Yes, Tuesday was a visually stunning day, but the news media are accurately reporting that there was a strong hint of storms in the inaugural events.
Politico.com reports that President Obama challenged Americans to be patient and to expect some rough times ahead. (Of course, some of the storm clouds also are coming from the GOP...which is hinting that it will be a thorn in the president's side.)
Glenn Thrush offers a blunt assessment of what Mr. Obama faces on this day:
After a marathon Inauguration Day that ended in tie and tails, Obama and his staff trudge into the White House for a tough, unglamorous first day on the job.
The New York Times provides the same word as Politico, in describing how Mr. Obama identified the prospects for America's near-future: sober.
But there was another theme to Mr. Obama's address -- it's time to start a new era. In offering such an assessment, the president was driving home the point that the Bush administration will not linger in the White House; the past is not prologue.
The Financial Times also picked up on this theme, noting that the president called for more international cooperation and a renewed purpose for science.
And, yes, in case you are wondering, no one has a real sense of just how many people were there yesterday.