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What was your favorite moment from the inauguration?

Leave your comments here, and SoCal Connected anchor Val Zavala will read the best on next week's show.

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For us, it wasn't the sea of humanity.....instead it was witnessing the two daughters being escorted to their seats!!! A tremendous sight which invokes the invigoration we are seeking.

For me there were no favorite moments at the inauguration, only sad ones. Sadness that by attempting to purge every aspect of religious expression from our public life we have created secular gods in place of God. Hence Obama is a Messiah and Bush is a Satanish figure.

Have we no collective national shame that our outgoing president was met with boos and expressions of obscenity? But this generation, the millenials, or whatever they are called, is the legacy of mine. We Boomers brought narcissim to new heights and oh how well have passed it on to our children and grandchildren. May God help us.

The biggest pile of trash I have ever seen

My favorite moment of the entire Inaugural Day was when Justice Roberts said, Congratulations, Mr. President!! Even though it was repeated (correctly) the next day, it finally sealed the hard work and grassroots effort that Mr. Obama has been through. This young man has wisdom beyond his years and spreads hope not only through our country, but around the Globe. It is a new day for America!!

My favorite moment were the words the rhyming Reverand Lowery bestowed on Obama's inauguration: here, quoted from Reuters: Lowery prayed for healing from a era of “greed and corruption,” and asked, in verse, for divine help toward a new beginning of racial harmony:

“We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right,” Lowery said to laughter from the vast audience.

And if you hated this or thought it was too simplified, I ask you to attain some levity, and open your mind.

I spent Inauguration Day roaming, feeding mobile photos to KCRW's website. So it wasn't one moment but the network of celebration and its reach that struck me. As our new president took the oath, I stood in downtown's Nokia Plaza with thousands under towering flat-panel screens. Twelve hours later I rolled into Bedrock Studios, a hipster stound studio in Echo Park. There the party had just begun under gauzy pink lighting. Along the way, I ate Chicago style pizza on Sunset Boulevard, with a Filipino-American family who wouldn’t be photographed. And I heard an art talk that predicted the end of the high-art intelligentsia under Obama. Many I met had also hit up other inaugural events that day -- viewing parties, barbecues, and potlucks. Others planned to party at sports bars, galleries, lofts, and private homes still later. The economy and our uncertain future lent an oddly hilarious tone to the celebrating. But LA had for once transcended its usual fragmented self. And Obama and change were the glue. Hope we can remember how we did it the next time.

The inauguration felt like a big wedding! ! I had no idea there was so much tradition, pomp and ritual involved in the inauguration of a president. Or maybe I just never cared enough to pay close attention. At the same time, Although I knew what I was watching was a historical event, part of me also felt that it was completely banal. Like okay, Obama looks like many of the faces I see around me every day. It's about time that we had a president who represented the rest of the country. I'm glad we've moved on to the work at hand.

I became intrigued when Justice Roberts began to swear in Obama. Never before had a Chief Justice sworn in an incoming prez that had voted against his confirmation. It was clear something unusual would happen.

The ensuing history seemed emblematic of the hurdles our new president will face over the next four years.

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