Tonight I met up with Angelica, Eli, Tetsuo, Brian and many others at The Brass Monkey to share Obama’s inauguration speech and some Hoegarden on-tap.

As usual, his speech was excellent. It was uplifting, inspirational and unifying. It was only a speech, but seeing him sworn in was a great feeling. Especially as an American who has spent most his adult life abroad, I feel optimistic about seeing a president with such an international perspective as Obama.

I’m feeling more excited about America than I have in a long time. Here’s to change!