This is a day I've dreamed about, hoped for and prayed about:
a child in elementary school, I remember our teachers huddling the
upper classes together in the cafetorium around a black and white TV
set to watch 's
inauguration. It was a bitter cold day on TV but not where we were, in
sunny 80 degree Miami, Florida. The wind was so blustery in
Washington, D.C that day, I wondered if their top hats would blow right
off their heads? Then an elderly white-haired gentleman said a poem
and I knew his name. It was !
that time so long ago, I've studied and taught and traveled in this
incredible country and world to see and appreciate all its amazing
diversity. (And I've grown some white hair myself!) Today, part of me
is watching TV again like a small child full of the wonder of it all!
But the grown-up part of me knows the difficult tasks ahead for our
44th "Pres". Will our nation be able to unite and find reconciliation
with the ?
Will we be able keep our poor from sinking even deeper into poverty?
Will we be sitting down to talk with our "enemies" instead of bombing
For me, looking back over the last 7 years, I would say
yes, no one has inflicted any more terror on our soil (mainly because
we've built our barriers so high!). America had gained so much
sympathy and support after 9/11 from the rest of the word, but, sadly,
turned all that good will around so that hatred for our government is
the greatest it's ever been! I fear the ineptitude of the 43rd
presidency will continue to dog us for a very long while.
But today is not the
day for fears, but for celebrations.......that a new healing path has finally
been set for our country, that goodwill from the rest of the world is
returning to us, and that the content of a man's character does count
far more than the color of his skin! I love this 'new' America! And
I'm proud of your investment in the future! Salaama na baraka
America! (peace and blessings in Kiswahili) 's inauguration as !!!! And judging from this morning's news coverages, I'm not the only one who's done this!