Now, There is Hope
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Photo: The inspiring view from my office window this afternoon, overlooking Madison Square Park at the corner of Madison Avenue and 26th Street in New York City, U.S. of A.
“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.”
Barack Obama at Grant Park after his election, November 4, 2008
Now, There is Hope
January 23, 2009, New York City:
I’m feeling post-inauguration glee.
For now I feel, despite eight years of being misled by a confederacy of dunces, we now have a true leader at the helm.
Moreover, he is black.
Wow, how did that happen?
I honestly never thought I’d see the day when we might have an African-American, or any “person of color” really, in the Oval Office.
I just didn’t have that much hope for the American public and I was convinced that prejudice would still reign over reason.
Thank God I was wrong.
Because, now, I feel anything is possible.
Because, now, I feel that indeed we shall overcome.
Because, now, I feel that after 40 days and 40 nights in the valley of death, we can now begin our ascent in earnest to the mountaintop.
Because, now, I feel there is hope.
And for the first time in my life, I actually feel proud to be an American.
Thank you President Obama for instilling some much-needed faith in me.
I’m ready to pitch in to do whatever I can to help this country, and this world, recover.
I’m ready to make an effort to do more for others and less for myself.
I’m tightening my belt, making “less is more” my mantra, and I’ve already signed up to help out at the Soup Kitchen next month.
I’m also resigned to spend less on things I don’t need and more on those things that make life truly meaningful—more quiet time at home, more time reading, more time creating, rather than consuming.
And finally, and perhaps most importantly, I’m looking forward to spending more time with those I love—my boys, my beautiful girlfriend, and all my great friends and family.
Thank you once again for inspiring me Mr. Obama. You give God Bless America new and truer meaning.
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
America The Beautiful, Katharine Lee Bates
“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 gladly.”
President Barack Obama’s inaugural address, January 20, 2009