Obama. A new day.

Happy January the 20th 2009
Image by m-c via Flickr

Up at 3.30 am to watch a moment in history. A great day for the world. President Barack Hussein Obama represents new hope for a challenged United States and the world.  His much anticipated Inauguration speech was impressive and delivered with consummate confidence. I particularly liked this passage;

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

 Let’s hope for the change this new era promises to usher in. Full text of Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address can be found at WashingtonPost.com  

Change has come to the WhiteHouse.gov. That happened very quickly; as soon as Barack Obama was announced President. Thanks to Malcolm Farnsworth for his timely updates on Twitter during the Inauguration speech.  It was very nice being able to share the moment with members of my Twitter network who were updating from the United States and various other parts of the world.

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4 responses to “Obama. A new day.

  1. Knowing that you were staying up for this, I rushed here first thing in the morning for your update. Thanks, Jenny.

  2. Virginia Yonkers

    When I heard that the President’s speechwriter was 27, I went directly to the White House’s website to see if there was more information about him. I went too soon (11:30) and the old website was still up. I checked the website during the speech to see if there was a written copy of the speech and was surprised (more like shock) to see the new website had gone up within the 40 minutes I had been on the site.

    Having seen both websites within a short period of time allowed me to see the vast improvement in the new site. I can’t believe how much easier it is to find information and navigate. It is nice to have a tech savvy President!

    • jennylu

      @Virginia Thanks so much for posting this comment. I didn’t know the speechwriter was 27. Like you, I was impressed with the website and look forward to seeing how a tech savvy President can influence a population. Hopefully he can direct some funds into the American education system to support teachnology integration into schools.

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