Today’s Crowds: Generations On the March

Jan 20, 2009 1:36pm

Here’s what "Nightline" anchor Terry Moran had to say about the inauguration crowd this morning at about 9:00 AM.

I just walked from 24th and M St. NW, around the Capitol, through the Rayburn Building, and have arrived at the West Front of the Capitol.

All along the way, people were laughing and smiling. Some sang. Families strode down the streets together, generations on the march. I saw crowds of ebullient young people; they filled the air with their chatter and cries. "Snap!" hollered one as he saw a couple who were passing out free Starbucks coffee.

I saw a group of a dozen or so people, black and white, stopped in the street, hands joined, in prayer. Older folks in wheelchairs, trucking along. Smokers paused in alleyways and entrances. The hucksters selling Obama this and Obama that.

And I was overwhelmed. I thought of a line from Walt Whitman: "The United States are essentially the greatest poem."

And as I look out now over the throng on the Mall–this is what he meant. Our strengths and weaknesses, our nobility and crassness, the noise and struggle and vastness of American life–our dizzying diversity–it is the most sublime articulation of the human soul ever achieved.

And today–whatever your politics–today is one of our masterpieces.

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