Earlier today, President Obama was inaugurated as President of the United States.
An inaugural ceremony, conducted every 4 years, commemorates the practice started by President George Washington, of a formal new beginning for each individual has been elected President of the United States.
If you ever get a chance to go to attend the official swearing ceremony of the President of the United States, I would recommended it. It's an amazing ceremony. I have been to four of them now and they are always fun to watch and know that you were a part of history. What makes a democracy work are elections, even when the elections are difficult. So observing the peaceful transfer of power is always an amazing event to watch.
But why wait 4 years? Next time you are Walt Disney World, visit The Hall of Presidents. The Hall of Presidents, currently located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, is a great historical attraction displaying all 44 Presidents of the United States of America. It’s not often that you get to see all 44 Presidents together, but leave it to the magic of Disney to do the impossible once again.
The Office of the President of the United States is the only one we created that embodies all of our hopes and dreams as a people. It's an institution that is defined by many things - from the personalities of the occupants to their visions of the future or the memories of ghosts from the past.
The Office has faces many crises - slavery. the westward expansion. extreme partisanship. electoral contents. financial crises. assassinations. wars. It seems there has not been a crises yet that it has not faced. There have been strong leaders and weak ones. Some have expanded the Presidents' reach and some have restricted it.
While we have made monuments of some, we can not forget that at the end of the day, they are just men. Men who strive for public acclaim and suffer from private pain.
You don't need to wait four years to learn about the Presidents, go onto Youtube to see Disney's Hall of Presidents or take an opportunity to read about one of those men who helped shaped the United States of America.
You can follow me on Twitter or to read more of my DC Disney Travel Examiner articles about Walt Disney World or you can sign up for a free subscription.