I am a liberal but that is not why today is so amazing. Don’t get me wrong though, I was all too happy to be rid of President Bush. No this day is probably the most powerful reason why I love the country I live in. Today a new president was sworn in. The government went from Republican to Democratic in just a few words, with no bombs and no raiding in the streets.
I sat in the Donaghey Student Center with everyone from black to white to brown, student to teacher to worker, and we watched history being created. I was so excited that I wrote down every detail so I could tell my children and grandchildren. Then something made me sad. I looked outside the window and there were people not watching. Some were smoking cigs, some were reading, and some were just sitting in the sun. I was really irritated. Whether you like President Obama or not this is huge for our nation, and I am not just talking about Obama becoming the first African-American President. I mean he is our new president! That alone is good enough! This nation spoke and we elected a new President. That’s HUGE!!! I mean there are countries that are so tired of the way their government is treating them and there is nothing they can do about it. All we have to do is once every four or six years, depending on the office, stand in a line and mark a sheet of paper. That is so simple, nothing more nothing less. I can’t believe how some people would take that for granted! Oh well, as my good friend, well not really but I think we could get along all right if ever we met, Ron White says, “YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID!!”
For the people that missed the speech of our lifetime here are a few of my favorite parts:
- “Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.”
- “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.”
- “We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”
- “Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage. “
- “To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist. “
- “This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath. “
But the ending takes the cake:
- “So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people: ‘Let it be told to the future world … that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it).’ America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.”
For those of you who would like to read the entire speech follow this link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090120/ap_on_go_pr_wh/inauguration_obama_text
For those of you who would like to watch the speech follow this link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27721638/
I hope the next four years for this country are far better than the last eight! (Come on guys you didn’t think I would let you leave me without one last stab at Bush??? HAHA!!! Never!!!)
Later Guys and Gals and Remember: Stay Fabulous!!!.
Ps: Almost forgot… To Senator John Cornyn from the “great” state of Texas:
Why in the world are you being such a punk??? We all know Hillary is clean as a whistle and
exactly what this country needs from a Secretary of State!!!
Get over yourself, you “UN-FABULOUS JERK!!!”