Just a few thoughts as the parties go on into the night across Washington.
Butchered oath of office or not, change has come to America- and maybe the world. Barack Obama is now President of the United States. The speech wasn’t spectacular in terms of pithy lines, but his point rang loud and clear. Much is possible, and we can solve our many problems if we are prepared to sacrifice, cooperate, and work together. That stretches from a change in American political culture to a renewed spirit of Americans serving their country in some way at the grassroots level. I also was impressed that some of his staff really is already at work, as I mentioned in last night’s blog links. No time like the present to start making change happen.
Can’t say I loved Michelle’s dress tonight, but seeing flashbulbs and digital cameras greet the Obamas’ every appearance tonight is pretty cool. Just as I typed part of this, CNN showed attendees of the Youth Ball (18-35 year-olds) erupting into a chant of “Yes We Can” in response to one of President Obama’s speeches. And if he can harness the enthusiasm, belief, and dedication of his supporters and staff every day, he just might be saying “Yes We Did” in a few years. So might every single one of us.
Even if a fraction of his campaign promises come true, America is going to be in much better shape than it is now. Despite the economy and the war, that’s saying something because this is the greatest nation on Earth and I’m proud to call it my home.