Inauguration Day 2009

I'm so proud of our country every inauguration day, especially stirring with the peaceful transition of power. I love the pomp and ceremony blended with substantive political change, the sense of renewal. It might not have happened had George Washington not set the precedent:
...It was a rare moment in history. In London, George III questioned the American-born painter Benjamin West what Washington would do now he had won the war. "Oh," said West, "they say he will return to his farm." "If he does that," said the king, "he will be the greatest man in the world."
He broke the mold, then Lincoln fought tooth and nail to keep the Union together, paving the way for today. Wow. Blog nod: Ann Althouse

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