Along with a great many others, I am celebrating Inauguration Day. Since the primary season, I've offered a few thoughts on the visual culture of race and politics, including my own little hobby-world of United States Masters Swimming, which experienced a minor snit over an Obama-themed tee shirt provided to swimmers at the Big Shoulders Open Water event in Chicago last year. Some objected. I am wearing said shirt above, a modification of the now ubiquitous Shephard Fairey design.
Today, Godspeed to Barack Hussein Obama. Let us hope that our national yearning for reconciliation--of long-standing as well as more recent strains and breaks--will not be thwarted by circumstance or the lingering bitterness that has dogged us for far too long.