Being in that atmosphere, hearing him speak and watching the crowd react, really made me appreciate the significance of this day. Especially given my own personal experiences with racism over the past couple years, I couldn't help getting just a little teary over this clear step of progression. When I looked around at all the throngs of people eagerly hanging on to every word he said, I wished for him to be everything they believe he is. I don't know what's going to happen over the next four or eight years, and I doubt I'll agree with all of it. But I really hope he doesn't lose the hope that I saw in everyone's eyes today.
Here are my snapshots. I just couldn't stop taking pictures of the masses.
Here are a few video clips I captured. This was the view I had pretty much the whole time. Even if you don't agree with Obama's political views, you have to admit that he is a phenomenal public speaker.