Today, I must say, made me extremely proud to be an American.

The pomp and circumstance may have been a bit much for those who were supporting another candidate, and I understand that. With the Facebook discussions I have been having with friends, even those who did not like him very much felt badly for him and realize that he must be exhausted!!!

I am excited for our Nation on many fronts.

First, have you seen this new White website? There will be blogs from the White House, information posted — how neat that this President’s people understand the importance of the Web?!

Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House’s first post went up at 12:01pm!!!! CHANGE HAS COME TO THE WHITE HOUSE is RIGHT! The 44th President’s first Proclamation was even posted by 2:15 pm.

Obama’s speech was very eloquent, poignant, and somber. A few lines really spoke to me, and made me hope that he is able to enact and BE  the change he wants to see in the world. (Gandhi anyone?)

One Favorite: “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.”

REALLY TRUE: “For the world has changed, and we must change with it. ”

And… ” Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations. ”

As my son just turned three, this struck me tremendously, and I immediately hugged him (which, of course, he didn’t quite understand), and can’t wait until the day he DOES understand the importance of this day.

I am truly inspired and hopeful, and GRATEFUL to be an American.