I live in the DC area, and I voted for Obama (heck, I even gave money to Obama), but I confess I was never tempted to go down to the Mall to watch the inauguration in person. First, the temperature was in the upper 20's (Fahrenheit); second, "in person" looses a lot when you can't really see anything except a Jumbotron screen (if you're lucky); and third, over a million people in that small a space is pretty scary. So, to paraphrase Whoopi Goldberg, "that's what TV is for."
But still, even sitting in my own house watching my own TV, I got a little choked up. That man knows how to deliver a speech. I know he was most likely more editor than author where the text was concerned, but he really laid it on the line. And he never misprounced or misused a word! Oh, happy day! English teachers everywhere are breathing a sigh if relief.
I just hope everyone makes it home okay, including those of my coworkers who were more up to the challenge than I was.