What a blessed day.
I did not want Obama to win. I was a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter when she began her campaign. In the end, I reservedly voted for him. I was wrong to be against him. No one else could have brought millions out to DC. No one else could have united our country the way he has. No one else has the courage and integrity to choose strong-minded leaders–both Democrats and Republicans. No one else can lead the country like he can. I have become a huge supporter and believer.
I couldn’t end the day without a few of my favorite highlights from the inauguration. I feel blessed that we all setup camp in our large conference room at work and watched the ceremony in its entirety, skipping our meetings and conference calls. This could not be missed. This was history.
I seem to be the odd person out, but I did not like what Michelle Obama wore to the inauguration. The kids? Damn cute with the royal blue and bright pink overcoats. Jill Biden? Super hot.
This was my favorite quote from Obama’s address.
“This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when we this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decision–that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”
I loved the rhyme of Reverend Lawry’s benediction:
“In the joy of a new beginning, we as you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man–and when white will embrace what is right. Let all those who do justice and love mercy say amen.”
Lastly, I almost cried with the quartet including Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman played Copeland’s Appalachian Spring. Amazing, absolutely amazing.
God bless America. I do love this country.