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A More Perfect Union

I cannot begin to express the feeling that I’ve had today. I am full with pride. Our nation, old and young, black and white, gay or straight, Republican or Democrat saw today what we all knew; that America is and was always: all-inclusive. That America is strong, not by its brute strength but strong by the ties that bind us.

A moment, that took all but thirty-seconds, was a transformation of the soul of this country. In those short moments, as President Obama took his oath, the world stopped what they were doing to witness history. What we watched, what everyone watched during those few moments was watching the nation, the world change a little. It sure felt different after the oath was administered. If felt that way because it was different.

Voices throughout the nation, throughout the world cheered, wept and rejoiced at this moment of unity. Because it was this moment that was larger than all of our differences, it was larger than anything that could separate us. This was just one of those moments.

I watched the millions that stood on this cold January morning. I too had chills. But my chills were from the moment. A moment that I did not want to end. I didn’t want the chills to stop running up and down my spine. I didn’t want my eyes to stop watering when I watched a teenager, sitting hours in the cold, cheer for America and wipe away a tear of hope. I didn’t want this feeling to stop ever.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once talked about a famous mountain. A mountain that he once looked over. “And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man.”

I too, like Dr. King am not worried. I am not worried because for that moment I felt that being an American isn’t about being a person of color or not, it’s about being a part of a more perfect union.

I’m glad I lived long enough to experience, if only for a brief moment, our nation’s more perfect union. Thank you President Obama. Thank you.

Posted by john trevisani at January 20, 2009 7:54 PM
Comments
Comment #273958

John,
Excellent post. For why today was special in many ways to many Americans and Citizens around the World. So is the journey that lies ahead. For just as America and Humanity built a Bridge to the 21st Century so it seems that Americas’ Democratic and Republican Civil, Political, and Religious Citizens & Leaders reconize that they must lay the foundation needed to ensure that All Humans on Earth are included in the Adult/Parents to maintain control of Society.

For why I realize that most Americans look at President Obama as the First Black American President. Limited to My Personal Opinion that he is Americas’ First President to be younger than the Children of the 70’s, I am sure that My Community Elders and Peers do not want to know what this Unlearned Unbridled Anti-Authoritarian Child of the 70’s by Freewill and Self-Nature think of today.

Posted by: Henry Schlatman at January 20, 2009 8:32 PM
Comment #273960

I too felt that same chill…or thrill, john. The last time I remember feeling that was when I watched JFK, and being too young to truly understand his full potential, I did know that he was something special. Maybe not to the rest of the world, or the country, but for a junior in high school, he impacted my world with his charisma, and his ability to speak! I felt the same kind of response to Obama today, more today because he was where I wanted him to be.
I know that many will jump on these posts as being silly or ridiculous, but I don’t care. When I watched that literal sea of humanity for the last couple of days, what was screaming at me was the mixture of people, and not seperate groups clinging together. Black and white together as one group, mixed with those who came from other countries to share this day and experience our hope in reclaiming our faith and trust and to move to a better time again. And I’m proud and excited to feel that we have already taken a giant step in regaining our dignity, our passions and prosperity once more.

Posted by: janedoe at January 20, 2009 9:56 PM
Comment #273961

john t, and all posters and bloggers on the left…I heard two of our party speak ugly stuff this evening, and would ask that you all join me in writing to them to see if we can keep our folks from going down the Jack Abramoff path that so corrupted the Republican party.

The senator from Montana, who was attending an inaugural party dedicated to his state, but being paid for by lobbyists, said he thought lobbyists were necessary if Washington was going to get anything done. Max Baucus is the top dog of the Senate Committe on Finance.

Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the Senate, at a different function, told a reporter that, ‘lobbyists are just people making a living, they have families too’ or words to that effect.

We have important things to do if we are going to bring America back, and we don’t have the time to throw away of that kind of ‘old political thinking’. Lobbyists brought about the Gramm, Leach, Bliley stupidity, and sent several Republicans to the dunce-chair in the corner during Cheney/Bush.

Please let those two yahoos know we want a better America, not the old corrupt one. Politics as usual? I hope not…

Posted by: Marysdude at January 20, 2009 9:58 PM
Comment #273964

Good call dude, and since we have all been invoked to participate in restoring this country, might as well start with this “project”.
For contacting Baucus: http://baucus.senate.gov/contact/offices.cfm

For contacting Reid:
http://reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Posted by: janedoe at January 20, 2009 10:10 PM
Comment #273967

janedoe,

Thanks for the links…I was so upset after hearing those two jerks, it slipped my mind to provide links. I’ve sent my messages, and if I’m lucky they will be read by someone who will pass on my ire and anguish at their cavalier attitudes.

Posted by: Marysdude at January 20, 2009 10:27 PM
Comment #273994

I am in awe of Obama and was happy to be part of history in the making. Nixon did me in and I have haven’t been excited about a president since then until now. I saw Obama when he came to my home town to speak and it was awesome to be there with other whites and African Americans and sharing in the moment. As much as I think that this is a monumental step forward for our country, I also realize that we still have a long way to go to have equality for all.

IMO Harry Reid is a disgusting whimp. I am embarrassed that he is a democrat. Harry Reid is a poor excuse for a politican. I hope that the next time he is up for re-election that his state will pick someone else.

Posted by: Carolina at January 21, 2009 2:54 PM
Comment #273997

Carolina,

I would hope that if you feel that way about Reid, you’ll take advantage of the link janedoe provided, and write him your disgust. Tell him ‘politics as usual’ is not acceptable any more…

Posted by: Marysdude at January 21, 2009 3:03 PM
Comment #274066

I have not been around here for a while now. I look in from time to time to see what is new. Too be honest I was pretty burned out after two years of following the presidential campaign. Plus I have been quite busy with more pressing needs. I feel I have to say that I too am feeling a great sense of pride in the American people. I can not recall in my lifetime when the American people have seemed to be more united for a common cause. I hate to say it but we have George Bush to thank. It was largely the inadequacies of his administration and congressional leadership that led us into a place where the majority of us could find a true cause to rally around. I have always felt that President Obama is a genuinely good man of great conviction and steady character. So far his actions and demeanor have served only to reaffirm those notions. I will be using the links above to let Reid and Baucas know just how I feel about lobbyists. I agree they are needed. But great reform is also needed to insure that corruption be removed from the factor and accountability be included.

Posted by: RickIL at January 22, 2009 1:48 PM
Comment #274118

Thanks, RickIL…every reminder counts. If we sit on our laurels, we’ll end up like the Republicans did. Every meeting between lobbyists, no matter if they are lobbying for foreign nations, corporations, non-profits, or other government agencies, should be in public and recorded. The government official(s) involved should be required to present a brief statement as to his/her actions regarding the meeting.

Transparency is the answer to the lobby problem.

Posted by: Marysdude at January 23, 2009 4:06 AM
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