Today at the nation's capitol, Barack Obama was inaugurated for the second time as President of the United States. The message of his inaugural speech was of coming together to ensure a better future for America. In part he said,
That is our generation's task - to make these words, these rights, these values - of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness - real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time - but it does require us to act in our time.
Now that the inaugural parade is done, all that's left is getting ready for the many official and unofficial inaugural balls that will go last late into the evening hours.