If there’s one moment from today that I loved, it was seeing now-President Obama placing the step for his youngest daughter to stand on. This showed me the type of father he is that he took the time to help his youngest child be high enough to see her father take the oath, and I hope it bespeaks of the type of leader he will be over the next four years. Not that I think we need a parental leader, per se, but the quality of care this simple gesture showed to me was touching.
I think no matter what your politics are, today was a momentous day for all of us. Have we finally eradicated the historical stench of slavery? I hope so – I sincerely hope so. I know I felt a sense of completion and teared up several times.
Now I don’t think President Obama is some sort of godlike character, but it is true that aspects of his personality and character have allowed us to project our hopes and anxieties onto him. He is a mere mortal and he will make mistakes and errors. No matter what, he will please some people and groups and anger other people and groups. His job is really a no-win proposition and yet I, like all of my fellow countrymen, want him to succeed in his oath, to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”
I’m not one to pray but even for us godless ones, I wish him and his family well – but for our sakes, not his. We desperately need a leader to believe in, to inspire us, to make us want to be better men and women, and yes, better citizens of America and of the world.
Let history say of us, ‘These were golden years – when the American Revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life, when America reached for her best.
This quote was part of another charismatic president’s inaugural address – Ronald Reagan’s 1985 address. I think it is time for us as a country to ‘reach for our best’ – we deserve nothing less than an American Revolution reborn.