The Inauguration: There’s Hope!

The Presidential Inauguration always gets me energized about our country’s future. It gives me hope. Call me a patriotic softie, but I enjoy it.

Once again we went through another Presidential Inauguration with no riots in the streets and it was peaceful. The person who won the election in November was inaugurated in January – just exactly how our constitution says it should happen, but I doubt the founding fathers thought it would become this big a deal. I wonder what they would think about the First Lady’s attire getting so much attention throughout the day (by the way Michelle and the kids looked wonderful and made us proud).

No matter what our country just keeps churning along…

The pageantry of the Inauguration is something to behold – everyone has a place – some people even have seats! We can be very proud of our country – we do put on a great show here in the United States!

While I am not always in favor of everything he does, I am proud of this President (just like I was proud of the Presidents before him) – because he is my President and this is my country!

President Barack Obama’s speech was good – not great – but just good. I felt a sense of sadness when listening to it because our leaders have such an enormous job ahead of them. But I also felt a sense of hope that we can overcome our problems and be even better.

Of course, some Republicans did not like it, and many Democrats embraced it. When the President gives his State of the Union speech on February 12, there will be even more to love and hate. I expect the President’s tone in that speech to be much tougher.

I do love speeches. My favorite part in the President’s speech was the “Our journey is not complete until…” lines where Obama said:

For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law –- (applause) — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity — (applause) — until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.

Our country’s journey has been tough-going these past few years, but we may not have seen the toughest times. The White House, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House must work together in the next four years. Let me repeat, must-work-together. If not, our country may suffer consequences we have not seen in our lifetimes.

I feel a sense of renewal for our country with each Presidential Inauguration. President Obama probably feels the toughest part of this job is behind him – but I think the toughest part for him will be the next four years getting the debt and spending under control.

I have hope that they can all work together. Is that too much to hope for?

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