hard work to do. I know some people are a little uncomfortable with the adulation heaped at Obama's feet. But, you can't deny his chops. If you're going to put somebody on a pedestal, it may as well be a competent someone. He also gave a shout-out to non-believers and science, so that's unassailably cool.

So, the Obama age has begun. I won't pretend to know how it will go, or what kind of President he will be. But you can't deny the excitement. And for today - and only today - maybe that's enough.