Happy Inauguration Day!

images-10Most days, I’m a committed skeptic, and unbridled fervor makes me nervous. Today, however, as Barack Hussein Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States, I’m going to be a believer. Not a believer in Obama as saviour — I’ve been sickened by the way the media (magazine covers, endless TV specials, Internet saturation) have turned him into an unavoidable icon. There have been days the past two months when I feel as if I live in Castro’s Cuba or Stalin’s USSR, with the gaze of Fearless Leader following me every time I walk down the street. Today, I put all that aside, and feel hope. Happy Inauguration Day!

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