America and the world were witness again on Tuesday to the greatest principle of democracy.
The most powerful leader in the world was removed from power and replaced with a new most powerful leader in the world in an orderly fashion as dictated by law without conflict or confrontation. No bullets were fired, and no one died. The transfer of power was recognized and respected by all.
America, America, God truly has shed his grace on thee.
The presidential inauguration and parade were very meaningful to me because President Obama has been compared so often to John F. Kennedy, and I had the privilege of marching in JFK’s inauguration as a West Point cadet.
Watching the people along the parade route, it struck me that the pageantry is not only a celebration but a chance for us, “the people,” to endorse and participate in democracy in a very personal way.
The president’s speech reaffirmed both the opportunities and the challenges that we face. We all owe him and the nation our full support.
I listened to Obama’s speech in Washington, and I listened to Bush’s speech in Texas.
Bush’s speech was better and far more moving and inspiring than Obama’s.