Obama did give an excellent speech, however. Except for a few points eliciting groans, like his references to global warming, I found the speech inspiring. Of course, a new President's speech should be to inspire and to unite, and in that regard President Obama did very well. My favorite line was this:
"We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you."Holy smoke, Obama actually sounded on our side for once.
Now with all the pomp and circumstance behind him, it is time to do the actual work of being President. That will be a lot more tedious and difficult than giving speeches.
So for the new President, I can only say, good luck. May your wisdom increase, may you grow in office, may your stated goal be realized: to deliver freedom intact to future generations of Americans. May you prove me wrong about my lack of faith in your abilities and vision; may you govern so well that I might actually consider voting for you next time. Don't count on it -- but in any case, may your Presidency be successful beyond what any and all loyal Americans could have hoped for.