Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The quote above is from one of the most well-known speeches ever give, King's "I Have a Dream" speech. If he were alive today, I've no doubt that he'd be blushing with pride to see our nation's 44th president happens to be African America.

I missed seeing Obama be sworn in on live TV, but thanks to the net, I was able to watch his inauguration speech, and what a speech it was. Before he gave it, the crowd was chanting "Go Barack!" (I thought they were saying "No More Bush!"). Speaking of the crowed, the turn out was huge! I don't really watch inauguration's but I wanted to catch this one because it was so highly anticipated. I think it was Oprah who said you could practically feel the nation teeming with delight over Obama's swearing in.

The president gave an incredible speech, but he didn't beat around the bush. He was upfront. America is facing the biggest crisis it has ever faced in decades. The econmy is in the toilet, the job market is in shambles, and the people of America are stuggling just to get by. The gist of it, we've got a tough battle ahead of us.

That being said, Obama's words were inspiring, filling the people with hope and determination, something we will all need to make it through this nightmare that we are currently living. This is the guy I wanted to win the presidency, because honestly, I believe he can do the job. I'm not saying things are gonna be bright and sunny now that Obama is the president because nothing is ever that simple and in he echoed that in his own speech. But it isn't like America to just keel over and die. If the nation did that, we never would have survived the Great Depression or won World War II. If we keep fighting and don't give up, we will make it.

So here's to a new beginning with Barack Obama. As I watched George W. Bush leave the White
House, I could only think, "Thank you, Lord!"


spideyfan said...

Mercy upon your sir Dr. King

43rd? Why'd the news say he's 44th?

Reggie White Jr. said...

I was actually confused between him being either our 43rd or 44th president. Some say 43rd because someone was ellected what, 3 times?

spideyfan said...

44 guys. Maybe Ford is not counted because he replaced Nixon after resigning and only lasted for that time

Reggie White Jr. said...

Ah, thanks for the info. I'll make the edit to this blog entry.

Tommy said...

Dr. King was likely there in spirit, I'd like to think. :)