Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

I am so glad that I was at home today and able to witness history in the making. Barack Obama gave a powerful and moving speech. He is such a good speaker (I bet his speech teacher is proud!). The amount of people that showed up to physically witness the ceremony is estimated at over 2 million.

This is one of my favorite parts of his speech:

"That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet."

And then later this part:

"For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace."

I will pray for our new president. He has a big task ahead of him as he begins leading our forlorn country.

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1 comment:

me said...

I was in a courtroom today for a realtime trial, and the judge actually let us all stop in the middle of the proceedings to listen to the speech over the Internet in the courtroom. I was glad I didn't have to miss out on it!