"The president of the United States is black. Literally, not figuratively, not in some socio-psycho-political sense. But dark skin, black wife, black children. His name is Barack Hussein Obama, and despite the fact that it was a worldwide spectacle witnessed by billions or that the oath of office was administered twice, there is still a mind-boggling fancifulness to the whole episode; it's incredible in the original sense of the word.

And I say all this as someone who saw the whole thing with my own eyes. From my seat in the press section, I could see John Roberts' face — plain as day — as he flubbed the Big Moment. It was then that I realized how much this moment mattered to me." Read more