When I was born it wasn't possible for whites and blacks to mingle. There was still very much of a divide that said blacks must use one door and whites the other.
Today, as I watched the inauguration, I remembered those who gave their lives on battlefields all over the world so this peaceful transfer of power was possible. I also remembered the lives of black men and women who lay down their lives on the black top and deserted country sides so a black man could take the oath of office in 2009.
It's been a long time coming, but America took a giant step today and for that I'm proud.
Whether you voted for President Obama or not, you have to agree that he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders and he's in for a hell of a ride.
I think of myself as a very patriotic American and the National Anthem always gets to me. I spent a good deal of the morning swallowing tears for various reasons. In the afterglow of the day I still feel so fortunate to live in America. For all its faults, it's still the best place to live.
President Obama has been handed a tough job. We'll see what the future holds.