No one at CBS News has reported on more inaugurations than Bob Schieffer. Here, the "Face the Nation" host tells CBS "Evening News"' Scott Pelley his analysis of President Barack Obama's inauguration speech:
It was a very unusual inauguration speech in that there were no real memorable lines.
There was no "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." There was no "Ask not what your country can do for you," as Jack Kennedy did.
This was more like a State of the Union speech where the president listed his priorities.
He did not particularly ask for help. Rather, he said we're all in this together and we won't solve it unless we are together.
I think the left will like it a lot. The people on the right; not so much.
Having said all that, it was a perfect day. It was beautiful weather, the crowds were large, they were joyous and the most important thing - what was supposed to happen according to the Constitution - happened: The person who got the most votes in November took the oath of office as President of the United States.
That doesn't always happen in other countries, but it happened again in our country and that's a good thing.