I am pretty much speechless at this moment. That is really rare for me, especially when it pertains to politics or history. Having just watched the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, I returned to my desk and realized I was just witness to history.
In all of our lives there are those moments that we will remember vividly forever and ever. We remember where we were, who was with us, every detail that occurred, and even how our senses reacted on that day (sights, smells, sounds, etc.). For me, the events of my life that can be categorized like that are the Challenger explosion, Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, the Oklahoma City bombing, the start of the first Gulf War as seen on CNN, the Princess Diana tragedy, and every horrific moment of September 11, 2001. I can definitively state that January 20, 2009 now is added to that list.
Today I am proud to be an American. I haven't said that in a long time. I have hope and I have a renewed faith in our country today. I do not believe that President Obama has all the right answers, but having watched how the events have transpired these last few days and listened to the words of our new President, I am once again optimistic. For me the moment of President Obama's inaugural speech was:
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends -- hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility -- a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
I believe again in my country. I believe again in the democratic process. I believe again in a commitment to global freedoms. I believe again in the American public. I believe again in the core values of our founding fathers. And I even believe again in our government. I just hope that this will all continue, and that this new age of RESPONSIBILITY is embraced by all and grows exponentially.
I am a firm believer also in the truth that pictures represent thousands of words and emotions, so I share just a few that have impacted me today:
I am curious to hear from you all. What comments do you have to share on a historical day like today?