I have to admit…as jaded as I am…that I'm not into patriotism. But, the majesty of Barack Obama’s Inauguration is beyond description. My feelings of hope, admiration, and patriotism well up in my eyes and give me a lump in my throat. I am, at this moment in time, proud of my country and extremely proud of it’s people!
The challenges Barack Obama is about to take on are overwhelming, but not, of course, unprecedented.
(CNN) – Searching the paper on the way to Washington, looking for news of the inaugural, the headlines warn of what lies ahead: “Big firms Deepen Job, Wage Cuts.” “Circuit City to Liquidate.” The storm clouds are all around us.
The challenges Barack Obama is about to take on are overwhelming, but not, of course, unprecedented. Abraham Lincoln took office with fears the country itself was on the brink of dissolution. Fears for his safety were so great he had to sneak throughBaltimore on board his train. Maryland, like Virginia, was a slave state.
FDR’s first inaugural was in the midst of the Depression. 1933. Relief would not come for many years more. So, as Barack Obama heads to Washington today, on a train trip that will re-trace some of Lincoln’s own train journey, he shoulders a great burden, but one past presidents have as well. He arrives in Washington this evening with a groundswell of public support. More than Clinton did, more than Reagan.