On this day in 1981, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated and the Iranians released the hostages. But the really big news was the birth of our daughter, Molly.
I have many memories of that day, but none are so beautiful as the peaceful 20 minutes they let me spend holding her, watching her watch me. It was, without doubt, the most miraculous 20 minutes of my 58 years.
Today, as we celebrate this inspiring inauguration, we will also celebrate Molly's birthday and hope that for all of us, 2009 will be a better year.
Happy birthday kid. As your grandfather advised, keep your chin up.