These photos are shots of the TV as Barack Obama is being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America. It was a very moving ceremony. As George W Bush arrived, he was still President so the band played ‘Hail To the Chief’ for him for the last time. After Chief Justice John Roberts had officiated over his first inauguration by swearing in President-elect Obama, he said ‘Congratulations Mr President’ and the band started playing ‘Hail to the Chief’ for the first time for the new President.
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The mood in the USA is full of excitement and hope with the inauguration today of the first African American to become President. When I listen to Barack Obama’s speeches, he reminds me of both John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King. He’s a great orator and uses words to paint powerful visual images, just like MLK did. Obama is calling on all Americans, regardless of their racial origins or any other minority group they are part of, to unite and work together with him to make their country a truly United States of America. After so many years of ‘political correctness’ that has gone way over the top causing damage to communities and society, it’s so good to hear a world leader encourage everyone to work together as one group with the same aims and goals. He is asking all Americans, including young people, to volunteer and get involved in helping others. Yesterday he led the way. On his last day as president-elect he first went to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit patients who had been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then he went to the Sasha Bruce House, a homeless shelter for teens, where he joined other volunteers to do some painting. He joked with the press, ?This is good practice ?cause I?m moving to a new house tomorrow.? Quoting Martin Luther King, Obama said ?Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.?
It’s 48 years ago now since JFK gave his own inaugural speech in January 1961. I wonder if Obama will remind of this phrase from that speech in his own inaugural address.
“And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” JFK Jan 1961
A hundred years after Abraham Lincoln issued The Emancipation Proclamation which freed slaves, Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gave his rousing “I Have a Dream” speech which included these words -
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
With the election of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States of America, 45 years after MLK’s speech, his dream has come true.
I’ve heard it said that Barack Obama reminds people of JFKennedy, but I think that the way he speaks is reminiscent of Martin Luther King himself. He speaks in ‘word pictures’ just like MLK did. This is a powerful way of speaking which gives vision and hope to the people who are listening. I hope that Obama’s Presidency will make his country truly a United States of America.
MLK’s complete “I Have a Dream” speech can be seen on You Tube.
Whatever happens tomorrow in the US Presidential Elections, America will have made history by achieving at least one ‘first’.
It will either be the first time a 72 year old has been elected President and a woman elected Vice President or it will be the first time a black American has become President.
Whichever way it goes, history will be made.
I hope that this time the elections go smoothly, and there aren’t any problems with ‘hanging chads’ like there were in 2000 when Democratic candidate Al Gore and Republican candidate George W Bush had to wait for more than a month before they knew which one of them had been elected President. There had to be a recount in Florida, and a court case that looked at the ‘intent’ of the voter when the Votomatic punch hadn’t completely removed the relevant chad but left it partially attached to the ballot paper.
It seems that the Votomatic punch doesn’t always remove the chads cleanly and so the voter’s intent comes into question. I value my opportunity to vote in UK elections, and I would want to be certain that my vote had been counted, so I would be dubious about using a system like this. I wonder if Florida is still using it this time?