Just finished watching the inauguration of Obama here at Cornell with some colleagues. While not his best speech, it was very moving. Especially his reference to the rest of the world no longer makes the gap between here and there as big as it has seemed in the past. In addition to a welcome reference to the ‘non-believers’ (very en passent but better than not at all) his clear acknowledgement to lead globally by example rather than by force is not only a clear break with Bush, but also encouraging. Now the hard part begins…

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