Hail to the chief!
January 20, 2009 | "I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
I thought this day would never come. Not only in the obvious sense, of seeing a young African-American man take the office of President, but also in the sense that the purgatory of last eight years has seemed an eternity, and a wave of relief that it is over is sweeping the country. This day will rank up there with other "I remember when..." days — when Kennedy was shot, when we watched a man walk on the moon, when the Berlin wall fell, and so forth.
This is a day that all Americans can justifiably take pride in. Standing on the steps of the Capitol, which slaves built, Barack Obama swears to protect the Constitution that originally considered slaves three-fifths of a person. It is also a day on which we should be acutely aware of those who came before and made this day possible. They have sacrificed much, in many cases their lives.
Everything won't be perfect from now and ever more. Far from it. But this will definitely go down in history as a turning point in the American story. I'm grateful to have experienced this day.
Last updated on Apr 13, 2018