Here’s your thread, two hours early as crowds fill the Mall, talking heads chatter about the miracle of peaceful transfers of power, and the media runs through its checklist of superlatives for the speech. “President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural address is one of the most anticipated speeches in decades, with many expecting his words to be chiseled into marble some day,” declares CNN, already plotting a location for the Obama Memorial. See also Steve Kornacki at the Observer, taking the Lincoln comparisons a step further by imagining the Obama presidency as the second term Honest Abe never got to have. I’ll settle today for one memorable line, which will also be the first memorable line The One’s ever delivered.
I’m giving you the MSNBC feed, partly because their video player’s superior to Fox’s and CNN’s and partly because Olby’s and Matthews’s emoting will inevitably end up as a story all its own. Might as well watch while it happens. I’m not sure yet if we’re liveblogging this thing; if so, the widget will appear beneath the clip as game time approaches. While we wait, here’s Jonah Goldberg looking on the bright side by celebrating what Obama brings to conservatives.
Congrats and good luck to the new president. I hope he knows what he’s doing.