Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Proud To Be An American

I have never been more proud to be an American who is black than I was on yesterday. As I watched our new President, proudly and boldly take his oath, how could I not feel a sense of pride?

My current job provided me the opportunity to share that experience with about 45 teenage boys and girls. As the students at A. Philip Randolph Career Academy watched in awe and admiration, you could hear a pin drop. The applause and cheers that filled the school after the oath was something I will never forget. I think that knowing the history of their school's namesake made these young people more aware of the significance of this event.

The entire day was emotional for me on many levels, and I enjoyed every moment of it! I went to the gym with the intention of getting home in time to watch the Neighborhood Ball. When I got home and realized that I missed the dance, I was deeply disappointed, so I decided to watch Katie Couric instead I'm glad I did, because it offered quite a pleasant surprise. She did a segment on a civil rights leader who is often unsung...Medgar Evers. Then, she showed clips of the first couple's dance - so I didn't feel like I missed anything.

I have always felt that Mr. Obama - oops, I mean Mr. PRESIDENT was cool, suave and debonair, but in my opinion, his most admirable trait is the way that he adores, appreciates, and respects his wife. This is a real man, who recognizes the important role that his wife plays and is not in any way threatened or intimidated by her strength, intellegence and beauty. He knows that "he's a movement by himself, but with her at his side, he is a force to be reckoned with" (Neyo)

I will continue to keep our new President and his family in prayer as he now moves on to the multi-faceted task of cleaning up Bush's mess.

Speaking of prayer, did Rick Warren read his prayer, or was I imagining things. To me he appeared to be reading a prepared speech and not giving a heart felt prayer. Mr. Presiden't speeches never appear to even be rehearsed, let alone read from a script.

Anyway, as always, I leave you with...

Peace and Love.

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