My firm setup a television in our Justice Roberts Room and I rushed up at 11:45a. I got there (front row) just in time to see Rick Warren open the ceremony. In December 2008, Barack Obama chose Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration. Rick caused tears to well in my eyes. He was direct and honest.
As I sat, I got chills anticipating Biden's swearing in and then our 44th President, Barack Obama. My eyes teared as I sat on the edge of my seat. Joe Biden got sworn in around 11:55 and Katie Couric said, technically at noon Joe Biden becamne the President of the United States of America.
At about 12:09p Barack Obama took the stage (I thank God for my eyesight, Barack Obama is one handsome man), to become the 44th President of the United States of America. Words could not escape our mouths, the room was still. My brain shouted, OMG, I'm witnessing history. I am a part of this historic event. My eyes welled, my heart pounded in my own ear. And his words again united this nation. He did it! Barack Obama's my President! FAITH. He knows struggle, he knows strife, he knows fear, he knows God and the brotha is FINE. George Bush set the bar so low, Barack only has to step over it to succeed. This is one amazing brotha as my nephew put it, Auntie he's Superman for real for real!
To close this joyous ceremony, Reverend Lowerly himself, a real poineer from the Civil Rights movement. His benediction was oozing in wisdom and love. Thank you Reverend Lowerly, you put the feelings we all have into words.
Oh and one more thing, Aretha Franklin - Thank you Father for her voice, she's an amazing singer. And thank you Ms. Franklin for wearing clothes that didn't make you look overflowingly silly. And that hat - GORGEOUS - where did she get it?
Here's to our future.
One day at a time.