A nation gathers, watches, listens, hopes

Like millions upon millions of Americans, I just took a break along with my co-workers to witness Barack Obama taking the oath of office as the 44th president of the United States and then delivering a speech that was simultaneously serious and stirring. And as I looked around the conference room in Westword's offices, where the largest television set can be found, I realized that the last time staffers at the paper gathered on that spot to follow a breaking-news event was 9/11.

I enjoyed this moment of coming together more. Infinitely more.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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