A Liberal Emboldened by Political Victory

David Remnick, New Yorker
A few thoughts from the Amtrak Quiet Car after six hours of inauguration-watching.* * * For a “modest event,” that was still pretty huge. It’s true that Obama’s first inaugural attracted around 1.8 million people to the Mall, and his second was smaller by about a million. And yet a crowd that is twice the size of Woodstock is not to be dismissed. Like last time, the crowd was incredibly diverse. The African-American contingent was especially impressive, in size and emotional force. The airport on Sunday was filled with black women, men, and…

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