It's almost incomprehensible that Barack Obama holds the same office that George W. Bush did for eight years. The two men aren't even the of same species.
Seriously, watch this masterful and elegant speech -- a straightforward explanation of purpose, free of outrageous rhetoric and juvenile theatrics -- and marvel at how far we've come politically in such a short amount of time.
Sure, there's much work to be done on so many fronts across America and beyond, but make no mistake -- our long national nightmare is most assuredly over. This man, Barack Obama, is something we haven't seen in this country in decades: A leader, in every sense of the word.