It would be impossible to blog today and not mention the inauguration of Obama. Walking through London just before the ceremony I was amazed by the number TVs and PCs tuned to the coverage. I can't remember a time when a political event commanded such an audience, and certainly couldn't imagine the swearing-in of a British Prime Minister ever capturing the attention of so many.
But this is a different event. Obama has become a symbol of hope and change. The whole world is watching - expecting him to usher in a new era. And amidst the economic gloom, the apocalyptic climate crisis, war after war in the Middle East, this glimmer of dynamic leadership is worthy of everyone's applause.
Welcome, Mr President.