Like most people in the universe I watched Barack Obama's inauguration yesterday, the whole event seeming strangely momentous. Strangely because I never thought it would bring the whole world to a standstill like it did.
Barack's got some impressive stuff whirring away behind the scenes: his genius speech writer is just 27 and according to media profiles yesterday is like the Obama whisperer or something; and his web team are bang on with nearly everything they do, from licensing content under Creative Commons to launching a social media architected Whitehouse.gov site yesterday without any glitches.
Listening to Obama's speech yesterday, it seemed he dedicated a lot of attention to the environment and change for energy. One passage he delivered jumped out at me so much I had to write it down: "The ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries... We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. " How powerful a way is that of saying there's a need to go green.
We're seeing so much energy tech innovation right now, it's going to be interesting to see that part of the president's manifesto play out.