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You know, today is what New Year's should feel like and never quite does.

There could be no inauguration viewing at work, so at lunchtime, Intern A and I stole Intern B's apartment keys, ran down the block to his building, and watched it on his enormous flat screen with his cats for company. I loved every moment of it. I could hardly believe that it really happened. I looked at those shots of 2 million people gathered on the Mall to celebrate, and I just had to laugh even while I was tearing up. I thought, "This is us, this is the real US."

I know that the past eight years have been us too, have been our dark side and our greed, fear and anger, but. This massive party to honor the fair election of a man who encourages us to hope and to be responsible and to break down the barriers that still keep us apart...it's much closer to the image I hold in my heart and mind of who we are and what we stand for.

We brought dignity back, you guys. We elected a man who brought class, and kindness, and respect to his first day on the job. I had forgotten what it felt like to not be ashamed of my leader. I am just flat out grateful to be reminded today, and so, so looking forward to tomorrow.

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