I have not wanted to declare American pride with such fervor since I was a child, when everyone was in the post-World War II habit of waving flags and singing patriotic songs whenever possible.
On this Inauguration Day I was not alone in wanting to proclaim “We are America!”, as loudly, with as many flags as possible. For those who cynically believe this emotion to be nothing but misplaced hope in a man, listen to us more carefully. The excitement and energy and hope that we demonstrate are more about us as a people than Barack Obama as a person.
This photo is of my daughter, C, who joined me on the east slope of the Washington Monument that wonderful day.