Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I just listened to President Obama's inaguration speech online. I love that man. For the first time in MY memory, a political leader in the United States has cut throught the politics to lead with idealism I respect. They say this next 100 days will set the tone for his entire presidency, and so I am sure we are all going to closely watch what happens in the coming weeks. I'd say he's off to a good start. He doesn't openly criticize repulicans or former President Bush, but cuts through the hairsplitting fruit throwing slander that has become the overwhelming tone of political races in the U.S. in recent years, and addresses the problems we would all like to see tackled with one eye on human ingenuity, imagination, and potential, and the other eye on traditional American ideals such as hard work, determination, education, freedom, democracy, and the preservation of human dignity. Tall order. I think that, of anyone, Barack Obama is the man for the job.
I know I sleep better knowing George W. is out of office, no matter who his successor is, but I sleep all the better knowing his successor is an inspiration like Obama. Now, we watch and see, hopeful that his idealism will take wings and inspire positive change.
Yes, we can!