Barack Obama has made history, it's no doubt. Now he is faced with some great expectations. The world is expecting his inaugural address to bring hope, provide guidance and send profound messages.
In fact, many are hoping that the words he speaks will someday be carved in marble.
Obama has been studying the words of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt as they inspired the nation and help calm troubled times. Can Obama do the same? Many think so, most hope so.
At the same time, when he takes office, he faces some of the most troubled times and biggest problems this country has faced in decades. It's a historic inauguration, but it will be no picnic in the White House for this President.
It's ironic that history will judge how the first African American President does as a President, but Obama faces the biggest challenges of any President in recent memory. How he handles the challenges and whatever the outcome, he will be judged, hopefully as a man who faces insurmountable odds and not as a black man facing those odds.