OK, I could name someone who I'd rather was taking the oath of office today, well, several other people, well in fact, a vast number of other people, even including some former members of the Backstreet Boys. But that's not important. One very important thing is happening today: the peaceful transition of power in the most powerful nation on earth.
Also important is the fact that we've elected a black president. I'd rather it was a Republican black man... but there you are. This is an important first; although I had no doubt that the country was capable of electing a black man.
I suppose this is also sort of a redemption for the Democrat party, partially making up for the fact that it was mostly Democrats who opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - No longer do they need to be ashamed of the fact that it was a D who tried to bottle the bill up in the Rules Committee of the House, or that it was D's who filibustered it in the Senate.
No, not the outcome I'd hoped for, but we've got a new president, and for the good of the country, we'll give him a chance. Our "patriotic dissent," I hope, will be selective; not just wholesale opposition to everything the man tries to do. That's what we've had for the last several years, and it has been very harmful.