Yesterday, on January 20th, 2009, I could nowhere come close to Obama, but I was in the crowd of 2 million people, watching on big screens as he took the oath of office. Once again I felt so privileged to watch history in the making. For the first time ever there is a President in the White House who speaks, for most part, the language of inclusion, humility and conflict transformation.
I saw old people in wheel chairs, young babies carried by their parents and young people smiling and cheering. I saw flags waving and people enjoying every moment. A day of inspiration. A term of change.
I'm now heading home for South Africa this afternoon, my spirit lifted and my heart full of hope.
My pictures can be viewed at http://picasaweb.google.com/spies.c/InTheObamaCrowd20Jan2009#