This is a day to celebrate! I watched Barack Obama being sworn in at my younger son's school, amidst a group of very happy Berkeleyans, and the Kleenex box was passed around many times--for the tears of joy, relief and sorrow for the sadness of the past. I thought his speech was brave and eloquent and pitch perfect for the times. How wonderful to have a smart, competent leader in the White House for a change.
We know a few people who had tickets to the ceremony, but I'm busy assembling our own private "inaugural ball" for tonight.
We're having champagne from a smaller producer--Nicolas Feuillatte--(plus sparkling cider for the boys) some Camilla formaggio di capra, an almost fluffy, subtly flavored goat cheese, some yummy Beecher's Flagship cheese (which really does taste like buttered popcorn like my cheese store said, but in a good way) and baguette from our local Cheese Board, followed by wild Alaskan salmon with a mustard-brown sugar rub and organic broccoli. Dessert--an encore of my melt-in-your-mouth Finnish spoon cookies by popular request. I was even braver with the butter this time for a richer flavor.
Afterwards, we'll all dance and celebrate.
Here's a toast to our new President!