That sure was something on the D.C. mall today, huh? I don't know how anyone on or near that stage held it together--I sure didn't. I'll leave the expert analysis to the more expert among us, saying only that I very much admire the way Obama kind of cut through the momentousness of the day by simply getting down to business. And: the music really couldn't have been better. Yo yo ma and those other guys tore up some strings, and the spirit and weight of the day was only matched by the lovely and massive bow on Aretha Franklin's hat.