It is Tuesday January 20, 2009. I am in London England. What is clear to me on my travels is just how important this Inauguration is to the United States and the world itself. The upcoming Inauguration of Barack Obama is all around me everywhere.
I was not old enough to appreciate just what the Inauguration of John Fitzgerald Kennedy the 35th President of the United States meant. But throughout my life I had learned just what a special time it was, a time known as Camelot.
For years people have have been trying to stake a claim to the legacy of President John F. Kennedy ever since that day in Dallas many years ago. Well for the first time in my life, I feel like my generation is having a chance to stake a claim to Camelot. We have a chance for a new beginning. This president has a big job in front of him, a job we all hope he is able to accomplish. Barack Obama will be given a chance to make change in a way that very few presidents ever will. Never before will a Democratic president see the support he will from the Republicans. All Americans know we need change, we need to move on and get beyond the problems our country faces.
As I think back over previous presidential Inaugurations a few great speeches jump out in my memory.
President Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural Speech
“With malice toward none, with charity for all”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt first Inaugural Speech
“Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”
President John F. Kennedy Inaugural Speech
“My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
As I watch the Inauguration of Barack Obama, I am struck by how many people are in Washington to be there. This new President I am sure is feeling the weight of responsibility and hope this country is putting in him. Just how important a time it is for the country.
As I watch this on CNN, I am using a Facebook plugin. So I can see how many of my friends are watching. The majority of them are login and watching. This is the first Presidential Inauguration that I am sure the majorly of my friends stopped what they are doing to watch. It illustrates just how special a time this is.
In a few minutes the United States will pass the Baton to the new President. My Hopes and prayer go out to the new President.
Posted Michael Corey,
Founder & CEO, Ntirety