I had forgotten what it was like to not be overwhelmed with disgust the moment the president came on the television. Not that I watch that much TV. But even better, I actually want to hear Obama’s thoughts and direction. “On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord” — a statement that in so many other moments would come across disingenuous and leave me cynical, in this instance rings true. My faith in general humanity has not yet been restored, but tonight is one to celebrate for being a small part of one of those rare transformative events that are full of possibility.