Yesterday was Barak Obama's inauguration and this is a historical moment. Did I vote for him? No! Did I feel that he would represent me and what I support and want? Not really! Am I a bit bugged by Obama Mania? Ya a little. This has nothing to do with him at all really. I believe that Barack is honestly a good man, and I'm hope and pray that he will do miraculous things with our country. I hear a celebrity say the other day "This is just the beginning. Now we must continue to support and follow and give everything to Obamas administration for the next 4 years". This bugged me a bit in the sense that shouldn't we feel that way with EVERY president. We may not all agree about everything, but once a president is chosen don't you think he deserves everyone's respect and support and encouragement over his administration. Not that I feel that we should not fight for what we believe in that is why we have the government we do, I just feel that we should have the same kind of respect for all of our president. I will respect Obama as the president of the United States, just as I have those that have preceded him and those that will follow him. I did want to keep this article in my journal for historical and memorable purposes. This is truly a historic day!
Obama speech 'captured the moment in history'
Jon Ward (Contact)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
It was a speech marked for history before a word was uttered.
But at a seminal moment in the country's history, President Obama confronted a joyous nation with a solemn assessment of collective challenge and urged Americans to return to old truths such as honesty, hard work and courage to forge a path ahead.
Mr. Obama summoned the ghost of George Washington and his heroics during the Revolutionary War to call on Americans to rise up and meet "this winter of our hardship."
"Let us brave once more the icy currents and endure what storms may come," he said, in a line that was particularly poetic for the 2 million or so cold souls enduring the freeze on the Mall.
Mr. Obama countered his own sobriety with a forceful determination to lead the nation through its economic crisis and what he labeled a "war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred."
TEXT:Read the full text of the speech here
It was a hawkish and yet subtly phrased description of the terrorist threat so often caricatured by former President George W. Bush to the point that many Americans, for that reason and others, became skeptical of its reality.
Mr. Obama showed no illusions, and no weakness, in a line directed at terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and other Islamic extremists: "For those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken."
"You cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you," he said, drawing loud cheers from the assembled throng.
Speechwriters from the Bush and Clinton presidencies gave the 2,417-word address glowing reviews.
"The man met his moment," said John McConnell, who wrote speeches for Mr. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for the past eight years, and before that for Vice President Dan Quayle.