Katie Couric's Notebook: Inauguration

EDITOR'S NOTE: Our apologies for getting more-than-a-little busy last night. Here's Katie's Notebook from Inauguration Day, just a day late.


Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States.

As we watch the inaugural parades and parties, White House staffers are moving his belongings into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the Obama family's home for the next four years.

Among all those crates is a package full of wishes from the American people. "Help our economy ... find us jobs ... bring my son back safe from Iraq." It's too big a load for any one man to lift.

This weekend on his train tour, then President-elect Obama stopped in Baltimore to greet a crowd of more than 40,000. Maryland was once a slave state, and interracial marriage was illegal there until 1967.

Today all Americans can celebrate: red or blue, black or white. This the kind of progress that brings us closer to the "more perfect union" our founding fathers envisioned. But tomorrow, President Obama begins to unpack that enormous crate of burdens...and he'll need all the help we can give him.