The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Although I was at watercolor class today at the time of the swearing in, Sandy had a TV ready for those of us who wanted to watch and listen. (Thank you, Sandy!)
Hope, like the gleaming taper's light,
Adorns and cheers our way;
And still, as darker grows the night,
Emits a brighter ray. --- Oliver Goldsmith (1730 - 1774)