What an exciting day it is for America. I feel like singing U2’s BEAUTIFUL DAY. I’ve been glued to the telly since 6AM EST (6PM-Philippine time) and it’s still hours away before the inauguration.
On CNN, I see millions gathering in the mall to see Barack Obama sworn in as America’s 44th president – its first African-American leader. People have traveled from different points of the US, walking and taking different routes to get to the National Mall. They don’t seem to mind the biting cold. They are jumping up and down, walking around, or huddling together to keep warm. It’s one big security challenge, and I sure hope nothing wrong will happen today. It’s really an amazing scene, this is the first time I saw Americans have gathered this huge crowd for a president.
News anchors say that this is the culmination of Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of America: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”. I’ve read about Obama’s background and listened to his speeches, and all I have is respect for this man. He really is the right man for the job.
Katharine Seelye of the New York Times said:
“The inaugural itself will be at the Capitol, which was built by slaves who baked the bricks, sawed the timber and laid the stone for its foundation. When Mr. Obama delivers his inaugural address, he will be looking out across the National Mall, which was once a slave market, beyond the White House, also built by slaves, to the Lincoln Memorial, honoring the president who freed the slaves.”
What a great day it is for the US! The world is watching them right now! And I’m watching right along with them.