Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Inauguration of President Barack Obama

If I've ever wanted to be anywhere, I wish I were in Washington, DC today, personally witnessing the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the first African-American and 44th president of these United States of America.

I am so proud.

Last night, I heard Rev. Jesse Jackson asked a question on CNN. I don't recall the specific question or answer but his response, although inflected with pride, took on a "wait and see" attitude that I've heard from many. Something about, if in four years, there is stil poverty, judicial injustices, and other significant issues in the African-American community then, it's all been in vain.

I nearly spit.

I've said it before but, it's worth repeating. If only for the impact President Obama's election has made on the hopefulness and expectations of not only the African-American community but the world, and on how African-Americans, and African-American men in particular, are viewed, his presidency is already not in vain. My three African-American sons now have a world in which their dreams are truly limitless, something that was not true before November 4th, 2008 and not before today.

Yes, I too want more change. Lots of it. Change I can feel in my pocketbook and see in the community around me.

But as far as I'm concerned change has already come.

My daily prayers are with President Barack Obama, his family, and his administration.

Peace & Blessings,


Execumama said...

I agree with your statement regarding the hopefulness and expectations that have already been positively affected by Obama's role as president. We must continue to pray for him and his family, and I know that he was put here to continue to affect tremendously positive change!!

Chicki said...

Amen! I watched everything right through their first dance at the Neighborhood Ball before I finally crashed.

I've never been so proud in my whole life. Barack and Michelle's dignity and confidence was something to behold.

Patricia W. said...

I watched from about 8:15 AM to just past midnight with the exception of the 45 minutes it took me to drive home from work yesterday. It was wonderful, beautiful, amazing.