My work has arranged a meeting room for viewing the inauguration on TV today. It was nice. I think about half of my colleagues were there this morning. Many websites were offering live streaming, too but we were warned by IT to watch the big event on TV, rather than taking up bandwidth, I guess.
Most of the ceremony was formal and smooth sailing. The climax was obviously when Obama gave his speech. I was really moved by what he said.
Aside from pointing out the downturn of this country, his way of addressing the world was inclusive. It is about working together for world peace instead of picking fights or calling names (remember “Axis of Evil”?). I especially love the following passages:
America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity……
To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.
To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
For the complete inaugural address, see below for the official document on Scribd.