Today two million people stood together in the cold to witness the swearing in of our 44th president, Barak Obama. Two million people, and countless more across the world, turned their eyes to this one man as he stepped into the most powerful position in the world. A position that only 43 Americans have held before. While this is an astounding achievement for any man or woman, for an African American it’s nearly unimaginable. When I think that 40 years ago fire hoses were being turned on young black people in the streets, I’m proud that our country has changed. I’m proud that our country has elected a leader based on his intelligence, his ideas and his conviction our country can change for the better. And I’m proud to show the world the best example of our democracy in action.
I hope that this shining moment can carry our citizens and our politicians forward in a new spirit of cooperation and optimism. I hope, I hope, I hope. Because we need it. Obama comes to power in a difficult time with many challenges. It’s time for the hard work to begin. And even though my blog will not touch on politics again, I’ll be watching, President Obama. We all will.