On Tuesday a black man, President Barack Obama, along with his family, walked into the White House not as a cook, butler or maintenance man but as our chosen leader — the leader of the free world.
It’s about time the United States can look the rest of the world straight into its collective eyes.
As I wrote this, I watched the inauguration of the 44th president, Barack Obama. Typically I avoid politics. In fact, the rule in my house is that political talk is treated like fighting, mostly because the former leads to the latter. I don’t care if you do it, but take it outside.
Never before have I cared even a little bit about the inauguration of the incoming president. My political ambivalence and apathy are known far and wide.
Then it hit me. Obama could very well be the answer to America’s ills and sins. This could be the turning point for not only America, but for the entire world. This might be the single most significant political event of my lifetime.
Or, it could be business as usual and, once the “rock star” frenzy wears off, Obama will be one of “them:” a figurehead. A marionette whose every word, decision, and movement are controlled by the strings leading up to the hands of special interest groups and the runaway train named “American Politics.”
Only time will tell. Here’s hoping.
I was a little more than chagrined Tuesday when, as former President Bush and his wife, Laura, were leaving, the crowd booed not only him but Laura. I thought that everyone was now working together.
This just proves two things to me:
There is still a lot of hatred in our country toward others who don’t think the same.
Anyone can disagree with former President Bush’s policies. However, to boo a person is showing the smallness of their minds.
Another perfect example was at a recent Ravens/Steelers game. A Ravens player was on the ground, and no one was sure if he was all right. The music continued to play, and people were still in a jovial mood and even booing some.
The lack of respect for other people and circumstances is what makes our country divided. I did not vote for President Obama, but as an American citizen I will do my best to uphold him in prayer and respect him as a person, even though I may not agree with some of his decisions.
I must respect him. He is our president.
It was a historic moment when President Barack Obama took the oath of office and became the 44th president of the United States. I am a conservative, and yet I found it to be a moment of excitement and jubilation.
However, his speech, which was advertised to be “one for the ages,” fell far short of that goal. It was more of the same campaign slogans and rhetoric. I did not feel that it was unifying or inspiring. It left me with the sense that the other party is now in charge. “We will do different and better.” We’ve already heard that.
The crowd’s reactions to former President Bush were the expected jeers. I don’t sense that we are at a new place in the political landscape, but I guess we’ll see.
As we watch, I will pray for President Obama and his administration.
Kansas City, Kan.