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Initial Reaction: Simply Amazing

Initial Reaction: Simply Amazing

It was cold (in the teens with wind chill). It was dark (I left my friends’ apartment shortly after 4 a.m.). I was very close to the front of the general admission section (but Obama was just a speck in the distance on the Capitol steps).

It was totally worth it. Being one of the estimated 1.8 million people crowding on to the National Mall, screaming in delight after Barack Obama took the inaugural oath of office, is something I will never, ever forget.

I’ll have more reactions tomorrow, but for now, check out my photos from the inauguration ceremony.

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10:43AM PST on Jan 21, 2009

Power to the People! Not a new concept, but none the less true. A reminder to stay connected throughout the years and throw out our past policy of "I can't do any thing about anything". Let' Do It!! Yes, We Can!

6:12AM PST on Jan 21, 2009

Yesterday I turned on my TV at 7 a.m. Az. time and saw the National Mall a sea of humanity. Millions of citizens filled the area, talking with each other, communicating their personal hope and joy. One could read it on the faces as the cameras panned the crowds. The crowds chanted Obama, Obama, Obama.

Finally the moment arrived, the man who has ignited the torch of hope in this country once again, appeared. Warmly smiling, exuding confidence he stepped forward, took his place and waited to be sworn in.

I, we, the world watched with joy as he took his oath. We then heard his words, his message to not only us but the world. He left us with no uncertainty, but gave us full knowledge of his dedication to fulfilling his commitments to us. He also made it clear that this was OUR fight as well and that he expected each of us to carry our responsbilities.

Yesterday, Barack Obama filled us with the knowledge that though things are rough right now, we can make things better for not just ourselves, but for the world.

I watched hearts, minds and spirits reach out, touch. I watched strangers become friends if for just that moment, treat each other with kindness and civility. I watched old barriers crash for this was a gathering of souls intent upon sharing a moment of creating brotherhood between all.

I saw the light return to our nation and it came from not only Barack Obama, but from EVERY person in that massive outpouring of humanity.

2:11AM PST on Jan 21, 2009

We watched our 44th. President sworn in on the BBC. I am so proud of my fellow Americans who braved the freezing temps to welcome Barack Obama as our new leader! For as far as the camera could see, people filled the National Mall waving flags and homemade signs! What a day in history this has been; we have seen old obstacles broken down and tossed aside and a new and brighter future is ahead of not only the USA, but the entire planet!
Together, we stand as one race...The HUMAN RACE!

You know there really is still a chance for peace and that chance will definitely increase if we each do our piece. So let’s make peace -- in our homes, in our own hearts, in our relationships, in our communities, in all of our dealings and in the world. Peace be with us all.

10:10PM PST on Jan 20, 2009

Very special day...My husban graduate from EMT
So We have two big reasons to celebrate.God Bless America!

6:39PM PST on Jan 20, 2009

Hope is now defined.

Linda Armstrong

4:40PM PST on Jan 20, 2009

Loved the photos. I'm in Australia so I'm just enjoying seeing all the photos I can from the internet!

3:09PM PST on Jan 20, 2009

I was blessed to be able to watch the ceremony with hundreds of others at a simulcast event that took place in front of City Hall (in my city). This day reminded me that we are all connected - in spirit as Americans and thankfully also through technology :) I look forward to more photos, videos and stories from events around the world.

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