Tuesday, January 20, 2009
What a Day for Happy Tears!
The media was wed to the word historic to describe Barack Obama's inauguration today but it was such an inadequate description of what today meant.
Yes, Barack Obama is the first black man to be elected President of the United States but his election as President goes far beyond this first or any of the other firsts (first bi-racial President, first President of Kenyan ancestry, first President to be born in Hawaii). What the media has failed to realize is that it's not these firsts that define the campaign, election and the inauguration of Barack Obama.
Today was about the crashing roar of the people. Those who supported him, those who voted for him, those who were indifferent, and even those who villified him were listening today. I can not recall an inauguration in which the collective populace was willing to stop, listen and think. Today was a day where we grew up as a country and as people. I think we're ready to begin listening to one another, to begin a conversation. My tears were based on the hope that today was the start of transcending red and blue, black and white, rich and poor and all the other labels that separate us to begin working to create a our American dream. This is history in the making.