Today, I am thankful for President Barack Obama.
The wonder is that, as we walk it, the path becomes clear. We have only to trust it into action, then truth reveals itself, shining all the brighter for the darkness of our time.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. ~President Barack Obama, inauguration speech, 20 January 2009
... let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested, we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
~President Barack Obama, inauguration speech, 20 January 2009
Inauguration Day 2009.
I never thought today would arrive. But, here it is, in all its glory.
In Colorado Springs, we're enjoying an extraordinarily beautiful winter day. The bluest skies, springlike temperatures hovering in the low 60s, the slightest breeze. Too bad I have to go to work.
Fortunately, someone brought in a television. I see that the inauguration festivities are well under way.
Just after 10 AM MST, I pause at the television and watch Barack Obama take the oath of office. His voice is clear and steady. And confident, strong.
He finishes, to the utter delight of the massive crowd gathered in the National Mall. I turn to a colleague and give her the thumbs-up sign. She smiles and returns the sign.
It's time to celebrate - really celebrate - this historic event. Finally. We worked so hard to make it this far.
But, the inauguration is just the starting point of another journey. Tomorrow, our work rebuilding America begins anew.
And, yes. I am still fired up ... ready to go!
For this blessing, I am grateful.