20 January 2009

So Much to Be Proud Of

What a great two days these have been! Yesterday, I remembered history and its impact at a Martin Luther King, Jr. activity, and today I watched history as President Barack Obama took his Oath of Office. It feels like Black History Month has come ten days early! Last night I celebrated multifariousness with a Walk of Life candlelight vigil followed by a keynote speaker. (What exactly is a keynote speaker? Is it someone who is really in-tune? Or perhaps just someone who hits all the notes at the right time? Maybe it's someone who draws a bunch of skeleton keys on a notepad.) There was a Gospel Choir and selections from "I Have a Dream." I always get the chills when I hear that speech.
I Have a Dream that someday my four little children will not be judged by the
color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Well, Dr. King, that day is certainly here. The entire evening was a delightful celebration indeed. Today, I listened to the Oath of Office on the radio as I was rushing home to hear the inaugural address. What a spectactular day of vareigation! Probably my highlight was the following from the President's speech:

Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

This is more of a serious post, but these reverent occasions direct such an attitude. God Bless America and its new leadership, as well as the leaders of yesteryear!

P.S. Reuben has returned from his deathbed miraculously, and is almost in top condition again. Thank you for all your support. There are still copious amounts of moisture stuck in him, which freezes every morning so that not only does the exterior need to be scrapped, but the inside window as well. It's all very exciting.


Anonymous said...

Politics is about mastering rhetorics and that is what politicians do. But this does not equate to good leadership. Good leadership derives from the ability to create and continually build the common good of (American) society. Thus far, has Pres. Obama proven to be a politician or a good leader (set aside race. which is a political devise/tool)?

Anonymous said...

Continuing from my comment above, what America needs (regardless of party affiliation) is a good leader as President-- who can bring financial stability and jobs for the common people. It appears that Romney may win the GOP nomination, but he lacks the ability to unify people, which the Obama campaign was able to accomplish in 2008. However, Obama's supporters have diminished in numbers since then. Romney can strategically win those "lost" supporters. What's next? Who will win? To be continued....
Americans are fed up with both major parties, the corporate greed and failures, the moving of jobs overseas, and the swirling media. Clearly, Americans are financially struggling and need jobs, not more political rhetorics.

- an Independent Mormon Angkor