January 20, 2009


"Our challenges may be new ... 
but those values upon which our success depends, 
honesty and hard work, 
courage and fair play, 
tolerance and curiosity, 
loyalty and patriotism – 
these things are old.

These things are true. 
They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.

What is demanded then 
is a return to these truths. 
What is required of us now is a new era 
of responsibility – a recognition, 
on the part of every American, 
that we have duties to ourselves, 
our nation and the world, 
duties that we do not grudgingly accept 
but rather seize gladly, 
firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, 
so defining of our character than 
giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence: 
the knowledge that God calls 
on us to shape an uncertain destiny."

– President Barack Obama

History was made this morning, and I am proud to say that I lived to see it. I will be even more proud when the country rallies together – behind the leadership of our 44th President – and returns the United States of America to greatness.

On the night Barack Obama was elected president, I wrote a very simple note on my Facebook status. I still feel very strongly about this message:

"I hope this  election 
inspires change. 
One man was elected president – 
WE must be the change, though.”

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