I walked outside on this bitterly cold afternoon and began defeatedly picking this sticker off the back of my car. Can you see that I tried every corner? It just refused to come off. While this is sad to me,…knowing George W. is gone for good, I do have the excitement of change stirring in my heart. Do I agree with all of Obama’s politics? Most certainly not. However, I do believe that he is a leader devoted to doing what he believes is best for our country. I believe that he will work hard and try new things…things that might work. I’ve had some trouble watching people like Oprah or Matt Lauer, eager with excitement that this man is about to save our country. I’ve had an eery premonition that we may be watching clips of their excitement a few years from now when things aren’t as glorious as anticipated. I hope I’m wrong. I really do.
My favorite line from his inaugural address was this:
“What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility, a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize grandly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task. This is the price and promise of citizenship.”
If this is the heart behind his new plan, then I have hope that we’ll be Ok. I believe what is fundamentally wrong with our country today is that we’ve grown lazy and arrogant. I hope this economic crisis teaches our generation to work harder, not take for granted that we will be cared for tomorrow, and revitalizes the ambition and integrity that our country was founded upon. Sometimes it takes a kick in the pants to do that, and I would much rather be kicked in my wallet than my face. Today, we are safe; we have watched the successful, peaceful transfer of power that sets our country apart from so many others; we have made a black man President of the United States of America and for all these things I am proud.
So for now, I’ll be here gearing up to be a smiling supporter of our new president, and trying to finish picking this sticker off my car.