I feel I should be writing something about America's new president. After all, I stood and watched him take the oath with his hand on the Lincoln Bible, along with several hundred million other viewers today. I tried to watch it online, but the internet was all full up and even CNN was forced to cough and sputter through a slightly delayed showing of the ceremony. It was hard to deny that the world was watching. Some were watching because their hopes were coming to fruition. Some, likely, were watching in utter disbelief.

But the truth is this: Things are gonna change. Things already have.

I have great hope for President Obama in the next four years, and possibly the four after that. I'm thirty-five years old and I can't, and likely won't, recall another inauguration quite like this. And it's not even my country.

He's found himself at the bottom of a mountain whose summit, so high and distant, might as well be enshrouded in clouds. It'll be a slow climb, and it won't be easy. The world will resist. But the world needs this to work.

To my American friends: Have patience. Continue to have hope. He can't do this alone. And he's certainly not doing it all for himself. Today was just the first "historic" of his presidency. It won't be the last.

With today's inauguration, we've reached the end of an era. Today, the prospect of social, economic, and global political reform is very real.

Let's not blow this, eh?

Posted bythemikestand at 8:53 PM  

5 stepped up to the mike:

Sizzle said... 11:25 PM, January 20, 2009  

Yes. PLEASE. Let's not blow it. Am hoping for the best.

tina said... 11:40 PM, January 20, 2009  

beautifully said mike!

HalfAsstic.com said... 12:24 AM, January 21, 2009  

I am glowing with pride...
Are you SURE you're Canadian? ;-)

SRH said... 10:15 AM, January 21, 2009  

I swear if Americans were as passionate about our politics as some Canadians are things would be amazing. Now if we can just get the government to the north of Buffalo and North Dakota to be a bit less conservative :P

Steph said... 3:49 PM, January 21, 2009  

Amen and Hallelujah.

If only we had a politician and/or a political party half as inspiring in Canada. Alack and alas.

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