Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Good Day

As I watched Joe Biden take the oath of office, I thought I could not have been more enthusiastic as I was at that moment. I wanted to jump for joy and shout "Farewell Dick". I secretly hoped that someone would wheel him off the platform right then and there. I watched in awe as our new Commander-In-Chief, President Barack Obama, gave yet another inspiring and eloquent speech. I wanted to cry out, AMEN. I literally did so at the end of the benediction (which was fabulous). I was pleased, as many were, to see our truly humble, dignified new president, escort the former first family to their final point of departure from the capital of our country. I still wonder how we as a nation allowed such an indignant administration to remain in charge for the past eight years. But alas, we now look ahead to challenges and changes that as daunting as they may be, will be handled in a manner in which we can all be proud. While none of us, nor the new administration, can fix the issues at hand, we can feel confident that we, as citizens of The United States of America, will be given utmost consideration for what is truly in our best interest as a people and as a nation. The two men in the White House now are not only intelligent and well-spoken, they are compassionate and committed to an agenda that benefits all Americans, not just their own itinerary. Praise God. This IS a good day.

1 comment:

angiejean said...

I have had the luxury to sit and take it all in over the past few days. As I did so, I realized that my country is what affords me this luxury.

A lot of impressively smart people said a lot of really smart things about what this inauguration means. For our country it is a turning point. This moment requires all of us to look at ourselves, our lifestyles, and our hope for the future of the country. And to encourage others to do the same.

What's different now is everything. A few years ago Joseph and I had a conversation about whether or not he could one day be a senator. The mood of the discussion was barely optimistic. But today if we had that conversation, the entire premise has changed. Teachers who tell their students that they can attain whatever goals they set, can now be more assured that what they are saying is real. Something that has never happened before.. just happened.

And instead of our focus being on disgust and confusion, it can be on service and hope. We can look to a leader, a real leader, who is interested in what works, and looking for a future that is better for all our country's citizens.

This is largly about a generational shift. High school students don't understand the real extent of the racial struggle that was going on 50 years ago. And that's because there has been progress. One historian said that Obama is "the embodiment of both the tragic and the triumph of this country." And there he is, arguably the most powerful man in the world. There are still plenty of problems, economic as they were then, but new ideas are being considered, and new blood is being involved.

There is so much to be thankful for this day. I am thankful for a country in which all of this is possible.