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.