A Moving Inaugural

Charles Dharapak / Associated Press
Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

After eight years of George W. Bush I’d be thrilled for Kermit the Frog to be sworn in as President of the United States. While I was excited for Barack Obama to become the President, I was more excited for the departure of W. That changed yesterday. Obama isn’t just not-Bush; he’s the real deal and I am excited for this country under his administration.

I began the 2008 campaign a Hillary supporter. However, I’ve always been a fan of Obama’s policies: universal health care, and end to the wars, a restoration of science to its proper place and his pragmatic evidence-based approach to challenges. I also am impressed by his intellect and maturity.

I listened to the inaugural festivities on the radio as I drove to Boston yesterday. I was particularly moved by the following quotes from President Obama’s speech.

We’ll restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.

Science? That is a word that was missing from the previous administration’s lexicon. Hearing it uttered by our newest president in his first speech to the nation is encouraging.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and non-believers.

Wow! The President of the United States stated publicly that this is not a Christian nation and, in the same sentence, acknowledged—for the first time in history—us non-believers. I was ecstatic and proud.

Hope. Change. Yes, I am excited. I think I could become an Obamaniac.

Design: Shepard Fairey
Design: Shepard Fairey

3 thoughts on “A Moving Inaugural”

  1. That was a great inaugural address. I too was thrilled just to have Bush out of office. But I am also excited to have Barack Obama as our new president. His policies and promises are encouraging, and he seems very intelligent, candid, and competent.

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