Just finished watching CNN's far-superior coverage of this historical event, and was pretty impressed!
Obama's speech started off a little strange, but by the end, it had become a sure-to-be-remembered piece of dialogue, alongside JFK's "Ask not what your country can do for you..." quotation.
I thought that the fluffing of his Inauguaration showed him to be a) nervous, and b) a normal, human being, who isn't concerned by such trivial little errors. Jeez, I'd be excreting bricks, if I were in his position, and being sworn-in as the leader of the Free World!
As for those of you who are picking on the issue about Obama's skin colour being constantly brought-up, it's not ironic-racism (as Jenn put it), but a fact that deserves to be announced to everyone. I don't mean to sound like I'm talking down to anyone, but for the past 50-60 years in the USA, anyone who wasn't white and heterosexual was considered inferior to those who were!
Just as women had to fight for their right to be seen as, and treated as equals, so have blacks, gays, and other minorities! Becoming the first non-white President is a VERY BIG DEAL folks! It's not ironic, but a fact!
Over time, hopefully his skin colour will become a non-issue. But for now, it's a big part of who Obama is. A minority who has managed to achieve something that many people thought would and could
never happen! He has defied everyone, both politically, publically and racially, that anyone can do anything, if they really want too, and in the 21st Century that's something anyone should be proud of! It's called inspiration - something we all need a lot of right know, especially in the world of politics.
If Obama pulls-off just a single one of his many promises to fix things, then he will have been a worthwhile president!
P.S. And for those of you dissing Aretha Franklin, (be it in jest, or in seriousness), you try singing live in front of a worldwide audience, with just a pre-recorded musical backup, at the age of 81 years, and see how far you can get!