“I’ll Never See This Again.”

I think this was the most moving moment of the day for me, and I wasn’t even watching at the very moment it happened – thank heavens my friend Michele told me to rewind right away:


Honor done to President Obama in the ellaesther household.

As President Obama gave his Inaugural speech, my 9 year old daughter took herself off, and about half-way through his remarks, returned to ask me the color of his eyes. Here’s the result:

obama mll portrait


And here’s my own, rather less impressive, honor done — an homage to the Oval Office coffee table:

bowl of apples


Huzzah! Happy Inauguration Day! : )

Inauguration Day.

To paraphrase my favorite Vice President of all time: This is a Big Fucking Deal. The President — this President — is a Big Fucking Deal. Not because he’s an icon, but because of his prodigious skills and inordinate abilities. Because of what he has been able to achieve, despite the enormity of the forces stacked against him. Against us.

Hereunder, a few video reminders of what today’s about — starting with the actual inauguration, which was yesterday, because that’s what the Constitution mandates (by tradition, when January 20 falls on a Sunday, the festivities are moved to the following day):

(It makes me so unreasonably happy every time I hear Justice Roberts say “Barack Hussein Obama”).

How big a fucking deal is this big fucking deal? This big:


Here’s President Obama thanking his campaign staff on November 8 (wrecked voice, tears, and all):


Here’s the President’s acceptance speech a couple of days before:


Here’s the speech he gave in Iowa just one night before that (also complete with tears):


And finally, here’s a young Mr. Barack Hussein Obama presenting a Black History Minute, back in 1991 (he’s just so him!)


Happy Inauguration Day, one and all!