The readers of this blog and the fans of the Foundation as a whole--at least the ones I've corresponded with--represent a pretty broad range of political views. Indeed, if anything, I'd guess that a particular breed of libertarianism is probably substantially overrepresented in this community versus the population at large. As such, I imagine that those of you reading this post may have had wildly variant views on today's events in Washington, DC, and the swearing in a of a new President of the United States of America. A large number of you live outside of the USA, and therefore may not have cared much at all.
But regardless of one's political leanings or nationality, I think that we can appreciate the sentiment behind these words from President Obama's first speech after taking the Oath:
We understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
I add my small voice to the President's in praise of "the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things." Among them, surely, are the members of every team competing for the various X PRIZEs and for literally dozens of other incentive prizes out there.
(What, you were expecting "We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders..."?)
Edit: I see Mike and I were thinking along the same lines. Glad we wrote about different sections of the speech!