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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Let Freedom Ring

I'm not sure I can put into words how today makes me feel. From the moment I turned on my television this morning and watched the crowds gathering in Mall in Washington DC. The waving of the flags, the cheering crowds, the crowds themselves just making history. The tears have flowed at regular intervals all day.

It was a day of tradition, steeped in what has happened before, but it is also a day of newness and refreshing ideals coming to the forefront. From the moment he, Preside Obama, laid his hand on the Bible and took the oath, the swell of pride was felt in my heart, for the first time in many years I have an optimistic feeling about politics in my country. Today I knew what it meant to truly be an American and to feel a soaring pride in my country.

About a year ago I read The Audacity of Hope and I knew he would be our President; something inside me just knew. And today I cannot express my emotions as I embrace change, and desire a new type of freedom, and for hope.

This is a historical moment, not just for Black people or for those of color, but for all people who want a new government, who do have hope, who want change and want to see a more broad sense of freedom for everyone take hold.

I feel giddy in my naivety. It only took Sasha Obama giving her dad a thumbs up and some buried microphone picking up her saying, "Now you're President, daddy!"

Proud American,
Maggie

3 comments:

The W.O.W. factor said...

I feel the same Maggie! An excitement within me that I cannot explain.

Anonymous said...

I was at a volunteer luncheon today and I snuck out and watched the speech. Another man joined me. What a great day for this country!

Patti

Maggie said...

This is more amazing than anything I can ever think to experience.