A New President

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Yesterday was about a dream.

Martin Luther King Jr. was honored on Monday for his personal sacrifice to advance civil rights in our nation.

Today was about a dream personified.

Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America.

Today was a glorious day.

Millions of citizens made the trek to Washington D.C. to witness history, to be able to say they were there. I wish I was one of them, but I had to rely on television to participate.

In his inaugural address, Obama spoke eloquently and to all, both here and around the globe. Many, including me, were eager to hear what he had to say.

Our new president was strong and purposeful with his words, stating an intention to return this great land to a path of progress through work and creativity.

He spoke pointedly of protecting our civil liberties, not eroding them in an acquiescence to fear-mongering.

Obama let the rest of the globe know that we will be a good neighbor to them, not a heavy-handed intruder.

Yet, he also made it clear that we will not let attacks go unchallenged.

He admitted the citizens of this nation also have much work to do to help restore our country. Our new leader challenged each of us to make wiser, tougher decisions for our own betterment.

Our new president’s shoulders must be broad for he has many burdens to bear. The task ahead of him won’t likely be completed in four years, but I believe he is the man we need to roll up his sleeves and get to work on an array of issues that is daunting.

I watched this historical speech with four other women. Snow swirled outside bringing with it an air of purity and freshness.

We were all rapt, hanging on the words of our new president – a man elected because he provided hope to us and the majority of the voters in this country. Obama offered us a chance to believe in leadership for the people instead of the minimization of the public’s voice. Over the course of our morning in a location more than 800 miles away from the actual scene of the swearing in, tears were shed, applause rang out and a hearty wave of goodbye/good riddance was sent to the former Commander In Chief.

I won’t be able to say I stood on the parade route when Barack and Michelle Obama strolled through Washington, D.C., but I can say I stood when he placed his hand on the Lincoln Bible and recited the oath of office.

Today really was a glorious day.

Tomorrow the work to heal our nation resumes.

Here is his eloquent speech (in two parts).

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