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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"It's Morning In America"

The title above was famously used by former President Reagan in one of his commercials (I think it was the 1980 election). While I'm not sure if it was true then, I'm fairly sure it's true now. Today this country takes a quantum step forward with the swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. Now you could ask how just the swearing in could represent this kind of leap, and that would be fair; however let's remember that only 40 years ago there was still segregation in this country. Someone like Obama couldn't eat where they wanted, let alone become the President of the nation. Therein lies the leap.

Barack Obama wasn't my first choice for President, as I've noted here a few times. Quite bluntly, I don't think he has the experience for the job. That said, he will have the job on or about noon today. With that, I wish my new President well. While others in this world (such as the Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh types) may be wishing, hoping and praying for early mis-steps...all better to sell books and garner ratings...he will be in my hopes, thoughts and prayers. Ideology has to take a back seat to practicality in this day and age. We simply can't afford to have our elected officials take pot-shots at each other simply for personal gain. The stakes are now far too high.

God speed Barack Obama.

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