I went to the local sports bar, Monks, across the street from my work with two female co-workers at about 10:50 (10:50am), about 10 minutes prior to the swearing in so we could witness this historic moment. We took a slightly extended lunch to make sure we could see it to the finish. We were all excited. All three of us were excited knowing that the next four or so years were going to herald in a new age of hope, prosperity, and most of all, change.
As Aretha Franklin was singing one of my co-workers started to cry a little and she said
I am just so proud to be an American. It has been a long time since I have been able to feel this way.. That is a sentiment that I think many of us can relate to. The last eight years have been trying times.
It was amazing to see the footage of all of the people that gathered there, and at other places around the United States, and around the world, just to be apart of this moment and to be able to say that they were there. I was amazed and the ocean of humanity that lay out before this moment. I envied them… all of them there in Washington D.C.. I wish I could have been there to have my own pictures to show my children when they would be old enough to understand. I wish I could have been there to talk to the people that gathered, to feel the positive, optimistic energy, and to bathe in it.
I think that this is something that we all could have benefited from… to get carried away and infused with hope and optimism that can have us taking that extra moment to make a difference in someone else’s life… to be the very herald and beacon for that which we hold and hope for our own futures, now that change has come.
Obama’s speech was poignant and telling to his future foreign policies. He spoke in his well metered and tempo’ed voice…moving, powerful, and en-heartening. I look forward to that which shall come from his term in office.
That same co-worker was now happy to be able to be proud to be an American again just forward a link saying
Best Website update EVER!!!. Her link is a link to WhiteHouse.gov which shows that, amongst the other stories there, that Obama has taken office.