Happy Inauguration Day, everyone. I can't even describe how I feel right now. I know a lot of you grew up, literally, during the last 8 years, and were children or teens when GWB was sworn in. I'm slightly older than you guys, but I still feel very much that emotionally, socially, spiritually, I've grown up during the last 8 years too. Or rather, I may have grown up during the 90's, but I became an adult during the Bush administration.
The arc of the progress of the nation from the despair of 9-11 to the ongoing, spiritless, downward spiral we were in for so long has touched every single one of us individually, and probably on all levels.
But i just want to celebrate with all of my friends today, because we have emerged from what I hope will be the longest 8 years we will ever know. I wish from the bottom of my heart that the sense of community, connectedness, belief in America as a country, and hope that we all feel right now will be lasting.
I wish from the bottom of my heart that we will all take seriously Obama's challenge to do more, to become socially involved, to conserve energy and alter our lifestyles - do our part to lift our country to a better place. I hope we will view that, not as our responsibility to each other, but as the honor we have as Americans, to live and be free, in a gracious, tolerant, and endlessly hope-filled country.
Happy Inauguration day to you all. Good luck, and may you be blessed.