January 20th, 2009

Me

"Our Patchwork Heritage"

What an amazing, rousing speech by now-President Obama! It was impossible not to feel a swell of pride at an inaugural address that centered around the concepts of peace, responsibility, outreach and dignity, everything one could ever wish America to represent.

It's going to take a while, I think, for the fact that Bush and Cheney are no longer in office to truly sink in. It has been a dismal and endless eight years under their administration, and the traumatic scars of their arrogance, unaccountability, incompetence, and disregard for both international law and the Constitution dig deep. The weight couldn't lift off our shoulders immediately at 11:58, when with Joe Biden's swearing in Dick Cheney was no longer Vice President, or at 12:05, when with Barack Obama's swearing in George W. Bush was no longer President -- but it will, and soon.

Go forth, President Obama. We have high but not unreasonable expectations. Please don't let us down. I'm not sure how many more times our country's heart can be broken.