One Year After the Election of Barack Obama

The Election

November 4, 2008, the world watched as history was made in the United States.  America finally elected its first Black President, Senator Barack Obama, from Chicago, Illinois.  I first saw Senator Obama at a rally in Atlanta, Georgia.  Most people had never heard his name in Atlanta, but there were 20,000 people at a local university to hear him speak. I knew immediately that he was to be our first Black President.    On November 4, 2008 he was elected by a large margin and John McCain his opponent graciously conceded the election.  Even those who did not vote for Barack Obama was proud of America for finally ignoring the race and heritage of the person and just elected a person.

The Inauguration

It was really cold in Washington DC on inauguration day, January 20, 2009.  Although I really hat cold weather, I just could not pass up the opportunity to see this historic event.  My two children and I took a bus excursion to Washington DC and walked for miles on end.  There appeared to be about 2 million people crowded into what is called the Washington Mall.  We could only get as far as the park where large television monitors had been installed to watch the ceremonies.  I have never been fun of large crowds because of the potential for trouble.  This crowd on this day was all there for one thing, to witness the inauguration of the nation's first Black President.

Is the Honeymoon Over

It has been one year since President Obama was elected. Although the honeymoon may be over like in most marriages after one year, the love is still there. I still believe that this country has made some positive changes since the election of Barack Obama. Some people do still have jobs because of the stimulus package. Some people were able to buy new cars because of the cash for clunkers program and some people have been able to purchase thier first home because of the first time home-buyers tax credit.  We are further along on health care reform than we have been in the last 20 years.

The biggest change that has occurred since the inauguration of President Obama is that more people are involved in the political process, especially African Americans. Americans can't help but be involved because we are seeing more of this President than any other President in history. My mother used to say ;out of sight, out of mind'. This is what Americans have been used to in a President. The opposite also works, 'In sight, in our minds'. We see so much of President Obama on television that we at least know some of what is happening in the country. I think this is a positive change no matter what political party you belong to.


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