Thanks to some thoughtful folks in my company, we got to eat lunch together and share the inauguration experience with others in corporate America. Wow -- food for the spirit and body.
The music, the poetry, the hope.... Barack's speech was inspiring. We will need such inspiration with so much to be done and undone. And while Rev. Rick Warren's prayer was actually pretty good, The Rev. Joseph Lowery's closing benediction was a beacon of shining light. We all joined in at the end with the crowd:
Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around -- (laughter) -- when yellow will be mellow -- (laughter) -- when the red man can get ahead, man -- (laughter) -- and when white will embrace what is right.
Let all those who do justice and love mercy say amen.
REV. LOWERY: Say amen --
REV. LOWERY: -- and amen.
AUDIENCE: Amen! (Cheers, applause.)
Yes, much to be done -- and I have a cold brewing and would like to stay huddled up in my covers. I need some energy. Perhaps some post-inauguration coverage will spur me on and out.