I’m sitting in a hotel room in San Mateo, California. I’ve just finished watching President Obama’s inauguration. It’s the first presidential inauguration I’ve ever bothered watching and I must say I was very moved by the President’s speech.
As a Canadian I can’t help but be at least interested in what happens in the United States politically. My country is greatly influenced by the goings on of our neighbours to the south. This was the first time however that I was riveted to the TV, in the same way that I know many of my friends back in Canada and in Europe were tuned to theirs. I know that it’s not just because I’m currently in the United States and spent last evening with American friends.
There is so much hope around the world that you can almost feel it in the air – hope for change, hope that this hugely powerful and influential nation will step up and begin to set a good example for the rest of the world.
I didn’t know that I would ever see an African-American President in my life-time but I know that I will remember this day. And I hope when I look back on this day years from now, I will be able to see it as the beginning of a global shift toward change, acceptance and peace.
Too lighten the mood a bit, I have to share this video sent by my friend Amy. Good-bye Mr. Bush… don’t let the door hit you on the way out.