Oh Happy Day!

by Wendy Copley on January 20, 2009

20/365

I am so proud to be an American today! So very, very proud. I haven’t been able to wipe the grin off my face all day long. President Obama isn’t actually the candidate I was supporting at the beginning of the election (Kucinich!), but he is who I voted for in both the primary and the general election. Obviously, I’m thrilled that my candidate won, but I’m also proud that my country elected an African-American president. My friend Evan pointed out today that 150 years ago, 11 states seceded on the election of an anti-slavery president. Today, 79% of Americans support our black leader. I wondered if I would see this day in my life time and now it has come.

I made a point of having both boys watch the actual swearing in with me. We don’t have a TV, so we watched on my laptop on the kitchen table. Wyatt asked questions and I think he got the gist of it, if not all the details. (“Is Rock Obama our new king, Mama?”) Augie didn’t really understand it either, I don’t think. đŸ˜‰ But some day, I’ll be able to have a conversation with them about the history they witnessed today, what went before and what this means to our country.

I was heartened by the President’s inaugural address and I found it filled me with…yes…wait for it…hope. Hope that some of the violence perpetrated by and against our country will come to an end. Hope that our privacy and civil liberties will be restored (besides my husband’s conviction that that will never happen to his satisfaction). Hope that science, logic and reason will prevail. I loved this line:

We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.

And I was impressed by this one as well:

We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers.

A shout-out to agnostics and atheists! An acknowledgement that people of all beliefs should be respected! Cool.

The tide is turning. No matter how this turns out in the end, there’s no doubt things are going to change around here.

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  • Jessica

    I STILL swear the sun was shinning brighter here! Lorelei didn’t have much interest in watching the swearing in, but she did say “It is a VERY important day, Mama” and she was RIGHT!

  • Jessica

    I STILL swear the sun was shinning brighter here! Lorelei didn’t have much interest in watching the swearing in, but she did say “It is a VERY important day, Mama” and she was RIGHT!

  • Aunt D

    I shed a lot of tears yesterday. It took almost 67 years of my life to see a modicum of equality come to this nation. I can’t even imagine how the black population feels about this. As one journalist said on TV, “They have been treated like crap for 300 years, and to see it come to this.”

  • Aunt D

    I shed a lot of tears yesterday. It took almost 67 years of my life to see a modicum of equality come to this nation. I can’t even imagine how the black population feels about this. As one journalist said on TV, “They have been treated like crap for 300 years, and to see it come to this.”

  • We decided to drive the 12 hours up to DC at the last minute…and we’re not even American!!!!

    Our 4 year old was born here though and we really wanted him to be a part of it. In years to come he’s going to be able to say, “I was there!”. And we love that!!
    Plus living in the bible belt we felt that it made this even more meaningful!

  • We decided to drive the 12 hours up to DC at the last minute…and we’re not even American!!!!

    Our 4 year old was born here though and we really wanted him to be a part of it. In years to come he’s going to be able to say, “I was there!”. And we love that!!
    Plus living in the bible belt we felt that it made this even more meaningful!

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