“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.” President-Elect Barack Obama Nov. 4, 2008
(image: photostream of Barack Obama on flickr.com )
by: Grayson Leverenz
On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama will make history as the first African-American to hold the office of President of the United States. Record breaking numbers of people are traveling to Washington, DC to participate in festivities including: the Inauguration Swearing-in Ceremony, the Inauguration Parade and Inauguration Balls.
The Inauguration Ceremony begins tomorrow at 11:30am, and will be broadcast on major channels around the world. The Parade will follow at 2:30pm.
There is a sense of excitement and real hope in the air in America today. Few can say it as well as Obama himself. From his Presidential acceptance speech in Grant Park, Chicago,
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.
It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.
It’s the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.”