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Jan. 20 at noon is the beginning.

The wait of the world 

Click for larger image • President Obama, please lead us out of this mess.

Photo by Jeremy M. Lange

Click for larger image • President Obama, please lead us out of this mess.

We'll be there

Indy staff writer Matt Saldaña is covering the inauguration from Washington, D.C., while freelance writer Gerry Canavan and staff photographer Jeremy M. Lange roam D.C. capturing the day's vibe. In the Triangle, our reporters are dropping by watch parties and other inaugural celebrations.

Follow our coverage on our Twitter page and on our Triangulator blog.

When Barack Obama greeted the 125,000 supporters in Chicago's Grant Park on Election Night, his eyes looked dark, solemn. He did not seem jubilant about his presidential victory, but rather, contemplative, concerned.

It's no wonder: He is burdened with the nation's, and the world's, enormous expectations, yet he faces fearsome domestic and international crises: a recession, which if you believe Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, could slip into a depression; a trillion-dollar federal deficit; a national health care crisis; wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East; and a global economic downturn as tenuous as a tower in the game of Jenga.

We've waited eight seemingly interminable years to bid good riddance to George W. Bush. Dubya has left the building, albeit in rubble. Now what? Jan. 20 at noon is the beginning. That day, we'll celebrate. Then on Jan. 21, not only Barack Obama, but every one of us, must begin the arduous work, even in small ways, of rebuilding and healing this country. We should expect as much of ourselves as we do our president. —Lisa Sorg

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Yes we did! Now break out your dancing shoes
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Locals at Inaug
A group of bike riders from Raleigh and a Peace Corps volunteer from Durham will be in the Jan. 20 D.C. throng
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Bye Bye Bush!
How several Triangle residents will be spending Bush's last day
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Inclusively Exclusive
Will we all come together around Rick Warren when he calls on his God?
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Triangle Donors
A dozen Triangle residents have donated nearly $230,000 to Obama's inaugural committee
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