One of my favorite things about Inauguration Day is the crowd. Ladies in ankle-length fur coats, hipsters in hip-huggers, gentlemen in ankle-length fur coats, kids in find-me-in-a-crowd-colored coats, couples, bottle-blond women, natural-haired women, men in fishing caps and men in campaign caps. It almost feels like an accurate demographic sampling of America.
Here’s the big moment, when the crowd got the loudest and my heart swelled the most: President Barack Obama taking his second oath of office:
“Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.”–President Barack Obama, 2013 Inaugural Address