Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Historical Inauguration


Photo: REUTERS/Jim Bourg

I can't pass up the opportunity to record my thoughts on the 44th president of the United States being sworn into office today. As President Obama said in his speech, his father might not have been served at a diner 60 years ago because of the color of his skin. Now we have an African-American in the White House. It makes me proud to be an American. Racism, bigotry and narrow minded thinking is still present. But I can't escape the feeling that it is somewhat muted. Maybe even silenced, at least for today.

I loved the inauguration speech. A sober yet hopeful and optimistic attitude that the road ahead will be difficult, but our resilience as Americans will make our success possible.

Here are a few words from the speech that made my own ideals light up. These words made me excited to support our new President. (I'd like to think that whoever was inaugurated today, I would have found similar reasons to cheer.)

(The bold and large font are my own editorial comments.)

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The question today is not whether our government is big or small, but whether it works.

As for the common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.

America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity and we are ready to lead once more.

…our power alone does not protect us nor does it entitle us to do as we please…our power grows through our prudent use...

We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in it’s defense.

America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict or blame their societies ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.

For as much as government can do, and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.

Our challenges may be new…but those values upon which our success depends, honesty and hard work…loyalty and patriotism, these things old, these things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.

What is required of us now, is a new era of responsibility.

Let us mark this day of remembrance to remember who we are and how far we have traveled.

With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents and endure what storms may come. (I loved this - when he referenced George Washington rallying the original defenders of our liberty.)

God bless the United States of America.

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I pray that God will be with our new president. That he will have the strength to lead our country with integrity and humility. I pray that he will not abuse the power that comes with leadership. I pray that our country really will become unified and prosperous. And I echo his final speech sentiments, God bless the United States of America.



PS - I also can't help but wonder if Jack Bauer is somewhere keeping Obama safe. Sorry, can't help myself.

1 comment:

The Colbys said...

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