Posted by: Robin | January 20, 2009

Inauguration

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http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/01/inaugural_preparations.html

This is the last photo on the link above of pictures of Inaugural preparation. It was taken this past weekend at the Inaugural Concert on the mall. They range from whimsical to profound. Check them out!

I had a chill when I saw this. The symbol of Barach Obama under the eye of another son of Illinois whom he has invoked in his train trip east and repeatedly in reference and style. Maybe even more poignantly, invoking by his standing on the same spot Martin Luther King, Jr. and his “I Have a Dream Speech.” I was a teenager then and listened to the clips in awe. I watched and worked in restive inner-city neighborhoods during the civil unrest of the late 60s and early 70s. If a picture is symbolic, if it is worth a thousand words and dreams, this is it. It is an image of hope. The hope in many ways remains to be proven. But for this day it rings in the air. And I am grateful for my vantage of witnessing a critical fifty years of history that finds this moment of fruition for many. Today I set aside the qualifiers that reason demands. Today I am grateful.

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[Above another attempt at embedding, probably futile, but it is a day to invoke a little hope of my own.]

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  1. As a foreigner who wants good things to happen in any and all parts of the world, I wish Americans will work more in harmony with their president. How successful Obama can be as American president will depend on how well his fellow-Americans can rein in their demands for their expectations to be satisfied.

    http://novice101.wordpress.com/2009/01/20/inauguration-and-high-hopes/

    Keep the hopes alive.


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