The Inauguration of President Barack Obama
January 20th, 2009 at 8:18 pm by Nicole Livas under Military, Personalities, Politics
As the inaugural parade wraps up, I’ve decided to write down a couple of thoughts about this historic day. Seems everyone stopped what they were doing at one point today to watch history in the making. I’ve heard so many different descriptions from people who were there in D.C. to people who were watching the day’s events on their t.v.’s and their computers. Just looking at the National Mall, it appears to be one giant jigzaw puzzle made up of people of all different ages, colors and sizes… but all coming together for a common goal of changing America.
I was taking part in the blogging and tweeting on Facebook and Twitter and now here on www.wavy.com. It was nice to see the t.v. networks and local stations show so many different sides of this story. It was great to see civil rights heroes and former political leaders arrive in the V.I.P. section. It was rude to hear how some people greeted President Bush as he walked out into the inaugural celebration. You’d think if people went through all of the trouble to make the trip to Washington and beat the crowds, they would behave a little bit better. It’s tough to cover politics as a journalist and not have someone accuse you of being liberal or unbalanced and biased. I purposely try to present the issues and the facts.
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I wish my grandparents, my godfather, and other relatives who have passed on could have witnessed this day in history. Mainly because of the stories they told me about the hardship they faced- just because the color of their skin. I’m sure they hoped for, but weren’t certain we’d ever have a President with African ancestry this soon. In honor of my family members who have gone before me- both black and non-black, I am hopeful people will continue to move forward and work hand in hand with the same enthusiasm they’ve had over the past year. No matter what your race, gender, or political affiliation is- this is the perfect opportunity to reflect on our past, our present and our future. Take advantage of it!
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