Tuesday, January 20, 2009

a moment in history

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

-Barack Obama

When I read those words yesterday...just reading them, I got teary eyed. I wish I had been able to watch the Inauguration live....but I read the transcript at work and then watched it when I got home. It's an amazing time in American history and without a doubt, Obama has challenges ahead of him, but if anyone has it in him to face the issues of today, I gotta believe that Obama is the guy.

P.S. Prayers go out to Ted Kennedy who suffered from a seizure at one of the luncheons yesterday. Hugs and healthy vibes being sent to him.