I didn't cry on inauguration day like I did on election night. The pomp infected me with giggles. That stilted poem sent me into guffaws—subject, verb, object; subject, verb, object—and I had to leave the room to avoid contaminating everyone's moment. But I misted up yesterday morning when I saw the newspapers—Barack Obama is the president. And this morning I teared from both eyes—for about 20 minutes—when I saw this photo:


She is Vertie Hodge, 74, at an inauguration party in Houston, Texas. The picture is part of this collection, which Anthony linked to earlier.