A group of more politically inclined gathered in the Network Operations Center at work today—knowing that they have CNN running 24X7. We all sat silently watching as Barack Obama placed his hand on the Lincoln bible and swore his oath of office. Without provocation, all of us burst into applause when he was done.
Prior to that I watched Rick Warren offer up a prayer to an imaginary god—something I found distressing. Thankfully he mentioned MANY imaginary gods—which removes the power of fear and superstition from the hands of a few, and hands it out to all. Hopefully this is a harbinger of an administration less bent on religious oppression, but I remain watchful.
Listening to Obama’s speech, I heard words that—over and over—rang true to what I and so many other Americans have been saying for years. I admit that I cried a little—right there in front of people I’m supposed to be leading.
For all of America’s flaws, for all of our silly fears and superstitions, in spite of our tendency to be greedy and ignorant—today is a day that signals everything that is good and right with America. A man who 40-odd years ago might not have been allowed into certain provincial businesses, is President. We do learn. We do grow.
I love my country with all my heart.