Today is a good day, a fresh start for the United States of America. No matter what your political bent is, or who you voted for, we can appreciate the historical perspective of this day. In a peaceful transition of government, one President, Barack Obama, is sworn in and one President, George W. Bush, leaves behind his executive and political power to retire to his Texas ranch.
It is this peaceful transition which makes democracy stand out among other forms of government. Our forefathers were wise enough to plan for a bloodless changeover from one political philosophy to another, this is where democracy shines. Today, we are not Republicans and Democrats, Independents, or other political party; today, we are all Americans.
As Americans, we join together to welcome our new president to his office, Barack Obama. President Obama is, as we know, the first President of African/American descent to take office. I am proud that this happened, next I hope one day to elect a woman to this highest position as well. Thus said, today is Barack Obama’s moment in history- and in that I wish him wisdom and strength to heal our economy and effectively deal with the foriegn issues at hand.
I am writing this as the inaugural events are unfolding in Washington DC. Having traveled to DC and visited the Mall many times, I can appreciate how many people are present to watch President Obama be sworn in. The camera scans the crowds, revealing a patchwork of ethnicity’s, people in all sizes, colors and beliefs. Faces filled with excitement and joy. For today, they are not merely black or white, rich or poor, Democrat or Republican, they are American.