In the interest of equal time, here's Obama's inaugural address thrown into wordle.net.
I don't exactly see any patterns or differences between the two that really freak me out or that would show anything more than my biases already would suggest.
A few quick thoughts on today's ceremonies - of which I watched from 11:30-12:45 or so - from just before the invocation through the end of the benediction...
- I was glad to hear afterwards that both John Roberts and Barack Obama were slightly at fault for the oath flub
- I was surprisingly pleased with Joseph Lowery's benediction, particularly his presentation of the first and only laugh line of the entire day's events right at the close of his part, the final moments of the whole day's main events
- I found myself impressed whenever Obama would bring back historical quotes, especially those echoing the Bible. I also know that had GWBush made the same - or similar - references to his faith or his background or a Christian heritage of America, I would have been angry or cursing the television. I am horribly biased.
- Obama's line about our patchwork nation - [w]e are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. - impressed the heck out of me. As someone who doesn't have a religious faith, I often feel that I am forgotten in the political mentions of the major faiths of our nation. I liked the nod to those of us without a religion.
- Obama's speech certainly set the bar low and the hopes high - reminding us of the hard times and the challenges ahead, ensuring that we knew there would be no quick fixes, no easy remedies but always stating unequivocally that we would solve these problems together.
- I've said it before, but I am more hopeful for this administration than for any that I have known.