I'm watching the inauguration on TV now, a little sad that I'm not there in DC for it but I'm getting lots of twitter updates from my friends in Washington! Looks like fun. It's striking to me that every news channel over here in Europe has had live coverage of this event from the wee hours of the morning. Truly, all eyes are on Washington today.
People have placed a lot of hope in this man, and it will be interesting to see what he can do in these critical first months of his presidency. George W. Bush is walking out at the moment, and he looks a bit melancholy; almost sheepish as they emerge to be greeted by almost complete silence from the crowd. In fact the entire Republican entourage around him looks quite downtrodden and sober. It seems appropriate. The massive crowds in DC today and the people watching around the world are not only celebrating the momentous occasion of the election of the first African-American president of the United States, they are celebrating the end of the Bush presidency.
And yet as Europe hails America's 'renewal,' there is still an acknowledgement that the world today is very different from the world of eight years ago, and not just because of September 11. I recently wrote an article for the webzine CafeBabel on the subject.
And now, the speech...