"Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage."
I've been waiting excitedly for this day since the election 2 and a half months ago. I even considered going to DC for the inauguration, but decided against the cold, crowds, and chaos. In the end I stayed on Orcas to bask in the day, and listened to Obama's speech online while at work.
"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord."
Then my friend brought me champagne and orange juice at work for celebration mimosas(drank later off the clock). In the evening we went to a community party with families, good food, and a life-size Obama cutout.
A few of my favorite lines from the speech-
"Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom."
"We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do."
If you want to read the full text of Obama's inauguration speech, it's at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/us/politics/20text-obama.html
I'm a writer and editor in Seattle. I started this blog in 2008 to chronicle my travels in Latin America, and continued writing through jaunts in Europe and Asia.
Now I'm back where I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and can't stop hiking to fire lookouts in the Cascade Mountains.