Tuesday, January 20, 2009

An Inaugural Moment

Like most teachers in NYC, I didn't get to see the inauguration live, but I did get to hear it. There was a moment that stood out to me--the moment that Chief Justice John Roberts messed up the oath of office. Instead of saying 'I will faithfully execute..." he put the word 'faithfully' at the end of the sentence. It seemed like a blot on the inauguration at the time.

When I watched it on video, I noticed that Obama paused, smiled, and gave Roberts a chance to correct himself. Although it was clearly Obama's moment, he tried to give an ideological rival a chance to save face. It was a truly gracious act.

I think America made a great choice.


NYC Educator said...

I hope you're right.

Mr. Talk said...

True. There are no assurances. Still, he could hardly be worse than W.

I originally supported Hillary, and would have preferred her. But Obama has won me over. I think he's got what it takes.