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OK, a show of hands: How many people are going to be watching the inauguration at work, are going to go home for lunch to watch the festivities or are taking the day off? Myself, I'm leaving work after lunch just long enough to watch Obama take the oath of office and the presidency from the Oaf of Office. I wish I could stay long enough to live-blog it. (Sniffffff. O, can't you just smell the shoe leather in the air?) I have to admit, it'll be comical listening to Obama call for bipartisanship when every Republican in DC except for Bush and Cheney will conveniently be out of town.
Four and a half hours and counting and our long national nightmare, while it won't be over, is one from which we're just beginning to awaken. You have to wonder if Obama has a full appreciation of the enormity of the hopeful expectations we have for him.