I wasn't planning on writing about the inauguration. The week before I was actually kind of annoyed at all the coverage the festivities were getting. I was very excited that Bush was going to be gone and that Obama would be president, but the inauguration seemed kind of pointless.
When I woke up yesterday, I did what I always do. I flipped on my computer, checked the email, and then signed into Twitter and the NY Times. Within a few minutes I realized this was special. Everyone was talking about the inauguration. I started looking at the photos being posted to Flickr and CNN and was absolutely astounded by the crows of people taking part in this day.
Unfortunately I had to work so I flipped on MPR in the car to listen to the coverage. The more interviews I heard the more I came to realize that the day was something to be savored and remembered. I finished my first meeting of the day and then found a place to park and just sat there listening to the coverage, following Twitter, and taking in any images that I could find. I slowly came to realize that this wasn't just a change in power, it was a change in the way this country thought about itself. Election night started the process, but it wasn't until yesterday that it was completed.
As a nation we went from a culture of fear to a culture of hope. Our president the day before had once told us to go shopping(Google cache) when things were not going well. Our new president had asked everyone who wasn't working the day before to go volunteer somewhere. The president from the day before had landed on a air craft carrier holding a sign proclaiming Mission Accomplished. Our new president spoke eloquently about race while running for president. The president from the day before had a citizen of another country throw a shoe at him. Our new president attracted a crowd of thousands when he traveled to Europe while running for office.
I don't believe that President Obama can fix everything. There is a lot to fix and he would deserve a spot on Mount Rushmore if this country was put together in four years or even eight. The only thing I know is that for the first time that I can remember we have a president worth looking up to. He's someone I would want my children to emulate, and because he's in office I think that if I have children they will have a chance to do so.
I'm excited for the next 4 years, and glad that I decided to witness history. Of course it's just the beginning. As our new president said," [o]ur journey has never been one ... for those who prefer leisure over work," meaning it's time to get to work. We have four years to prove we made the right choice, let's not put it all in his hands.