Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We Have A New President

Yesterday I stayed home from work, sitting in my chair most of the day watching all of the events of Barack Obama's inauguration. When I was born Harry Truman was President. In my lifetime I have lived through Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush #41, Bill Clinton, George Bush #43, and now, Barack Obama. Although there have been previous presidents that I liked, none have excited me or given me as much hope as Barack Obama. Yes, it is wonderful that he is our first African American president, and I understand the pride, happiness, and sense of fulfillment that African Americans must have, but it's more than that for me. I think he is a truly extraordinary man. I know he is not the Messiah, and he will certainly make mistakes, and he will likely not accomplish all that needs to be done, but he is a man of hope and peace and that inspires me. I pray that God gives him the strength, courage, and vision to lead America and the world where it needs to go. I also pray that God protects him and his family from all harm.

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