From the Lincoln Memorial, I could hear the crowd roar. On Monday morning, I reached the monument just as the inauguration program got underway. At the top terrace, the fluting of the pillars made for a smooth backrest, and the polished curve of the marble at the bottom was a comfortable seat. I sat looking east toward the Washington monument and, beyond that, the wings of the U.S. Capitol. From the chamber behind me, the statue of Abraham Lincoln gazed over my shoulder. In front of me, an inscription in the terrace marked the spot where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963. I put in my earbuds, and waited for the president to speak.