The president’s term here in the United States officially begins at noon on Jan. 20. At that historic time today, our new president had not yet had his hand over the Lincoln Bible, had not yet taken his Oath of Office, and had not yet officially been announced to the millions of people watching worldwide as the President of the United States of America.
No, at that time, which no matter what happens during the course of Barack Obama’s presidency will always be considered a turning point for the United States, our ears — and yes I will go so far into the realm of cheese as to say our hearts — were filled by the sweet serenade of “Air and Simple Gifts,” composed by John Williams.
You know the original lyrics: ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free, ’tis the gift to come down where you ought to be…
I couldn’t help but be moved by the enormity of the situation. The free transition of power, ushered gracefully through by the masterful playing of Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Itzhak Perlman on violin, Gabriela Montero on piano and Anthony McGill on clarinet.
Music certainly has a magical power over me, so perhaps I was more moved at this particular moment than others. Yet still, I swear I felt the same sense of awe radiating from those watching alongside me, whose faces conveyed more than words ever could.
UPDATE: It was a fraud!!