Everyone knew that the inauguration of President Obama would be a historic event. It surpassed my expectations. Watching such an event come to fruition before my eyes is amazing. My generation only read about the civil rights movement and has lived through extremely saddening historical events such as the Challenger explosion, Oklahoma City bombing, and 911. Thus, I relish being able to witness first hand such a positive historic milestone in my lifetime. It brings tears to my eyes to know my country has progressed so far, but also to see my country, at last, unite behind one amazingly intelligent and inspirational person.