To the complainers, who say the inauguration went on and on or the speech too long or not "one for the ages", I say:
I loved the speech - but I was prepared to love it & was not listening with a critic's ear. I can tell you that everyone around me was listening with rapt attention and did not seem bored or impatient in the least. As for length, this was a ceremony! It's meant to make memories...what's a few extra minutes? So many people have weddings rather than going to the justice of the peace not because it makes them more married but because we crave ceremony & ritual.