On January 20, I joined the ranks of the millions of Americans who took the time to watch the swearing in of our 44th president, Chicago’s own Barack Obama. I gathered with fellow Chicagoans at the Union League Club of Chicago to commemorate the Inauguration.
The gala brunch was sponsored by the Union League’s Public Affairs Committee. As I entered I was handed a small American flag and button to kick off the festivities. In addition to the buffet brunch, several televisions were provided so that everyone could get a prime view of the main event. The atmosphere was electric when the time came for the swearing-in and the inauguration speech by President Obama.
As the festivities wound down and we watched the departure of President Bush the sense was that we were on the brink of a new era. I know that all who attended were thrilled to have witnessed this historic transfer of power in this traditional and democratic fashion. It will be exciting to see what the next four years bring.