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Inspiring day fuels hope and optimism

Being able to witness history is a rare occurrence.

The swearing into office of the first-ever black president was a historic moment.

For some, the sense of history was lost due to their political polarization. For those, this wasn’t about history, this was simply about party politics.



Shortly after 10 a.m., Barack Obama stepped into history. It was the peak of possibly the most significant presidential election ever.

Before this election started many of us thought this country would never see the day when a woman or a black man would be president.



Now we can clearly see that either is possible.

From a historical perspective, Obama’s ascent to the country’s highest office is a culmination of overcoming decades, even centuries, of violence and hatred. Racism has left countless ugly scars on our great country. Obama’s historic day helped push some of those ugly chapters to the background. However, racism is still with us, and unfortunately it may never vanish from our country completely.

Obama becomes the fourth youngest president at 47. To this point, through months of campaigning and now through his inauguration speech, he has offered nothing but words. But his words have fueled tremendous hope and optimism.

During his speech, he used the profound words that this country must choose “hope over fear.”

Our country appears to be ready to embrace that philosophy. A recent survey showed that more than 60 percent of citizens are optimistic that the country will be better under Obama’s presidency.

All of Obama’s inspirational words must now turn to actions and results.

Now that he’s taken the oath as our 44th president of the United States, expectations are as high as they come. The historic relevance now takes a backseat to the job at hand.

We are in the most turbulent economic times since the Great Depression. The challenges of the job rival his historic accomplishment. Millions of lost jobs, unemployment rates soaring, a jittery stock market, the ever-present terrorist threats … the list is long.

What Obama has done for so many U.S. citizens is instill a sense of hope and optimism. A brighter future is at hand; that’s the prevailing feeling.

During these harsh times, people are looking for hope. Without hope, times grow even darker.

As a country, we all should be pulling for Obama to succeed, because if our president succeeds, the country succeeds.

The definition of success is open to interpretation, but we all should have common hopes. Hope for a better future, hope for a safe and happy life, hope that our dreams will come true.

Tuesday was about history, hope and optimism. From this point on it’s about the job and the monumental task facing our new president and the members of Congress and the Senate. Problems that will not be easy to solve and tasks difficult to carry out.

Actions will always speak louder than words, but words give us hope and history inspires us.

This was indeed a historic day.


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