It's Inauguaration Day Time for Celebration and Reflection

It's Inauguration Day, Time for Celebration and Reflection!

     This is a exciting time in our lives, when we swear in the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama, into office, on January 20, 2009. I know that all Americans will be tuning into their televisions to watch this historic moment take place at the Capital in Washington, D.C. I can feel the excited in the air, like electric energy. I watch the smile appears on every one's faces, and their need to celebrate this important moment in our lives. It's time to have fun, celebrate and be filled with happiness, that we all did something, to make this day come true. Our banding together to change the outcome of the last eight years, and voting in the right person, who will speak, for all of us. Let's put aside the negativity, and criticism for one day.

      It's time to look forward to have a event that will bring us together as a nation, for the first time, in eight years. I am very proud of that and I hope you will be, too. Here in Seattle, "The Emerald City", where the sun is shining and people are getting ready to have their own inauguration celebrations.

      My fellow employees and I are ready to have a pot luck to celebrate this exciting time. We have decided to have as part of our pot luck, Barack Obama's favorite foods, chili and pizza. Our supervisors are setting up the TV to view the inauguration where the 44Th President of the United States, Barack Obama, will take a oathe to uphold the Constitution and protect the fights of the people. All of us will listen to his speech and the many guest speakers that will have a speech or poem to commodate this important moment in our history.

     Here is the time for celebration, inauguration balls, and dinners to hold this special time, in all of our hearts. I know that all of us wish we were in Washington D.C. right now either listening to the inauguration live or attend one of these special events. So, let's make this time to celebrate and share that special time with friends, co-workers, and family members. Happy Inauguration Day to you all!

     Today I watched with friends and co-workers the President Barack Obama, and Vice-President Joe Biden being sworn into office. In the oathe President Barack Obama had to promise to, "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States," "and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." These words hung in the air as 2 million people in the Capital Mall listened and the rest watch tears stained their eyes. This was a emotional time for every "American" who had the chance to be there for this historical moment and the rest of us just watched in awe.

     I also felt the silence in the room around me and a tear became to form in my eyes as well. I listened to the speech Barack Obama spoke and the words that hit home was what he said at the beginning, "I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors". This part shook me to the core, because it made me think back to the many history classes I took in school, and what had been if our fore fathers had lost their battle against the British.

       We also have to remember the many who traveled here from foreign lands, and the native tribes already here, who had to fought hard against many foes. Their hard life made it possible for all of us to be here. My great-grandmother came to this country from Holland in 1905, and left behind her home, friends, and finance. It was her chance to start new in a country foreign in tongue, and customs.

     One other phrase caught my attention when Barack Obama said, "Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real." "They are serious and they are many." "They will not be met easily or in a short span of time." "But, know this, America-they will be met." The one thing that I understood on what Obama's was trying to say is that,those who lost their jobs, and homes will not be forgotten, and it will take time to come back from this. We will have to work together to achieve a better life by willing to sacrifice and to help others who are in need of our help. Our goal is that it is up to us to become a united nation again by working together toward a better future for every "American".

     My favorite part of the speech is "In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given." "It must be earned." What did Obama mean by this? I think that the meaning of that phrase is that we all have to pick ourselves up, and start again. That any new path we take together and the hard work in front of us, will help us regain the respect of our friends, and future allies.

     This speech was the one thing I waited for, and I am glad I heard it. It inspired me to be more than I am, as a person, citizen, and American. I hope to better myself by working hard, helping out with my community, education, and opening my mind to new possibilities. Anyone can accomplish this, but you have to take the first steps to start yourself on this new journey of personal discovery.

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