INAUGURATE : to make a formal beginning of; initiate; commence; begin:

This won’t be a long post.   It doesn’t require a lot of words.

Today Barack Obama takes the oath of office to begin his second term as President of the United States.   It is not as historically significant as it was four years ago when he was the first African-American to take the oath.  But it is no less important.

The thought to keep in mind as you watch the details of today’s events is that an inauguration is about what lies ahead.   It points to the future.  It is not a celebration of the past four years.  It is not simply a historic event, following upon the examples of men who lead all the way back to President George Washington.

This day is about empowering President Obama to lead us into a four year period of time for which the American people have hopes, dreams, and expectations.   It will be the last term for this President.  He has a lot to do.   The celebrations today are more about “go for it” than “good job, well done.”

Congratulations, President Obama.  And congratulations, America.

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