The entire state Legislature came to a grinding halt for about an hour and a half this morning. Hearings and meetings were cancelled. Obligations were set aside. Instead, everyone huddled around the handiest TV to watch Barack Obama be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. It was amazing.
I'll leave it to those more articulate than me to write about the poinancy of Obama's speech. All I can say is for me it was inspirational. Now, it's back to work, as the session resumes its frantic pace.
For me, Seattle P-I editorial cartoonist David Horsey summed up this day perfectly: