Feeling that the day was momenteous enough, I took the day off of work to watch all the Inaguration coverage. Part of me is very fascinated by the mechanics, the personal aspects of the transition of power. Do you think there's a moment where the incumbant says to the new office holder "Here's the keys to the private washroom, the toilet runs, just jiggle the handle. We have no idea what this light switch does, so it's probably best if you don't touch it."
It's no secret that I was not a fan of the Bush II administration, and really, an eight-year in the making sigh of relief was a very definite and powerful one. As for Obama, he's got about the normal amount of positions I like and positions I don't like for what passes for a left politician these days. I don't like the cult of personality that sprang up around him during the election, or since thing, but I rarely like cults of personality. I do think there are going to be a lot of people really disappointed when they discover the new President doesn't fart cinnamon-scented rainbows (not my phrase, sadly).
I guess my overall impression of the day is: damn, it's nice to have a President who can actually speak and looks like he can form reasoned and informed thoughts without getting distracted by something shiny.