In just over four hours Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the USA.
The moment has been anticipated for so long (remember the bumper stickers?), it’s hard to believe it’s almost here.
Everyone’s talking about the crowds (record-breaking), the speech (historic) and Michelle Obama’s wardrobe.
The sense of optimism may turn out to be brief, but right now it’s no less real for that.
The task of rebuilding America’s reputation, which has been almost destroyed over the last eight years, is a huge one.
We genuinely hope he’s up to it.