Today America will introduce its 44th President! At noon, Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of office to Barack Obama who will swear to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. While 240,000 people have tickets, as many as 4 million will watch Obama become president via jumbotron, along with many more around the US.
And of course — there will be a speech! Considering the opportunity to set the tone of his administration, and the fact that so many people have come to the capitol to witness his inauguration, Obama must be feeling pressure to deliver a moving address. Regardless of the words, the marking of democracy in action and new energy in leadership will likely give Americans inspiration in these tough times.