Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Day Has Arrived

From my point of view:
At approximately 12:04pm est, President Obama took the oath of office and became the 44th President of the United States of America. With cheers, hopeful hearts, tears of joy, and deep pride we welcomed the First Family to the White House and the first African American to the highest office in the land. With respect and unity, we listened to the strong message he delivered from the Capitol Building today. While there are those who focus on skepticism and the disappointment that their candidate did not win, many Americans look toward the future with optimism and hold much respect for the man that has agreed to take on the incredibly difficult task of leading our country at this particularly challenging time. The change of leadership alone offers relief to many of us and the fact that this change is lead by President Barack Obama is thrilling. As he has said often, the road ahead will be difficult and the changes we seek will not appear overnight but I, for one, support him wholeheartedly and am willing to give him and his administration the time needed to address the crises they've just inherited. I do not expect perfection yet I trust he has the wisdom, integrity, grace and strength required for the days and years ahead. What an extraordinary day.

Thank you, Mr. President and First Family, and welcome.

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