Tuesday, January 20, 2009

...inauguration day

"I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together -- unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction -- towards a better future for our children and our grandchildren." Barack Obama, candidate for presidency, 4/08

What an exciting day! The cable connection at school was fixed just in time for us to be able to watch the ceremony. It gave me goosebumps. I couldn't wipe the big grin off my face. My students didn't really get it--they are unfamiliar with our county's history of civil rights and why it was significant that President Obama used Lincoln's bible for the ceremony. But they get it that we now have a president who cares about everyone in this country. Oh, happy day!

"For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace." Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States, 1/20/09

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations." Abraham Lincoln, 2nd inaugural address

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