First of all, I want to thank every one for all the Happy Birthday wishes I received today. Each one has brought a tear of joy to my eye (it's turning out to be sort of an emotional day for me). I really believe that this is the best birthday I've had in well over eight years. All day I've said to any one who happens to be standing next to me at the time "Can you believe that today is my birthday?". My place of employment aired the Inauguration in our big auditorium and on the two TVs in the cafeteria. I don't know what the cafeteria looked like, but the auditorium was a packed house. I can honestly say that this is the first Inauguration that I can remember watching live. And I sat there, in that auditorium with my boss and fellow employees, as tears of hope and joy welled in my eyes, and watched the 44th President of The United States of America be sworn into office. Never before do I remember hearing about an inauguration that contained this much hope and love. Today, I witnessed crowds of enthusiasm that I've only ever seen at a Flaming Lips Concert. Multiply it by thousands.
I listened to our President give one of the most important speeches of his life and he did not white wash things. This country is hurting. It's a big mess. But, if we all work together, we can fix this. So...Happy Birthday to me. But really, Happy Birthday to Change and welcome back U.S.A.