Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Sixty years from now, when grandparents are telling their grandchildren stories of significant moments in their lives, this will be number one on their list, akin to tales of where were you when JFK was shot, where were you when man landed on the moon, where were you when history changed?

January 20th, 2009. The day America turned back from the brink, the day we traded hope for fear. The day a man who redefines the term Presidential takes the office, the day a fool is sent back to Texas. The day that eight years of nightmares end, the day that eight years or more of hope begin. The day a man who was neither old nor white took office, the day the rest of us felt, for the first time, that we also held the reigns of power. The day America changed -- or changed back... the day, after so long, that we were reminded of the original dream, reminded that this is a Republic of the People, of all People, each of us equal, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or circumstance of birth.

Mr. President Barack Obama crossed into history at noon eastern standard time on January 20, 2009 -- he became president as an Asian, two Jews, and a Black Man performed a musical piece arranged by one of Hollywood's Elites. A few minutes later, as he gave his inaugural address, he proved himself yet again worthy of the job. President Obama is, if nothing else, an inspiring orator, a speaker who can get all of us to follow him to the ends of the Earth. He is FDR incarnate... Lincoln, FDR, MLK and JFK. Some comentators have called this administration Black Camelot, but that is an injustice. This administration is Camelot II -- not black, not white, not brown, not yellow -- but all colors, all people, all beliefs. For the first time, in a long, long time, this Administration is Inclusive. Are you American? Then you are us. Are you willing to help this country become what it can be? Then you are us. Are you once again, for the first time in a long time, proud of your country, proud of your leader, proud to say "Yes, I am an American?"

Then you are us, and he is us and we are one and Yes We Can. America was born with the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. America was reborn with the inauguration of an exceptional president on January 20, 2009.

Welcome to the 21st Century, for this is its true beginning. We can do anything, now that we have done this thing. We have moved forward much farther than we ever thought we could. We watched today as the ex-Presidents -- four old white men -- handed off power to a young, vital, energizing black man. If we have faith, and trust, and, above all, Hope -- Hope and Virtue -- this president can take us to the promised land, over the mountain and to that great shining valley that America was always meant to be.

Today, Hope was reborn in the American Soul. Hope with responsibility, to be sure... but, again at last, we have a leader who can inspire hope in us, inspire us to take responsibility, inspire us to the greatness that the Founding Fathers hoped for so long ago; inspire us to the greatness that is the very definition of The United States of America.

Yes, once again, for the first time in eight years, "United" is part of the name of this country. We have found our white knight, and he is a black man worth following anywhere.

Today, history was made, and if you were a part of it, you are lucky. We are all lucky. The American Eagle has proved herself a Phoenix, and we will arise from the ashes of the last eight years. E Pluribus Unum.

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