Wow! What an exciting day. Politics aside this part of our countries history is amazing. It’s when we officially swear in our President. The leader, per say, of our nation. No matter the candidate you voted for if you have some sense of country you know this process is both symbolic and a continued sign of our freedom. Inauguration day on Jan 20th is going to be an even more exciting time because it will be the second term of President Obama. Who happens to be of mixed race, meaning he is both black and white. As this day approached in 2008 and as it approaches now in 2013 I can’t help but think of my grandfather and his friends as they sat around the table and discussed politics. One topic of discussion always pointed to whether there would ever be a black President in their lifetime. Some of my grandfather’s friend s was on the fence they believed yes but secretly felt like it wouldn't happen. Some of his friends believed no, America, just isn't ready. As I sat there listening like on so many other occasions, for the first time I wanted to know what my grandfather thought. He hadn't said anything either way rather he just allowed the conversation to naturally flow to another issue or topic. That evening I asked him, everyone had left and he was about to go to bed himself. I asked him well grandpa what do you think and he emphatically replied “Yes there will be a black President, America is ready and he will serve two terms”. My grandfather has passed he was able to see President Obama elected to his first term and as Inauguration day approaches to commemorate the beginning of his second term I can’t help but reminisce on my grandfathers words and believe in my heart he is smiling down from heaven.
This piece of history means something different to all of us as the President is sworn in privately on Jan. 20th I can’t help but wonder if the hopes of a nation are in that ceremony with him.
No matter what you believe this story is not met to offend but rather share in the joy that we all feel for this our great country. If you would like to find out more about Inauguration Day, the festivities, and even the history please check out the links below: