Today is an Important Day
In my life, I have never seen an Inauguration Day that looks like this. In numbers and in attitude it is larger than life.
This massive display of enthusiasm is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. It is welcome. It is necessary.
Also in my life I have never made it a point to watch an Inauguration. I will be watching today to take part in the collective sigh of relief .
These last eight years have been tragic. During a time when unity on the planet was so crucial, when terrorists succeeded in splintering this planet, we needed an administration to unite the rest of the world. Our administration deliberately splintered it further and isolated us in the process. Our leadership has thrown away life, treasure and reason with an arrogance that steals the breath.
To go from that to Barack Obama is historical whiplash. Here is an exceedingly competent man who uses intelligence and confidence to inspire and lead rather than dictate. He speaks in complete sentences. He listens.
Some have already become pessimistic about the enthusiasm. That’s an easy path to take because any disappointment will allow them to say “Told you!”
Maybe it’s time that we had the courage to aim a little higher than that.
So today we start a new era. In a way, I’ll be glad when the indian-summer of our enthusiasm is over and we can get to the long winter of our work. We still are in hard times, and I’m anxious to see how President Obama will handle the expectations.
But today we celebrate.
Even if you didn’t vote for Obama, celebrate an orderly transfer of power. It is a display of respect and maturity that makes us lucky to be Americans.